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Mercury test requirements updated (new law)

Published (4/8/2010)
By Sue Hegarty
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Solid waste facilities that are diligent about testing for and removing mercury from the waste-stream will be rewarded for good behavior, under a new law signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty April 1.

For example, Olmsted County has a proven track record of removing more than the required amount of mercury under its current permit. It plans to expand its incinerator facility and, if mercury emissions remain below 50 percent of the new unit’s permitted limit for one year, fewer tests will be required, according to the new law. That could save the county up to $40,000 annually, according to county officials.

Rep. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) and Sen. Dan Skogen (DFL-Hewitt) sponsor the new law, which is effective April 2, 2010.

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