Monday, December 12, 2016

Wheel weights, paint recycling and dredging bills advance

lead wheel weights

The New Jersey Assembly's Environment and Solid Waste Committee this afternoon approved and released the following bills:

A-261, sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex), prohibits the installation and sale of wheel weights containing lead or mercury. The bill also prohibits sale of new motor vehicles equipped with wheel weights containing lead or mercury. The bill was released on a 5-0 vote.  Here's what the sponsor had to say about it 

A-1373, sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen), requires paint manufacturers to establish a recycling program for used consumer paint. 

The bill was released on a 4-1 vote with a paint manufacturers organization and several recycling and environmental groups in support.  

A-4152 , sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak(D-Cape May), limits application of DEP shellfish habitat rules for certain dredging activities.

The bill would eliminate the current requirement for pre-dredging testing for shellfish habitats when the dredging would be undertaken in limited areas near marinas. 
The bill would not apply to new development or to an expansion of any water-dependent development.  A person dredging would have to obtain all other required state and federal permits and approvals for the dredging.

The legislation was released 5-0. 
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