Contact your Representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 2420, the Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act of 2009 (the “EDEE Act”), which was introduced on May 14, 2009 by Congressman Michael Burgess.
In 2006, the electroindustry through NEMA announced a voluntary, industry-wide commitment to achieve the elimination or reduction of six substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in certain electrical products by July 2010 on a global basis. This commitment reflects standards originally enacted in European markets under European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, but NEMA members chose to extend its compliance with the standard to all markets in which electroindustry products are sold.
With the input of NEMA product sections, legislation was drafted to codify the industry’s 2010 commitment into U.S. federal law. On May 14, 2009, H.R. 2420, the Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act of 2009 (the “EDEE Act”), was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Michael Burgess.
The goal of the EDEE Act is to enact uniform federal standards for the six substances as contained in electroindustry products, eliminating or limiting their use for products sold in the United States. These uniform federal thresholds will create a level playing field across the various states and treat all products—those produced domestically and imports alike—equally. The bill specifies exemptions for certain applications when needed to maintain adherence with industry’s rigid safety and performance standards.
Passage of the EDEE Act will signal the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship while ensuring a competitive, level playing field for manufacturers. Please use the form below to urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the EDEE Act (H.R. 2420).
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