Amend the bill by striking out all of section 1 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§1, ¶E is enacted to read:
E. "Contractor" means a person engaged in the business of installing, servicing or removing thermostats and other heating, ventilation and air conditioning components.
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§2, ¶E, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. E, §2 and affected by §5, is further amended to read:
E. Within 3 months after the department develops phase one of the plan required by subsection 4, provide Provide a financial incentive with a minimum value of $5 for the return of each mercury-added thermostat by a contractor or service technician to an established recycling collection point;
Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§2, ¶F, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. E, §3 and affected by §5, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§2, ¶G, as amended by PL 2009, c. 277, §8, is further amended to read:
G. Beginning in 2008, submit Submit an annual report to the department by January 30th April 1st of each year. The report must be submitted on a form provided by the department and must include at a minimum:
(1) The number of mercury-added thermostats collected and recycled by that manufacturer pursuant to this section during the previous calendar year;
(2) The estimated total amount of mercury contained in the thermostat components collected by that manufacturer pursuant to this section;
(3) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the manufacturer's collection and recycling program and the financial incentive provided pursuant to paragraphs paragraph E and F;
(4) An accounting of the administrative costs incurred in the course of administering the collection and recycling program and the financial incentive plan developed pursuant to subsection 4;
(5) A description of the education and outreach strategies employed during the previous calendar year to increase participation and collection rates and examples of education and outreach materials used; and
(6) Modifications that the manufacturer is proposing to make in its collection and recycling program; and
Sec. 5. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 558, §1, is amended to read:
Amend the bill by relettering or renumbering any nonconsecutive Part letter or section number to read consecutively.
This amendment amends the laws regarding the collection and recycling of mercury-added thermostats as follows:
1. It retains the provision from the bill that adds a definition for the term "contractor";
2. It clarifies that the financial incentive provided for the return of a mercury-added thermostat is to be provided to any person who returns a mercury-added thermostat to an established recycling collection point; and
3. It retains the provision from the bill that changes the due date on the annual manufacturer's report to the Department of Environmental Protection from January 30th to April 1st and removes the requirement that the report contain an accounting of administrative costs.
The amendment also retains the provision from the bill that directs the department to review the financial incentive plan under the laws regarding the collection and recycling of mercury-added thermostats and, by February 15, 2016, submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources addressing certain aspects of the plan and, where applicable, recommending legislation to amend the plan or other relevant laws.
The amendment removes from the bill the provisions that require contractors to submit annual reports to the department containing information on the contractor and the thermostats removed from service and disposed of during the previous calendar year and that repeal at a future date certain portions of the laws regarding the collection and recycling of mercury-added thermostats.