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ISA (Mercury) Exemption

Posted By: SVP Neon Equipment
Date: Wednesday, 7 November 2012, at 2:38 p.m.

From the November issue of Sign Builder Illustrated:

After several years of advocacy on the issue, the International Sign Association (ISA), working with the Mid South Sign Association (MSSA), has received an exemption from Louisiana’s phase-out for mercury-added neon sign. Before the decision, sign companies operating in Louisiana were limited to 10 mg of mercury per neon tube, a level below the minimum necessary to operate properly.

To be covered by the exemption, sign companies must join ISA Manufacturer’s Designated Industrial Trade Group. Trade group members also must report their annual mercury usage and abide by product labeling requirements.

“While we are dedicated as an industry to appropriate use and disposal of substances such as mercury, we are also committed to delivering the most appropriate sign methods for the business that we serve,” said ISA President and CEO Lori Anderson. “Building bridges to government entities is important to ensure that we continue to have the ability to create neon signs, which have been valuable to our industry for generations.”

The form to join the ISA Trade Group can be accessed at

[Personally, I don’t know of anyone in LA who abided by this in the first place. I seriously doubt there will be very many sign/neon shops beating a path to the door to join this trade group. They will just keep doing what they have been doing. Just my two cents. Mark]

SVP Neon Equipment

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