US House bill proposes to Ban common elements.WASHINGTON -- A new House bill proposes to prohibit the manufacture after July 1,2010, of "electroindustry products" that contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium Hexavalent chromium or Cr(VI) compounds are those which contain the element chromium in the +6 oxidation state. Chromates are often used as pigments for photography, and in pyrotechnics, dyes, paints, inks, and plastics. , polybrominated biphenyls polybrominated biphenyls
see biphenyl. ("PBBs"), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDE, are a flame retardant sub-family of the brominated flame retardant group. They have been used in a wide array of household products, including fabrics, furniture, and electronics. ("PBDEs") above the maximum concentration levels specified in the European Union's RoHS Directive.
On May 14, Michael Burgess
Michael Burgess is the coroner of The Queen's Household. He was appointed deputy coroner in 1991 and was appointed coroner in 2002. introduced to the Energy and Commerce Committee the so-called "Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act (EDEE) Act" (H.R. 2420), which aims to codify codify to arrange and label a system of laws. standard Federal regulations in the use of certain substances in electrical products and equipment. The bill, which would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA, often pronounced "taa-ska") is a United States law, passed by the United States Congress in 1976, that regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. of 1976, attempts to eliminate disparities among state restrictions.
H.R. 2420 stipulates that no electroindustry product shall be manufactured after July 1, 2010, that contains a concentration value greater than 0.1% by weight of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB PBB: see polybrominated biphenyl. and PBDE PBDE Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether
PBDE Pentabromodiphenyl Ether (flame retardant additive in plastics)
PBDE Parallel Block-Decodable Encoder , as measured in any homogeneous material contained in the electroindustry product, or a concentration value greater than 0.01% of cadmium, as measured in any homogeneous material contained in the electroindustry product.
The bill defines "homogeneous material" as a material of uniform composition throughout that cannot be mechanically disjointed into different material.
Electroindustry refers to any product or equipment that is directly used to facilitate the transmission, distribution, or control of electricity, or that uses electrical power for arc welding, lighting, signaling protection and communication, or medical imaging, or electrical motors and generators.
A number of exceptions are listed, including high-voltage (300V or more) products or equipment; signaling protection and communication systems and products, including healthcare communications and emergency call systems; various transportation information and medical diagnostic gear, and electrical metering equipment.
Also exempted is lead in solders with high melting temperatures, including lead-based alloys containing 85% or more lead by weight, and solders for die mounting in LEDs, the electrical connection within IC flip-chip packages; planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors; and PCBs and point-to-point soldered assemblies, up to 40% lead by weight, for use in transmission, distribution, power supply, or control devices in electrical outlet or switch boxes.
For the full text of the bill, go to govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-2420.
Edited by Mike Buetow