Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/04/25

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Subject: Re: Hg batteries
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 11:14:54 -0400

At 10:59 AM 4/25/97 -0400, Ken Wilcox wrote:
>Here in Michigan we have a beverage bottle law that was passed many years
>ago. The store owners and bottlers didn't like it, but they didn't stop
>selling beverages. I suspect that the storage problems and inconvieniece
>caused by dirty empty bottles and the storing thereof is much less that
>would be caused by a few batteries.
>Even if SOME retailers refused to sell them, others would sell them.

The professional associations for the camera dealers actively lobbied the
EPA NOT to adopt this system.  In other words, the EPA DID consider
mandating an exchange system, but the camera industry, as a whole, opted
otherwise.  Hence, the EPA did not adopt the system, and mercury batteries
are rapidly going away.

There's a bit of star chamber work at play here.  Unless you follow these
issues, you, as a citizen, don't know WHEN these issues are being
considered or by which regulatory agency.  I didn't find out about all this
for a year or three after the EPA had ruled on it.

Marc  FAX:  +540/343-7315
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