SENATE AMENDED

 

PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 787, 3903, 4308, 4408

PRINTER'S NO.  4465

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE BILL

 

No.

708

Session of

2009

  

  

INTRODUCED BY ROSS, THOMAS, ARGALL, CARROLL, CLYMER, CREIGHTON, DePASQUALE, FLECK, GEORGE, GIBBONS, HESS, JOSEPHS, MANDERINO, MANN, McGEEHAN, MELIO, MILLER, MILNE, MURT, M. O'BRIEN, O'NEILL, PRESTON, QUINN, REICHLEY, SCAVELLO, SIPTROTH, SONNEY, STERN, VULAKOVICH, WANSACZ, WATSON, HOUGHTON, FREEMAN, BRIGGS, BRADFORD, FRANKEL, M. SMITH, McILVAINE SMITH, GERBER AND KORTZ, MARCH 4, 2009

  

  

AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, IN SENATE, OCTOBER 12, 2010   

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Establishing a recycling program for certain covered devices;

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imposing duties on manufacturers and retailers of certain

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covered devices; providing for the powers and duties of the

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Department of Environmental Protection and for enforcement;

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establishing the Electronic Materials Recycling Account in

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the General Fund; and prescribing penalties.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Chapter 1.  Preliminary Provisions

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Section 101.  Short title.

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Section 102.  Definitions.

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Chapter 3.  Duties of Manufacturers and Retailers

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Section 301.  Applicability.

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Section 302.  Sales prohibition.

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Section 303.  Labeling requirement.

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Section 304.  Registration.

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Section 305.  Manufacturer plan and reporting.

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Section 306.  Retailer responsibility.

 


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Chapter 5.  Administration

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Section 501.  Duties of department.

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Section 502.  Annual report.

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Section 503.  Additional duties.

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Section 504.  Fees for collection or recycling of covered

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devices.

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Section 505.  Environmentally sound management requirements.

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Section 506.  Disposal ban.

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Section 507.  Enforcement.

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Section 508.  Regulations.

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Section 509.  Multistate implementation.

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Section 510.  Electronic Materials Recycling Account.

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Chapter 7.  Miscellaneous Provisions

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Section 701.  Expiration.

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Section 702.  Effective date.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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CHAPTER 1

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PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

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Section 101.  Short title.

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This act shall be known and may be cited as the Covered

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Device Recycling Act.

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Section 102.  Definitions.

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The following words and phrases when used in this act shall

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have the meanings given to them in this section unless the

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context clearly indicates otherwise:

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"Brand."  Symbols, words or marks that identify a covered

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device, rather than any of its components.

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"Computer."  A desktop or notebook computer. The term does

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not include an automated typewriter, professional workstation,

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server, mobile telephone, portable handheld calculator, portable

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digital assistant, MP3 player or other similar device.

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"Computer manufacturer."  A person:

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(1)  who manufactures covered computer devices to be sold

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under its own brand as identified by its own brand label;

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(2)  who sells covered computer devices manufactured by

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others under its own brand as identified by its own brand

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label; or

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(3)  who assumes the duties imposed on the computer

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manufacturer under this act.

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The term does not include a person who manufactures only

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peripheral computer devices.

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"Consumer."  An occupant of a single detached dwelling unit

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or a single unit of a multiple dwelling unit who has used a

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covered device primarily for personal or home small business

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use. For purposes of this definition a small business is an

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entity that is independently owned or operated, employs 50 or

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fewer people, has purchased or leased a covered computer device

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from a computer manufacturer or retailer and, but for the

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program established under this act, would not otherwise have

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access to electronic recycling programs.

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"Covered computer device."  A desktop or notebook computer or

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computer monitor or peripheral, marketed and intended for use by

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a consumer. The term does not include a covered television

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device.

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"Covered device."  A covered computer device and covered

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television device marketed and intended for use by a consumer.

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The term does not include:

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(1)  a device that is a part of a motor vehicle or any

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component part of a motor vehicle assembled by or for a

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vehicle manufacturer or franchised dealer, including

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replacement parts for use in a motor vehicle;

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(2)  a device that is functionally or physically a part

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of or connected to or integrated within equipment or a system

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designed and intended for use in an industrial, governmental,

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commercial, research and development or medical setting,

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including, but not limited to, diagnostic, monitoring,

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control or medical products as defined under the Federal

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Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (52 Stat. 1040, 21 U.S.C. § 301

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et seq.), or equipment used for security, sensing,

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monitoring, antiterrorism, emergency services purposes or

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equipment designed and intended primarily for use by

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professional users;

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(3)  a device that is contained within a clothes washer,

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clothes dryer, refrigerator, refrigerator and freezer,

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microwave oven, conventional oven or range, dishwasher, room

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air conditioner, dehumidifier, air purifier or exercise

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equipment; or

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(4)  any of the following:

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(i)  Telephone of any type, including a mobile phone.

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(ii)  Personal digital assistant.

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(iii)  Global positioning system.

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"Covered television device."  An electronic device that

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contains a tuner that locks on to a selected carrier frequency

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and is capable of receiving and displaying television or video

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programming via broadcast, cable or satellite, including,

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without limitation, any direct view or projection television

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with a viewable screen of four inches or larger whose display

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technology is based on cathode ray tube, plasma, liquid crystal,

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digital light processing, liquid crystal on silicon, silicon

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crystal reflective display, light emitting diode or similar

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technology marketed and intended for use by a consumer primarily

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for personal purposes. The term does not include a covered

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computer device or a mobile telephone.

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"Department."  The Department of Environmental Protection of

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the Commonwealth.

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"Desktop computer."  An electronic, magnetic, optical,

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electrochemical or other high-speed data processing device

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which:

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(1)  Performs logical, arithmetic and storage functions

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for general purpose needs which are met through interaction

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with a number of software programs contained in the device.

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(2)  Is not designed to exclusively perform a specific

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type of limited or specialized application.

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(3)  Achieves human interface through a stand-alone

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keyboard, stand-alone monitor or other display unit and a

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stand-alone mouse or other pointing device and is designed

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for a single user.

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(4)  Has a main unit that is intended to be persistently

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located in a single location, often on a desk or on the

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floor.

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"Manufacturer."  A computer manufacturer or a television

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manufacturer.

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"Market share."   An estimate of the total weight of a

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television manufacturer's sales of covered television devices

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during the previous program year calculated by multiplying the

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weight of its covered television devices sold nationally times

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the quotient of this Commonwealth's population divided by the

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national population.

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"New covered device."  A covered device or a covered

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television device that is manufactured after the effective date

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of this section.

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"Notebook computer."  An electronic, magnetic, optical,

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electrochemical or other high-speed data processing device

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which:

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(1)  Performs logical, arithmetic or storage functions

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for general purpose needs which are met through interaction

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with a number of software programs contained in the device.

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(2)  Is not designed to exclusively perform a specific

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type of limited or specialized application.

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(3)  Achieves human interface through a keyboard, video

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display greater than four inches in size and mouse or other

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pointing device, all of which are contained within the

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construction of the unit which comprises the notebook

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computer.

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(4)  Can be carried as one unit by an individual.

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(5)  May include a supplemental stand-alone interface

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device.

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(6)  May use external, internal or batteries for a power

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source.

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The term does not include a portable handheld calculator,

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portable digital assistant or similar specialized device.

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"Obligated share."  The proportion of covered computer 

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devices that reflects a manufacturer's returns share or covered

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television devices that reflects a manufacturer's market share

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responsibility under this act.

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"Orphan device."  A covered computer device for which no

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manufacturer may be identified.

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"Peripheral."  A keyboard, printer or any other device sold

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exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input

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into or output from the computer. The term does not include

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adaptive or assistive technologies.

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"Person."  An individual, trust, firm, joint stock company,

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business concern, corporation, government agency, partnership,

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limited liability company or association.

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"Program year."  A full calendar year beginning on or after

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January 1, 2011.

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"Purchase."  The taking by sale of title in exchange for

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consideration.

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"Recycling."  A process by which covered devices that would

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otherwise become solid waste or hazardous waste are collected,

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transported, separated and processed, including disassembling,

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dismantling or shredding, to be returned to use in the form of

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raw materials or products in accordance with environmental

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standards established by the Department of Environmental

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Protection.

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"Retail sales."  The sale of covered devices through sales

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outlets, via the Internet, mail order or other means, regardless

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of whether the retailer has a physical presence within this

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Commonwealth.

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"Retailer."  A person who offers for sale, other than for

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resale by the purchaser, new covered devices in this

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Commonwealth by any means, including, but not limited to, sales

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outlets, catalogs or the Internet.

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"Return share."  The proportion of covered computer devices

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for which an individual manufacturer is responsible to collect,

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transport and recycle.

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"Return share in weight."  The total weight of covered

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computer devices for which a manufacturer is responsible to

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collect, transport and recycle.

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"Sale" or "sell."  A transfer for consideration of title,

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including, but not limited to, a transaction conducted through a

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sales outlet, catalog, the Internet or any other similar

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electronic means. The term does not include a lease.

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"Secretary."  The Secretary of Environmental Protection of

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the Commonwealth.

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"Television manufacturer."  A person who:

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(1)  manufactures covered television devices to be sold

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under its own brand as identified by its own brand label or 

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being sold under a brand it licenses; is licensed to use;

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(2)  sells covered television devices manufactured by

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others under its own brand as identified by its own brand

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label; or

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(3)  assumes the duties imposed on a television

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manufacturer under this act.

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CHAPTER 3

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DUTIES OF MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS

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Section 301.  Applicability.

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The collection, transportation and recycling provisions of

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this act shall apply only to covered devices used by and

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collected from a consumer in this Commonwealth.

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Section 302.  Sales prohibition.

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(a)  General rule.--No manufacturer and, no later than 12

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months after the effective date of this section, no retailer may

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sell or offer for sale in this Commonwealth a new covered device

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unless the brand is included on the list of registered

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manufacturers and their brands maintained by the department

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pursuant to subsection (b).

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(b)  List to be maintained by department.-- No later than six

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months after the effective date of this section, the department

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shall maintain a list of each registered manufacturer, the

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brands of all covered devices reported in each manufacturer's

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registration and the brands of covered devices for which no

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manufacturer has registered and post the list on the

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department's Internet website.

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(c)  Duty of retailers to consult list.--

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(1)   Beginning no later than 12 months after the

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effective date of this section, a retailer of new covered

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devices to be offered for sale in or into this Commonwealth

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shall consult the list prior to selling new covered devices

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in this Commonwealth.

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(2)  A retailer shall be considered to have complied with

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paragraph (1) if, on the date that the new covered device was

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ordered from by the retailer, the brand was on the list of

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registered manufacturers and is posted on the Internet

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website identified in subsection (b).

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Section 303.  Labeling requirement.

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On or after the effective date of this section, no

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manufacturer or retailer may sell or offer for sale in this

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Commonwealth a new covered device unless it is labeled with the

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manufacturer's brand whether owned or licensed.

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Section 304.  Registration.

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(a)  Manufacturers registration.--

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(1)  A manufacturer of new covered devices offered for

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sale in this Commonwealth shall register with the department

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by January 30, 2011, or six months after the effective date

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of this section, whichever is later, and pay a registration

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fee of $5,000.

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(2)  After January 30, 2011, or six months after the

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effective date of this section, whichever is later, if a

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manufacturer has not previously filed a registration, the

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manufacturer shall file a registration with the department

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prior to any offer for sale or delivery in this Commonwealth

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of the manufacturer's new covered devices and shall pay to

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the department a registration fee of $5,000.

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(3)  A registered manufacturer shall submit an annual

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renewal of its registration to the department and pay to the

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department a registration fee of $5,000 by January 1 of each

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program year. The registration and each annual renewal shall

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include a list of all brands the manufacturer is using on its

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covered devices regardless of whether the manufacturer owns

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or licenses the brand, and shall be effective upon receipt by

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the department.

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(b)  Reporting by manufacturers.--

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(1)  In addition to reporting all brands under which its

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covered devices are offered for sale, regardless of whether

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the manufacturer owns or licenses the brand, the  

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manufacturer's annual report to the department shall include 

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an estimate of the total weight of its covered television

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devices sold to households during the previous year

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calculated by multiplying the weight of its covered

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television devices sold nationally times the quotient of this

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Commonwealth's population divided by the national population.

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The report required under this paragraph shall be submitted

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to the department upon initial registration and then by

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January 30 each year thereafter.

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(2)  When a manufacturer or group of manufacturers

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conducts its own collection, transportation and recycling

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program for covered devices, the manufacturer or group of

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manufacturers shall submit a report to the department

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annually by January 30, beginning the year after the program

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is initiated. The report shall consist of the total weight of

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covered devices collected from consumers in this Commonwealth

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by the manufacturer or group of manufacturers during the

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previous program year and documentation verifying collection

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and recycling of such devices.

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(c)  Sales data.--Any national sales data submitted by a

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television manufacturer to the department to fulfill its

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obligations under this act shall be exempt from disclosure under

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the provisions of the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L.6, No.3),

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known as the Right-To-Know Law, and shall not be disclosed by

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the department unless otherwise required by law or court order.

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(b)  (Reserved).

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Section 305.  Manufacturer plan and reporting.

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(a)  Collection, transportation and recycling plan.--

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(1)  A manufacturer shall establish, conduct and manage a

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plan to collect, transport and recycle a quantity of covered

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computer devices equal to the manufacturer's market share.

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The plan shall be submitted to the department for review.

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(2)  A group of manufacturers may submit a joint plan to

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collect, transport and recycle the manufacturer's market

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share.

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(b)  Contents of plan.--The plan required under subsection

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(a) shall include:

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(1)  Methods that will be used to collect the covered

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devices, including the name and locations of proposed

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collection sites.

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(2)  The processes that will be used to recycle,

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including a description of the recycling processes that will

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be used and the names and locations of recyclers to be

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directly utilized by the plan.

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(3)  Means that will be utilized to publicize the

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collection opportunities, including specification of an

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Internet website address or toll-free telephone number that

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provides information about the manufacturer's program in

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sufficient detail to allow consumers to learn how to return

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their covered devices for recycling.

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(4)  The intention of the manufacturer or each

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manufacturer to fulfill its obligated share under this act,

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through operation of its own program, either individually or

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with other manufacturers as a group.

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(5)  A listing of all collection sites for covered  

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devices.

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(6)  For an initial plan submitted by a manufacturer or

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group of manufacturers, an estimate of the weight of covered

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devices to be collected during the first program year. The

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plan shall also include information demonstrating the process

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by which the manufacturer or group of manufacturers will

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increase the collection of covered devices by a minimum of 2%

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by weight per year beginning with the second full program

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year.

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(c)  Reporting by manufacturers.--

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(1)  (i)  In addition to reporting all brands under which

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its covered devices are offered for sale, regardless of

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whether the manufacturer owns or licenses the brand, the

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manufacturer's annual report to the department shall

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include: an estimate of the total weight of its covered

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devices sold to households during the previous year

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calculated by multiplying the weight of its covered

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devices sold nationally times the quotient of this

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Commonwealth's population divided by the national

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population.

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(ii)  The report required under this paragraph shall

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be submitted to the department upon initial registration

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and then by January 30 each year thereafter.

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(2)  When a manufacturer or group of manufacturers

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conducts its own collection, transportation and recycling

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program for covered devices, the manufacturer or group of

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manufacturers shall submit a report to the department

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annually by January 30, beginning the year after the program

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is initiated. The report shall consist of the total weight of

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covered devices collected from consumers in this Commonwealth

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by the manufacturer or group of manufacturers during the

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previous year and documentation verifying collection and

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recycling of the devices.

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(d)  Sales data.--National sales data submitted by a

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manufacturer to the department to fulfill its obligations under

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this act shall be exempt from disclosure under the provisions of

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the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L.6, No.3), known as the Right-

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to-Know Law, and shall not be disclosed by the department unless

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otherwise required by law or court order.

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(c) (e)  Approval of plan.--

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(1)  The department shall review a plan submitted to it

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under subsection (a) and, within 60 days of receipt of the

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plan, determine whether the plan complies with the provisions

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of this act.

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(2)  If the department approves the plan, the department

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shall notify the manufacturer or group of manufacturers. If

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the department rejects the plan, in whole or in part, the

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department shall notify the manufacturer or group of

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manufacturers and provide the reasons for the plan's

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rejection. Rejection of a plan shall be based on the plan's

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failure to provide the information required by subsection

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(b).

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(3)  Within 30 days after receipt of the department's

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rejection, the manufacturer or group of manufacturers may

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revise and resubmit the plan to the department for approval.

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(d) (f)  Effect of failure to comply with approval approved 

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plan.--

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(1)  (i)  If the total weight in pounds of covered

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devices collected, transported and recycled during a

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program year by a manufacturer or group of manufacturers

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is less than the sum of the obligated shares in weight

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for that program year of each manufacturer participating

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in the plan, the manufacturer or group of manufacturers

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shall submit to the department, by March 15 of the

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following program year, a payment to cover the cost of

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collecting, transporting and recycling the unmet portion

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of the sum of the obligated shares in weight.

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(ii)  The payment shall be equal to the quantity of

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the unmet portion, in pounds, plus an additional 10% of

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such quantity, multiplied by the cost per pound for

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collection, transportation and recycling of covered

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devices.

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(iii)  All payments collected under subparagraph (ii)

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shall be deposited into the Electronic Materials

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Recycling Fund Account and shall be used to fund the

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activities under section 501 and other recycling programs

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within this Commonwealth this act.

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(2)  The department shall:

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(i)  Determine the average cost for collection and

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transportation of covered devices to be used in

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calculating the penalties under this paragraph.

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(ii)  No more frequently than annually and no less

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frequently than biennially review these costs and shall

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publish for public comment any proposed changes to these

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costs.

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(e) (g)  Multiple computer manufacturers.--

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(1)  Where more than one person may be deemed the

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computer manufacturer of a brand of a covered computer 

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device, any one or more such persons may assume

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responsibility for and satisfy the obligations of a

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manufacturer under this act with respect to covered computer 

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devices bearing that brand.

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(2)  In the event that no person assumes responsibility

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for and satisfies the obligations of a computer manufacturer

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under this act with respect to covered devices bearing that

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brand, for purposes of compliance with these provisions, the

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responsible party shall be the person who satisfies paragraph

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(1) of the definition of computer manufacturer.

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(f) (h)  Construction.--Nothing in this act shall be

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construed to exempt any person from liability that person would

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otherwise have under applicable law.

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Section 306.  Retailer responsibility.

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(a)  Public notice.--A retailer shall notify customers about

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the manner in which to recycle a covered device and of the

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locations for the collection and return of covered devices. This

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notification shall occur either by posting the information

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within the retail location, by providing the department's toll-

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free telephone number, Internet website or both, or by providing

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retailer-developed information.

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(b)  Compliance.--A retailer shall comply with sections

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302(a) and (c) and 303.

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CHAPTER 5

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ADMINISTRATION

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Section 501.  Duties of department.

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The department shall:

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(1)  Encourage the use of existing collection and

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consolidation infrastructure for handling covered devices to

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the extent that this infrastructure is accessible on a

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regular and ongoing basis to at least 85% of the population

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of this Commonwealth, is cost effective and meets the

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environmentally sound management requirements of section 506.

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(2)  Update the list maintained pursuant to section

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302(b) upon receipt by the department of a manufacturer's

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registration or an annual manufacturer registration renewal.

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(3)  Organize and coordinate public education and

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outreach. The department shall work with retailers to develop

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the appropriate public education and outreach materials and

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to assist retailers as necessary in the conduct of their

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public education and outreach efforts.

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(4)  Review all plans submitted by a manufacturer or

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group of manufacturers for the collection, transportation and

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recycling of covered devices.

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(5)  Oversee the implementation of all approved plans and

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take the necessary actions to ensure compliance with approved

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plans.

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Section 502.  Annual report.

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The department shall prepare and submit annually to the

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General Assembly and post on its Internet website a report that

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includes:

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(1)  The total weight of covered computer devices or

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covered television devices collected in this Commonwealth

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during the previous calendar year.

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(2)  A complete listing of all manufacturers' collection,

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transportation and recycling programs and collection sites

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operating in this Commonwealth during the prior calendar

8

year, the parties that operated them and the amount of

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material by weight collected at each site.

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(3)  An evaluation of the effectiveness of the education

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and outreach program.

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(4)  An evaluation of the existing collection and

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processing infrastructure.

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(5)  Recommendations for expanding the program to include

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additional electronic devices. All recommendations shall be

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accompanied by an analysis of the positive and negative

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aspects along with a cost benefit analysis of the

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recommendations.

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Section 503.  Additional duties.

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The department shall:

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(1)  Maintain an Internet website and toll-free telephone

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number complete with up-to-date listings of where consumers

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may take covered computer devices or covered television 

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devices for recycling under this act.

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(2)  No more frequently than annually and no less

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frequently than biennially, review the amount of the covered

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computer device and covered television device recycling and

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registration fee. Recommended changes to the covered computer

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device and covered television device recycling program and

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registration fees shall be published in the Pennsylvania

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Bulletin. The department shall provide for a 30-day public

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comment period on the recommended changes. The department

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shall consider all comments received and revise accordingly

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any of its original recommendations and changes to the

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program or fees, which shall be contained in the annual

6

report. The Environmental Quality Board may promulgate

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7

regulations to adjust fees so that the fees generate

8

sufficient revenue reasonably necessary to implement this

9

act.

10

Section 504.  Fees for collection or recycling of covered

11

computer devices.

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No manufacturer or retailer may charge a fee or cost to a

13

consumer for the collection, transportation or recycling of a

14

covered device, unless a financial incentive of equal or greater

15

value is provided to the consumer. The financial incentive may

16

be in the form of a coupon or rebate.

17

Section 505.  Environmentally sound management requirements.

18

(a)  General rule.--Covered devices collected through any

19

program in this Commonwealth, whether by a manufacturer,

20

retailer, for-profit or not-for-profit corporation or unit of

21

government, shall be recycled in a manner that is in compliance

22

with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, regulations

23

and ordinances and may not be exported for disposal in a manner

24

that poses a significant risk to the public health or the

25

environment.

26

(b)  Performance requirements.-- All

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(1)  All entities shall, at a minimum, demonstrate to the

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satisfaction of the department compliance with the

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Environmental Protection Agency's: Guidelines for Materials

30

Management of the Partnership referred to as Plug-In to

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1

eCycling or Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices for use in

2

Accredited Certification Programs as issued or any subsequent

3

revisions or new editions and make this available on the

4

Internet website described in subsection (c) in addition to

5

any other requirements mandated by Federal or State law. that

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the facility to be used to recycle covered devices has

7

achieved and maintained third-party accredited certification

8

from:

9

(i)  the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices

10

Standard;

11

(ii)  the e-Stewards standard; or

12

(iii)  an internationally accredited third-party

13

environmental management standard for the safe and

14

responsible handling of covered devices.

15

(2)  All entities shall provide information about their

16

certification and its standing to the department along with

17

any other requirements regarding this subsection that may be

18

mandated by Federal or State law. The department shall make

19

this information available on its Internet website.

20

(c)  Department to maintain Internet website.--The department

21

shall maintain an Internet website that includes a list of

22

entities and organizations that the department has determined

23

have met the performance requirements.

24

Section 506.  Disposal ban.

25

(a)  General rule.--Two years after the effective date of

26

this section, no person may place in municipal solid waste a

27

covered device or any of the components or subassemblies thereof 

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its components, excluding any nonhazardous residuals produced

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during recycling in any solid waste disposal facility.

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(b)  Hold harmless.--An owner or operator of a solid waste

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1

disposal facility shall not be found in violation of this

2

section if such owner or operator has:

3

(1)  made a good faith effort to comply with this

4

section;

5

(2)  posted in a conspicuous location at the facility a

6

sign stating that covered electronic devices and covered

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television devices or any components thereof of their

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8

components shall not be accepted at such facility; and

9

(3)  notified, in writing, all collectors registered to

10

deposit solid waste to such facility that such devices or 

11

their components shall not be accepted at the facility.

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(c)  Definition.--For purposes of this section, "facility"

13

shall have the same meaning given to it in section 103 of the

14

act of July 7, 1980 (P.L.380, No.97), known as the Solid Waste

15

Management Act. The term does not include a transfer station.

16

Section 507.  Enforcement.

17

(a)  Judicial action.--

18

(1)  The Commonwealth, through the Attorney General and

19

the department, may initiate independent action to enforce

20

any provision of this act, including failure by the

21

manufacturer to submit a plan as required in section 305 or

22

to remit the registration fee pursuant to section 304(a) to

23

the department.

24

(2)  Any funds awarded by the court shall be used first

25

to offset enforcement expenses. Money in excess of the

26

enforcement expenses shall be deposited into the Electronic

27

Materials Recycling Account and used to support the

28

activities under this act.

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(b)  Penalties.--

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(1)  Any manufacturer who fails to label its new covered

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1

devices with a brand, as required by section 303, who fails

2

to register with the department and pay a registration fee,

3

as required by section 304(a), may be assessed a penalty of

4

up to $10,000 for the first violation and up to $25,000 for

5

the second and each subsequent violation in addition to

6

paying for any fees, payments and penalties required by or

7

imposed pursuant to this act.

8

(2)  Except as otherwise provided under paragraph (1),

9

any person, including a retailer, who violates any

10

requirement of this act may be assessed a penalty of up to

11

$1,000 for the first violation and up to $2,000 for the

12

second and each subsequent violation, in addition to paying

13

for any fees, payments and penalties required by or imposed

14

pursuant to this act.

15

(3)  All penalty moneys collected under paragraphs (1)

16

and (2) shall be deposited into the Electronic Materials

17

Recycling Account and used to support the activities under  

18

this act.

19

(c)  Injunctive relief.--A violation of the sales

20

prohibitions of this act may be enjoined in an action in the

21

name of the Commonwealth, brought by the Attorney General.

22

Section 508.  Regulations.

23

The department Environmental Quality Board may adopt rules

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and regulations as shall be necessary for the purpose of

25

administering this act. The regulations shall be promulgated in

26

accordance with the act of June 25, 1982 (P.L.633, No.181),

27

known as the Regulatory Review Act.

28

Section 509.  Multistate implementation.

29

The department may participate in the establishment and

30

implementation of a regional, multistate organization or compact

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1

to assist in carrying out the requirements of this act.

2

Section 510.  Electronic Materials Recycling Account.

3

(a)  Establishment.--The Electronic Materials Recycling

4

Account is established as a restricted account in the General

5

Fund. All proceeds resulting from the manufacturer's

6

registration fees, renewal fees, penalties and judicial actions

7

shall be deposited into the account.

8

(b)  Uses.--The department may expend the moneys of the

9

Electronic Materials Recycling Account only to carry out the

10

duties imposed on the department under this act.

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CHAPTER 7

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MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

13

Section 701.  Expiration.

14

(a)  Duty of Secretary of Environmental Protection to monitor

15

Federal law.--

16

(1)  The secretary shall monitor the enactment of laws by

17

the Congress of the United States to determined determine 

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whether any law has been so enacted that establishes a

19

program directed to the collection and recycling of covered

20

devices.

21

(2)  If the secretary determines that such a law is

22

enacted, the secretary shall publish that determination as a

23

notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The notice shall include

24

a statement that the effect of the notice is the immediate

25

expiration of this act as provided under subsection (b).

26

(b)  Effect of secretary's determination.--This act shall

27

expire on the date a determination of the secretary under

28

subsection (a) is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

29

Section 702.  Effective date.

30

This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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