Mercury releases from mercury switches in end-of-life vehicles: pollution prevention planning notice

Note:  All facilities that became subject to this notice when it was published have met the requirements of the notice.

This notice remains in effect. Other facilities can still become subject to the notice and will be required to prepare and implement a pollution prevention plan as per the deadlines below.

This notice applies to any person who, at any time:

  • is a vehicle manufacturer of vehicles that contain one or more mercury switches, or
  • owns or operates a steel mill that processes end-of-life vehicles or steel scrap derived from end-of-life vehicles to produce steel or steel products

For more details, refer to the mercury releases from mercury switches in end-of-life vehicles notice (PDF)

If you are uncertain whether you are subject to the notice, contact us for clarification or to obtain a notification of non-engagement form.

Deadlines

If you became subject to the notice after December 29, 2007, you must:

  • prepare a pollution prevention plan within 6 months from the date you became subject to the notice and then submit a report (schedule 1) within 30 days following the end of the 6-month period
  • submit the first interim progress report within 24 months from the date you became subject to the notice
  • submit the second interim progress report within 36 months from the date you became subject to the notice
  • implement the pollution prevention plan within 48 months from the date you became subject to the notice and then submit a report (schedule 5) no later than 30 days following the end of the 48-month period

Reporting

You must complete and submit reports to the Government of Canada. Contact us to receive instructions.

Performance results

The risk management objective of reducing releases of mercury to the environment through participation by vehicle manufacturers and steel mills in a national mercury switch management program in Canada has been achieved. The annual targets and capture rates of mercury switches set by the vehicle manufacturers have been achieved for the most part. However, the ultimate goal of achieving a capture rate of 90% within the first four years of the program, as listed in the notice, has not been achieved, as reported in the declarations of implementation. For more information, see the performance report.

Related information

Past consultations

Proposed notice (PDF)

Contact us

Technical inquiries regarding the content of this notice:
Products Division
Telephone: 1-888-391-3426
Email: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca

Inquiries regarding reporting and pollution prevention practices:
Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
Telephone: 1-844-580-3637
Email: ec.planp2-p2plan.ec@canada.ca

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