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THE BATTERIES AND ACCUMULATORS (CONTAINING DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS (NORTHERN IRELAND) 2002

Northern Ireland Statutory Rules

Version as made

2002 No. 300


  • Version as made

Introductory Text

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2002 No. 300

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The Batteries and Accumulators (Containing Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

Made

27th September 2002

Coming into operation

8th November 2002

The Department of the Environment, being a department designated(1) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to measures relating to batteries and accumulators containing dangerous substances, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by that section and of every other power enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Batteries and Accumulators (Containing Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 and shall come into operation on 8th November 2002.

Interpretation

2.  The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(3 ) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Amendment of the Batteries and Accumulators (Containing Dangerous Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

3.  (1)   The Batteries and Accumulators (Containing Dangerous Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(4 ) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (5).

(2)  In regulation 2 (interpretation) –
(a) in paragraph (2) the words from “containing” to the end shall be omitted;
(b) in paragraph (3) –
(i) for the definition of “the Directive” there shall be substituted – ““the Directive” means Council Directive 91/157/ EEC on batteries and accumulators containing certain dangerous substances(5 ) as amended by Commission Directive 98/101/ EC (6 ) ;”;
(ii) for the definition of “prohibited battery” there shall be substituted – ““prohibited battery” and “prohibited accumulator” have the meanings given by regulation 3(2) ;”.
(3)  After regulation 2 there shall be inserted – “Application 2A.   These Regulations apply on and after 8th November 2002 to –
(a) batteries and accumulators put on the market as from 1st January 1999 containing more than 0.0005% of mercury by weight;
(b) batteries and accumulators put on the market as from 18th September 1992 and containing: –
(i) more than 25mg of mercury per cell, except alkaline manganese batteries;
(ii) more than 0.025% of cadmium by weight;
(iii) more than 0.4% of lead by weight;
(c) alkaline manganese batteries containing more than 0.025% of mercury by weight placed on the market as from 18th September 1992.”.
(4)  For regulation 3 there shall be substituted – “Prohibition on marketing of certain types of batteries and accumulators
3.   (1)    No person shall market a prohibited battery or prohibited accumulator.
(2)   In these Regulations, “prohibited battery” and “prohibited accumulator” refer respectively to batteries and accumulators (whether incorporated into appliances or otherwise) containing more than 0.0005% of mercury by weight, other than button cells and batteries composed of button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2% by weight.”.
(5)  For regulation 7(1) (offences) there shall be substituted –
“(1)   Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) , any person who without reasonable excuse contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of regulation 3 above, or any notice served pursuant to regulation 6 above within the period specified in that notice, shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.”. Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on 27th September 2002. L.S.Dermot NesbittMinister of the Environment
Explanatory Note (This note is not part of the Regulations.) These Regulations come into operation on 8th November 2002 and implement Commission Directive 98/101/EC (O.J. No. L1, 5.1.99, p. 1; “the amending Directive”) , which amends Council Directive 91/157/EEC on batteries and accumulators containing certain dangerous substances (O.J. No. L78, 26.3.91, p. 38; “the Batteries Directive”). The Batteries Directive was implemented by the Batteries and Accumulators (Containing Dangerous Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (S.R. 1995 No. 122 ) (“the principal Regulations”) , which these Regulations amend. The principal changes are –

(a) the principal Regulations apply as from the date of coming into operation of these amending Regulations to –
(i) Batteries and accumulators put on the market as from 1st January 1999 containing more than 0.0005% of mercury by weight;
(ii) Batteries and accumulators put on the market as from 18th September 1992 and containing: more than 25mg of mercury per cell, except alkaline manganese batteries, more than 0.025% of cadmium by weight, more than 0.4% of lead by weight;
(iii) Alkaline manganese batteries containing more than 0.025% of mercury by weight placed on the market as from 18th September 1992; (regulation 3(3) of these Regulations, regulation 2A of the principal Regulations, implementing Article 1.2 of and the Annex to the amending Directive) ;
(b) a prohibited battery or accumulator means batteries and accumulators (whether incorporated into appliances or otherwise) containing more than 0.0005% of mercury by weight, other than button cells and batteries composed of button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2% by weight (regulation 3(4) of these Regulations, regulation 3(2) of the principal Regulations, implementing Article 1.1 of the amending Directive) ; and
(c) the maximum penalty for any offence under the principal Regulations is increased to level 5 on the standard scale (regulation 3(5) of these Regulations, regulation 7(1) of the principal Regulations). At the time of making these Regulations, level 5 stands at £5,000. Copies of the Directive may be obtained from The Stationery Office Bookshop, 16 Arthur Street, Belfast BT1 4GD. (1) S.I. 1993/595 (2) 1972 c. 68 (3) 1954 c. 33 (N.I.) (4) S.R. 1995 No. 122 (5) O.J. No. L78, 26.3.91, p. 38. The application of the Directive was extended to the EEA by Article 23 of, and paragraph 11 of section XI (Dangerous Substances) of Annex II to, the EEA Agreement. (6) O.J. No. L1, 5.1.99, p. 1