3rd Networking Call Series
February - June 2007
Model State Thermostat Program
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Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Overview: Following its success in mediating a state mercury thermostat legislative agreement - turned law - among industry, environmental organizations, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, PSI developed a comprehensive model thermostat program. The two major areas covered in the model are a ban on new sales of mercury thermostats and methods to increase the collection and recycling of existing mercury thermostats. In some cases, the model incorporates options for state policymakers, recognizing states may prefer different administrative and legal approaches for addressing some of the collection-related issues. PSI facilitated a collaborative national process involving 7 conference calls that involved a range of stakeholders, including representatives from thermostat manufacturers; retailers; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors and wholesalers; state government agencies; and national environmental groups.
On the seventh conference call, participants reached agreement on 11 elements that, together, form the model state program. In some cases, more than one option is provided for a particular element. PSI has distributed the draft model program to all participants, incorporated minor comments, and finalized the model. However, several participants subsequently raised concerns about the model. Owing to time and resource constraints, PSI believes it is best to distribute the current model so that states seeking a comprehensive approach can use the model as a starting point for discussions about the best option for their state.
Legislation using elements from the model have already been introduced in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Vermont, Montana and California. On this call, PSI and key stakeholders will discuss this initiative and demonstrate how other states can implement their own thermostat collection program.
Scott Cassel (Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.)
Scott Cassel is the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute, which pursues initiatives to ensure that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts. Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is also a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 25 years for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other state agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
David Lennett (PSI Contractor)
David Lennett is a contractor, who has worked for PSI on mercury thermostat issues for the past three years. After graduating from law school in 1979, Mr. Lennett became the principal hazardous waste attorney for Environmental Defense, leading the effort to enact the major policy enhancements to RCRA (the federal hazardous waste regulatory law) in 1984. Following his move to Maine in 1986, he consulted on hazardous waste matters for local and state governmental agencies, and environmental organizations. In 1999, he was appointed by the Governor of Maine to direct Maine’s Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management at the Department of Environmental Protection, where he became the point person for state activity on mercury products and other mercury-related matters. After leaving state government in 2003, Mr. Lennett returned to private practice, where he continues to focus on mercury pollution through activities such as participating in UNEP and other forums to develop a global mercury strategy to reduce mercury supply, use and releases; investigating the principal uses of mercury in China; and developing programs to improve the capture rates of collection.