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  1. Campaign to Remove Mercury Switches from Cars Bailey Mylleville NEWMOA Breaking the Mercury Cycle Conference May 1-3, 2002

  2. Clean Car Campaign • A Collaboration Between:  • Ecology Center • Environmental Defense • Great Lakes United • Mercury Policy Project • Michigan Environmental Council • Union of Concerned Scientists • American Council for an Energy Efficient • Economy

  3. The Clean Car Campaign Embodies the Principles of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) • Manufacturers responsibility for product • life cycle impacts • EPR forges the critical link between the • end-of-life products and product design • Responsibility of products throughout • their lifecycle will reduce toxicity of • products and increase recyclability

  4. Strategic Research • Mercury in Fleet • 11.2 tons used in U.S. vehicles in 1996 • 150 million switches now on the road

  5. Electric Arc Furnaces • 120 U.S. facilities • Up to 10 tons of mercury released each year

  6. Mercury Auto Facts • Each switch contains approximately • one gram of mercury. • These switches are not collected when • cars are retired and end up remaining • adhered to the steel, which is sent to • steel reprocessing centers.

  7. Mercury Auto Facts (cont’d) • An estimated 5.3 – 6.7 metric tons of • mercury were used in U.S. produced • 2000 automotive models. •  The entire North American fleet of • approximately 225 million vehicles, • puts an estimated 164 to 191 metric • tons of mercury on the road.

  8. Auto Mercury Applications • Convenience Lighting • “Most” pre-1995 hood and truck lights Other HID Headlamps Navigational displays Backlit instruments Family entertainment systems

  9. Mercury Auto Project • Significant amounts of mercury are still • being used in vehicles, largely due to the • use of mercury in lighting devices and • anti-lock braking systems • According to a 1996 white paper by the • Society of Auto Engineers, mercury • switches accounted for 99% of North • American uses of mercury in • automobiles

  10. Mercury Proposed Switch Collection Program • Combination of In-Use and End-of-Life Collection • Goal of 90% Capture Rate • Phase-out and labeling of all mercury-added components

  11. Campaign Activities • National Switch-the-Switch Events • Working with State Attorney Generals • Mercury-Free Vehicles Partnership

  12. Goals for Auto Mercury Project • Raise public awareness about mercury • use in vehicles • Producer responsibility for automakers • to establish mercury switch removal • and collection programs • Ultimate elimination of mercury use in • vehicles

  13. Resources Available Campaign Web Page: www.cleancarcampaign.org Workgroup Minutes & Survey Results Email: mercuryinautos@glu.org Bailey Mylleville, Clean Production Coordinator Great Lakes United Phone: (716) 886-0142 Fax: (716) 886 –0303