The Association of Electrical Equipment and Medical Imaging Manufacturers
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Congress is ramping up its efforts to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).  As part of TSCA modernization legislation, NEMA is urging Congress to include provisions codifying the electroindustry’s commitment to eliminate or reduce six hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in certain electrical products by July 2010 on a global basis. 

With the input of NEMA product sections, legislation was drafted to codify the industry’s commitment into U.S. federal law and was introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 2420, the Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act (“EDEE Act”).

The EDEE Act amends TSCA by establishing 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 the industry’s rigid safety and performance standards.

NEMA is urging members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection to include provisions of the EDEE Act in TSCA modernization legislation.  If your lawmakers serve on these committees, please use the form below to request their support for inclusion of the EDEE Act in TSCA legislation.

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