Are ROHS and REACH Requirements going to be adopted by the United States?

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    RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive, and REACH (Registration, Authorisation and REstriction of Chemicals) have been adopted by the EU.  RoHS directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.  In the United States – California has passed SB20 – Electronic Wase REcycling Act or EWRA, which prohibits the sale of electronic devices after 1/1/07, that are prohibited from being sold under the EU RoHS directive.  Other US states and cities are debating whether to adopt similar laws.

    In regards to REACH – the National Electrical manufacturers ASsociation feels that there is no need to modify the current US chemical regulatory program since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) already possesses ample authority to regulate chemical substances and protect human health and the environment, although some parties in the U.S. are advocating for REACH regulation.

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