ORS 459.432¹

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds and declares that:

(a) Batteries have come to play an important role in the advancement of social, medical and economic concerns.

(b) It is important to advance environmental interests without unnecessary interference with, or complications of, local, interstate and international commerce to the detriment of our state’s economy.

(c) It is important to provide clear, safe and practical guidelines to our state’s citizens, businesses and governmental bodies.

(d) There are inherent differences in batteries and products using batteries with respect to their composition, distribution and application.

(2) In the interest of the public health, safety and welfare and in order to conserve energy and natural resources, it is the policy of the State of Oregon to:

(a) Require that the mercury content in alkaline manganese batteries be reduced to a level that minimizes risk to public health and environment, and prohibit the sale in Oregon of batteries having a mercury content above that level.

(b) Maximize consumer acceptance and convenience in accomplishing important objectives of environmental protection.

(c) Minimize unnecessary administrative expense to the state and avoid undue burdens on the state’s consumers, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. [1991 c.653 §1]

Chapter 459

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of depart­ment to regulate mining activities or recovery of oil and geothermal resources, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100; authority of Environ­mental Quality Commission and Depart­ment of Environ­mental Quality to regulate disposi­tion of food processing byproducts determined to be solid waste, (1979) Vol 39, p 770

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 459 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 459—Solid Waste Management, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors459.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 459, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­459ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information