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  • NJ A261
  • Prohibits installation and sale of wheel weights containing lead or mercury; prohibits sale of new motor vehicles equipped with wheel weights containing lead or mercury.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/30/2017)
Crossed Over
(1/23/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit the installation and sale of wheel weights containing lead and mercury, and the sale of new motor vehicles equipped with wheel weights containing lead or mercury. Wheel weights are fastened to automobile rims in order to balance tires, and thereby prevent uneven tire wear and ensure a smooth ride. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many of these weights contain lead and mercury - two highly toxic heavy metals. Often, these weights fall off cars, and are either washed into storm sewers and end up in waterways, or are gathered during street cleaning and placed in landfills or incinerators. Because the weights are susceptible to atmospheric erosion, they can release lead and mercury into the environment. One study found that approximately 12 tons of lead in the form of wheel weights is deposited on New Jersey roadways each year. Currently, there are no federal laws governing the use of lead or mercury wheel weights. This bill would prohibit: (1) the installation on any motor vehicle of a wheel weight that contains lead or mercury that was intentionally added during the manufacturing process; (2) the sale or offering for sale of a wheel weight that contains intentionally-added lead and mercury; and (3) the sale of a new motor vehicle equipped with a wheel weight that contains intentionally-added lead or mercury. The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a public education program about these prohibitions. The bill would also grant the DEP authority to enter, during normal business hours, and upon presentation of appropriate credentials, any retail establishment at which wheel weights are used or sold, and any new car dealer, in order to determine compliance. Under the bill, anyone who violates this bill would be subject to a penalty of up to $2,500 for each offense. The bill would also allow the department to seek an injunction against a violator. The bill is similar to those passed in at least six other states.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Environment and Energy, Environment and Solid Waste, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee  (on 1/30/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/30/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
1/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (69-0-0)
12/12/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
12/12/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (13:00 12/12/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 1/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 69 0 11
Detail 12/12/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1