MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 3, 2012)—Wisconsin will become the seventh state to mandate a statewide ban on lead wheel weights if a bill currently before the Wisconsin legislature becomes law, according to a top executive for a wheel weight manufacturing firm.
“As more states move toward non-lead legislation, it is important for businesses to research the alternatives now and be ready to make a decision,” said Gregory Parker, marketing manager for Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based Perfect Equipment Inc., regarding Wisconsin Assembly Bill 483.
Under the provisions of Assembly Bill 483, no one who sells, installs or balances tires in Wisconsin may purchase lead wheel weights once six months have elapsed after the bill's passage.
Also after six months, no one may sell or distribute lead weights in Wisconsin.
After 18 months, no one who sells, installs or balances tires may sell or use lead wheel weights, the bill states.
Assembly Bill 483 currently is being reviewed in the assembly's Transportation Committee, according to. Parker. The text is identical to that of an anti-lead-weight bill introduced in the assembly last year that did not pass, he said.