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No. 19/ 2009 14 May 2009, Mr. Burgess introduced the bill H.R.2420: Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act (EDEE) ; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. It is the purpose of this Act to enhance the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the people of the United States in the global marketplace by applying the regulatory and law enforcement process and penalties of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to establish uniform Federal regulation and enforcement of toxic substances in electrical products and equipment.
Limitation No electro industry product shall be manufactured after July 1, 2010, that contains a concentration value greater than 0.1 percent by weight of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PolyBrominated Biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) as measured in any homogeneous material contained in the electro industry product, or a concentration value greater than 0.01 percent of cadmium as measured in any homogeneous material contained in the electro industry product.

Exemption There are lists of exemption, including:
Products or equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of 300 volts or above Products or equipment used in fixed installations Signaling protection and communication systems and products, including healthcare communications and emergency call systems Surface transportation information management and control systems Shunt capacitors and series capacitors Medical diagnostic imaging and therapy equipment and devices Communications and emergency call systems and products Lead when used or contained in steel alloys containing up to 0.35 percent lead by weight, aluminum alloys containing up to 0.4 percent lead by weight and copper alloys containing up to 4 percent lead by weight
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