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H.R.6252 - Responsible Electronics Recycling Act
To prohibit the export from the United States of certain electronic waste, and for other purposes.
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Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas (for himself, Mr. THOMPSON of California, and Mr. CARTER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and CommerceCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ELECTRONIC WASTE EXPORT RESTRICTIONS.
‘SEC. 3024. ELECTRONIC WASTE EXPORT RESTRICTIONS.
‘(a) In General- Beginning 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, except as provided in subsection (e) or (f), no person shall export any restricted electronic waste to a country described in subsection (c).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) The term ‘covered electronic equipment’ means used computers, central processing units, mobile computers (including notebooks, netbooks, tablets, and e-book readers), computer accessories including input devices, webcams, speakers, data storage devices, servers, and monitors, televisions, digital picture frames, and other video display devices, digital imaging devices (including printers, copiers, facsimile machines, image scanners, and multifunction machines), television peripheral devices including video cassette recorders, DVD players, video game systems, game controllers, signal converter boxes, and cable and satellite receivers, digital cameras and projectors, digital audio players, telephones and electronic communication equipment, networking devices including routers, network cards, modems, and hubs, audio equipment, other wireless communication devices including cell phones, mobile television and entertainment devices, personal digital assistants, and portable GPS navigation systems, and other used electronic products the Administrator determines to be similar in accordance with paragraph (2).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(dd) parts, components, or assemblies, or materials derived therefrom, containing antimony, barium, cadmium, chromium (other than hexavalent chromium), lead, thallium, beryllium, arsenic, or selenium; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(I) functional for the purpose for which the equipment or parts were designed, as provided for in subsection (h)(1), or, in the case of multifunction devices, fully functional for at least one of the primary purposes for which the equipment or parts were designed;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) ADDITIONAL COVERED ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND RESTRICTED MATERIALS- Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall, after notice and opportunity for public comment, and after consultation with appropriate Federal and State agencies, develop and promulgate procedures for identifying--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) additional restricted toxic materials, the presence of which in covered electronic equipment poses a potential hazard to human health or the environment at the end of the life of the equipment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) DE MINIMIS LEVELS- Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall, after notice and opportunity for public comment, and after consultation with appropriate Federal and State agencies, develop and promulgate procedures for identifying de minimis levels for restricted electronic waste specified under paragraph (1)(B)(i)(II) or (III) below which such waste shall be deemed to not pose a potential hazard to human health or the environment. Notwithstanding subsection (a) and the definition of restricted electronic waste under paragraph (1)(B), a person may export restricted electronic waste described in paragraph (1)(B)(i)(II) or (III) to a country described in subsection (c) upon demonstration that the waste does not contain more than the de minimis levels, established by the Administrator under this paragraph, of antimony, barium, cadmium, chromium (other than hexavalent chromium), lead, thallium, beryllium, arsenic, or selenium.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) OECD- For the purposes of export to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, circuit boards shall be subject to the amber list requirements defined in section 262.89 of the OECD Waste Lists.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) furnace-ready cathode ray tube glass cullet, cleaned of all phosphors, to be used as a direct feedstock in a lead-glass manufacturing furnace without further processing or preparation required other than quality control, which the competent authority in the importing country has stated in writing is not waste;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) under warranty from the original design manufacturer to the original equipment manufacturer, or otherwise returned by the original purchaser of the electronic equipment, due to defect or customer dissatisfaction, and the manufacturer accepts such returns for the purposes of repair or replacement in order to return to the customer a functional working product or part of the same type and model, except that products covered in this subparagraph shall not include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) products or parts accepted for return from individuals or businesses under general takeback, recycling, trade-in (for purposes of recycling, disposal, sales promotions, or obtaining credit for product purchases or leases) or buy-back programs, events, or policies designed to collect used or waste electronic equipment;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) the Administrator has received written consent under subsection (g) from the competent authority in the country receiving the export and any country the export passes through in transit;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) the export is made by an original equipment manufacturer or its contractual agent to the original design manufacturer’s site of last assembly, or to a company contracted to make warranty repairs, for the purposes of business credit to the original equipment manufacturer, repair or refurbishment and subsequent reuse;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) keeps copies of normal business records, such as contracts, demonstrating that each shipment of exported used electronic equipment or parts is intended for repair or refurbishment and subsequent reuse, which documentation shall be retained for a period of at least 6 years after the date the used electronic equipment or parts were exported; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) submits an annual report to the Administrator on the amount and types of waste resulting from the refurbishment process, and how it was disposed of or recycled, which shall include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) number and weight of units of products returned by the original equipment manufacturer for repair or refurbishment, listed by category and country of destination; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) the restricted electronic waste parts or residues sent onward to further reuse, disposal, or recycling following repair or refurbishment, listed by weight, a description of the wastes, and the ultimate country destination.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) NOTICE TO ADMINISTRATOR- Not later than 60 days before the initial export shipment, an exporter shall transmit to the Administrator written notice of an intended export permitted under this section. Such a notification may cover export activities extending over a maximum of 12 months for the same type of restricted electronic waste, exported to the same facility via the same transit countries. The notification shall include the following information:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) a description of the means by which each shipment of the restricted electronic waste will be transported, including the mode of transportation and type or types of container; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(E) A list of all transit countries through which the restricted electronic waste will be transported, and a description of the approximate length of time the waste will remain in each country and the nature of its handling while there.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) REQUIREMENT- No restricted electronic waste may be exported pursuant to this section unless the written consent of the competent authority of the receiving country, and of each country through which the restricted electronic waste will pass in transit, has been obtained and the Administrator has transmitted to the exporter an Acknowledgment of Consent reflecting receipt of each such country’s consent.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) COUNTRY NOTIFICATION- In conjunction with other relevant agencies, the Administrator shall provide a complete notification to the receiving country and any transit countries. A notification is complete when the Administrator receives a notification which the Administrator determines satisfies the requirements of this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) EXPORTER NOTIFICATION- When the receiving country and all transit countries have consented to the receipt or transit of the restricted electronic waste, the Administrator shall transmit an Acknowledgment of Consent to the exporter. The exporter shall attach a copy of the Acknowledgment of Consent to the manifest, or otherwise ensure that the Acknowledgment of Consent accompanies the restricted electronic waste shipment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) WITHDRAWAL OF CONSENT- Where the receiving country or a transit country objects to receipt or transit of restricted electronic waste, or withdraws a prior consent, the Administrator shall notify the exporter in writing.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) DEFINITION OF CONSIGNEE- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘consignee’ means the ultimate treatment, storage, or disposal facility in a receiving country to which restricted electronic waste will be sent.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(h) Regulations- Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall issue regulations for carrying out this section, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) testing requirements for verifying that used covered electronic equipment or parts proposed to be exported under this section are functional for the purposes for which they were designed, including requirements for proper packaging to prevent such equipment or parts from losing functionality due to damage during transit;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) establishing a registry of violators, whereby any person or entity found to be exporting restricted electronic waste in violation of this section shall be listed on a public registry on a Web site maintained by the Administrator for a period of 5 years.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Table of Contents Amendment- The table of contents for the Solid Waste Disposal Act is amended by adding after the item relating to section 3023 the following new item:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink