Thursday, June 23, 2011

E-waste bill in House would crack down on exports

Gene Green
Rep. Gene Green, D-TX
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June 23 – A bill that would restrict the export of certain electronic waste was reintroduced in the House of Representatives June 22 by Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California.

The bill, called the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, would establish a new category of restricted electronic waste that could not be exported to developing nations. Used equipment could still be exported for reuse as long as it has been tested and is fully functional. Non-hazardous parts or materials would not be restricted under the bill.

Similar measures were introduced in 2009 and 2010; both were referred to the committee on energy and commerce. Neither bill advanced past the committee.

To read the text of the new bill, H.R. 2284, click here.
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Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA
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