Proposed Federal Legislation Could Restrict Materials Commonly Used in Many Electronics and Electrical Power Products

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New legislation being considered in the United States Congress could dramatically affect how many electronics and electrical power products are manufactured in the future. The “Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment (EDEE) Act”(H.R. 2420), introduced by Michael Burgess (R-TX) on May 14, 2009, would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. Sec. 2605) to restrict the use of certain substances, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and PBB and PBDE in “electroindustry” products.

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