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    Type of law / referenceIn effect?SubjectProducts covered / Requirements
    HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
    FEDERAL HR 2420 – Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act (EDEE Act)PendingRestriction of hazardous substancesRestricts heavy metal and flame retardant use in electrical equipment operating at 300 volts or more
    FEDERAL US Food and Drug AdministrationYesDEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate)Federal health notification issued - limit exposures to DEHP from plastic medical devices
    FEDERAL TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act)YesTSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act)Regulates and restricts the manufacture, import and sale of toxic substances
    FEDERAL TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act)PendingTSCA ReformAmend the Toxic Substances Control Act to provide uniform state rules governing chemicals in commerce (avoid differing state laws)

    FEDERAL TSCA Amendment S. 1160

    YesFormaldehydeEPA limits formaldehyde in composite wood products (by January 2013)
    Chp 38-1661C9YesMercuryRestricts sale of button cell batteries w/Hg
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY

    FEDERAL Public Law 110-140 – Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007(PL 110-140)

    YesLightbulbs

    Requires energy efficiency labeling of bulbs, requires 25 -30 % increase in energy efficiency of current incandescent light bulbs (100, 75, 60 and 45 watt bulbs).

    LD973

    YesLightbulbs

    Bans sale of inefficient incandescent bulbs

    E-WASTE
    FEDERAL HR 2284 Responsible Electronics Recycling Act

    Pending

    Referred to Committee

    Prohibits the export of electronic waste from the United States

    Chp 38 Sec 1610

    TVs, CRTs>4" and attached computers

    Label or notification required: Yes

    Tax or Fee Required: -

    Government Take-Back Plan: Yes

    Manufacturer Take-Back Required: Yes

    Landfill Disposal Ban: Yes

    HP 1280/LD1840Cell phones

    Label or notification required: Yes

    Tax or Fee Required: -

    Government Take-Back Plan: -

    Manufacturer Take-Back Required: Yes

    Landfill Disposal Ban: -

    Chp 38 2165Rechargeable batteries

    Label or notification required: Yes

    Tax or Fee Required: -

    Government Take-Back Plan: -

    Manufacturer Take-Back Required: Yes

    Landfill Disposal Ban: Yes

    OTHER
    FEDERAL Green House Gas (GHG) reporting ruleYesGreenHouse GasesRequires large GHG emitters to report emissions
    FEDERAL Conflict MineralsYesConflict MineralsConflict Minerals law requires companies to state whether tin, tantalum, tungsten, & gold present in products were sourced from conflict areas in Congo (SEC rule pending)
    FEDERAL National Defense Authorization (NDA) Act 2012YesGovernment purchasesDoD required to issue regs by 9/28/12 to detect/avoid counterfeit electronic parts sold to government. Expect DoD to make suppliers liable for counterfeit items sold, only allow parts purchases from OEMs, and require Homeland Security inspections of imported electronic parts.
    FEDERAL Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)YesGovernment purchases

    Requires US government suppliers to provide energy efficient and environmentally compliant products. Also suppliers are to identify hazardous materials & provide MSDSs.

     

     

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    Maine State Legislature

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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