NEMA environmental design initiative introduced in Congress

If passed, the Environmental Design for Electrical Equipment Act of 2009 would establish uniform federal standards around use of hazardous substances in electrical products, similar to the EU RoHS directive.

05/20/2009


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Federal legislation codifying the commitment of NEMA members to eliminate or limit the amount of hazardous substances in certain electrical products has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Environmental Design for Electrical Equipment Act of 2009 (“EDEE Act”) is sponsored by Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-TX), who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The EDEE Act, H.R. 2420 , establishes uniform federal standards on the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and two flame retardants in certain electroindustry products, similar to those in place under the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) Directive. The bill specifies exemptions for certain applications when needed to maintain adherence with industry’s rigid safety and performance standards.
For more information on NEMA’s Environmental Call-to-Action initiative, visit www.nema.org/gov/env_conscious_design .

– Edited by David Greenfield , editorial director

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