TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2015) — The New Jersey legislature is considering a new law that would make it the eighth state in the U.S. to ban lead and mercury wheel balance weights.
New Jersey Assembly Bill No. 4201 was introduced Feb. 23 by Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli, R-16th District, and referred to the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
A4201 would make it illegal to sell or install any wheel weights containing lead or mercury in New Jersey, or on any new motor vehicle installed with lead or mercury wheel weights. It would establish a fine of up to $2,500 for each violation of the law.
The bill's text cites evidence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that lead and mercury are highly toxic. It also quotes a study that said as much as 12 tons of lead and mercury wheel weights fall onto New Jersey roads annually.