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The Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente, or National Council of the Environment (CONAMA) in Brazil has adopted legislation on batteries, resolution 401/2008 that replaces 257/1999. The resolution impacts portable, industrial and automotive batteries and as well as including obligations on disposal and recycling there are substance restrictions which are different to those in other countries, including the European Union (EU). In the EU there is no restriction of lead in batteries, although there ...
A Humidity Indicator Card (HIC) that contains a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and is included in the packaging of moisture sensitive semiconductors has been the cause of some concern. The card contains cobalt dichloride, one of the first batch of 15 SVHCs announced by the European Chemicals Agency. Where SVHCs appear in articles (products) at a level above 0.1% of the weight of the total article then there is an obligation, under REACH "law", to pass certain information down the supp ...
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