The Vermont Legislature passed a law in 1998 (10 V.S.A., Chapter 159 §6621a, §6621d, §6621e) to regulate the sale and disposal of mercury-added products. New legislation was passed in 2005 (10 V.S.A., Chapter 164 §7101 - §7715) that expanded the current legislation to include requirements for labeling that more closely aligns with the labeling requirements of other states, notification, restrictions on the sale of certain products, and other provisions related to mercury-added product regulation.
Chapter 164 is the governing statute on comprehensive mercury management replacing or amending existing sections in Chapter 159. The 2008 legislation expanded the law to include provisions relating to mercury-containing thermostats under §7116.
Vermont Mercury Statutes - Chapter 164 (modified 2008)
Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC)
The Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) provides ongoing technical and programmatic assistance to states that have enacted provisions of the Mercury Education and Reduction Model Legislation, and provides a single point of contact for industry and the public for information on mercury-containing products and member states' mercury education and reduction programs. Mercury-added product manufacturers have a "notification" requirement in order to sell their products for use in the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. This notification may be submitted through a regional clearinghouse (IMERC) in order to fulfil this requirement.