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Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza Instrumental in Improved Statewide Mercury-Light Disposal Program

Peloza Bill Signing - Light Disposal

Following the 2014 legislative session the governor endorsed a program update for disposing lights containing mercury. Senator Joe Fain of Auburn and Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza worked to secure passage of the changes. The legislation updates an existing stewardship program created in 2010 to facilitate responsible disposal of lights with mercury given the public health and environmental dangers.

“Keeping people safe by reducing accidental or unknown exposures to mercury is critical to public health,” said Fain, who represents Auburn, Kent, Covington and Renton in the Washington State Senate. “Councilmember Peloza’s work and advocacy to improve this legislation and get it through the legislative process was incredibly important. On behalf of Auburn residents I’d like to thank him for sharing his time and expertise.”

The state Department of Ecology will now oversee the program, which was updated through broad participation by stakeholders. Consumers who purchase bulbs containing mercury will be able to dispose of them at collection stations found at existing hazardous waste facilities, stores where the bulbs are sold, and recycling sites throughout the state.

“It was an honor to stand beside Representative Hunt, Senator Fain and Governor Inslee when he signed ESHB 2246, the Mercury-Light Lamp Stewardship Program,” said Peloza, who has been a member of the Auburn City Council since 2004. “This bill is an environmental movement and partnership between government entities and industry.”

Lawmakers approved the legislation during this year’s 60-day session that ended March 13. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 28 and goes into effect June 12, 2014.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Joe Fain and Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza (far right) gathered at the Capitol as Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation updated the state’s mercury-light stewardship program.