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Parts containing mercury were used for items like anti-lock brakes sensors and hood light switches until 2004. The following year, an umbrella organization called End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) began retrieving the mercury switches from junked cars, its activities paid for by contributions from automakers.
According to The Detroit News, General Motors gave to ELVS until 2009, when it declared bankruptcy. Its obligations were then transferred to Motors Liquidation Company, which didn't contribute to ELVS, so ELVS didn't have the funds to retrieve and dispose of the toxin. And even though it was claimed that 54 percent of Cash-for-Clunkers cars were GM models, post-bankruptcy GM said it had no obligation to contribute – and according to bankruptcy law, it was right.

But that didn't stop efforts from states trying to keep junked cars from seeping mercury into their air and land. Twelve states brokered a deal with 'Old GM' to have it contribute $2.845 million to a trust to provide for mercury parts removal, which is "in addition to an earlier commitment by the 'New GM' to make a similar payment."


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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      "And even though it was claimed that 54 percent of Cash-for-Clunkers cars were GM models, post-bankruptcy GM said it had no obligation to contribute – and according to bankruptcy law, it was right." I HATE that BS. They should f-ing be responsible and do the right thing, we are talking about 2 million dollars which is a drop in the bucket for GM. Old GM and new GM are the same damn thing, they still build vehicles. Done.
        rlog100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        So you opposed the bankruptcy?
          rlog100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rlog100
          @asshat, the problem is that the item that NightFlight and the author are saying GM is renegging on would end up the same way under any bankruptcy scenario. The only way it would have been avoided is with an even cushier bailout. So if you opposed the bailout you support this action. Can't have it both ways.
      BENJAMIN HUTZLER
      • 3 Years Ago
      While you are coughing up that money GM can I have my portion back too please?? I lost a lot when you filed for bankruptcy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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