H.R. 2595 (111th): To restrict certain exports of electronic waste.

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of May 21, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2595

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 21, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Thompson of California, Mrs. Bono Mack, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, and Ms. Eshoo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To restrict certain exports of electronic waste.

1.

Electronic waste export restrictions

(a)

Amendment

Subtitle C of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6921 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

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).

(b)

Definitions

(1)

In general

For purposes of this section—

(A)

the term covered electronic equipment means used personal computers, servers, monitors, televisions, other video display products, printers, copiers, facsimile machines, video cassette recorders, digital video disc players, video game systems, digital audio players, personal digital assistants, telephones, image scanners, and other used electronic products the Administrator determines to be similar; and

(B)

the term restricted electronic waste means items of covered electronic equipment, whole or in fragments, that include, contain, or consist of—

(i)

circuit boards, lamps, switches, or other parts, components, assemblies, or materials derived therefrom containing mercury or polychlorinated biphenyls;

(ii)

circuit boards, lamps, switches, or other parts, components, assemblies, or materials derived therefrom containing—

(I)

antimony in concentrations greater than 1.0 mg/L;

(II)

beryllium in concentrations greater than .007 mg/L;

(III)

cadmium, in concentrations greater than 1.0 mg/L;

(IV)

chromium in concentrations greater than 5.0 mg/L; or

(V)

lead in concentrations greater than 5.0 mg/L;

(iii)

circuit boards, lamps, switches, or other parts, components, assemblies, or materials derived therefrom containing any other toxic material identified by the Administrator under paragraph (2);

(iv)

cathode ray tubes or cathode ray tube glass in any form; or

(v)

batteries containing lead, cadmium, mercury, or flammable organic solvents.

(2)

Additional restricted materials

The Administrator shall establish procedures for identifying additional restricted materials, the presence of which in covered electronic equipment poses a substantial hazard to human health or the environment at the end of the life of the equipment.

(c)

Countries to which prohibition applies

The countries referred to in subsection (a) are all countries which are not—

(1)

members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or the European Union; or

(2)

Liechtenstein.

(d)

General exceptions

The prohibition under this section shall not apply to—

(1)

the export of used electronic equipment or parts, for use or reuse, if—

(A)

such export is to a country that the Administrator finds under subsection (e) will permit trade in such equipment or parts; and

(B)

such equipment or parts are tested prior to export and found to be functional for at least one of the primary purposes for which the equipment or parts were designed, and are being sold to a customer who will reuse such equipment or parts without further repairs;

(2)

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;

(3)

returns of used electronic equipment under warranty by consumers or other contractual warranty collectors to the original equipment manufacturer or its contractual agent for purposes of warranty repair or refurbishment; or

(4)

the export of used electronic equipment or parts for repair or refurbishment in the importing country, with the intention of subsequent reuse, if—

(A)

such export is to a country that the Administrator finds under subsection (e) will permit trade in such equipment or parts;

(B)

the export is made by an original equipment manufacturer or its contractual agent, or an entity that meets an independent standard as identified by the Administrator; and

(C)

the person who exports the equipment or parts—

(i)

prior to shipment to any receiving facility, submits an annual notification to the Administrator, which includes—

(I)

a statement that the notifier plans to export used electronic equipment or parts for refurbishment or repair with the intention of subsequent reuse;

(II)

the notifier’s name, address, and Environmental Protection Agency ID number (if applicable);

(III)

the name and phone number of a contact person;

(IV)

the type of used electronic equipment or parts that will be shipped; and

(V)

the name, address, and contact information of the receiving facility; and

(ii)

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 3 years after the date the used electronic equipment or parts were exported.

(e)

Foreign markets

Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, and annually thereafter, the Administrator shall identify for each country whether such country’s laws and policies permit trade in such equipment or parts, by requesting written confirmation from the competent authority of the importing country.

(f)

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—

(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; and

(2)

in consultation with the appropriate Federal agency or agencies, provisions for an efficient export control regime to identify exports covered by this section and provide for enforcement in coordination with other enforcement procedures administered by United States Customs and Border Protection.

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(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:

3024. Electronic waste export restrictions.

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2.

Criminal penalties

Section 3008(d) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6928(d)) is amended—

(1)

by striking or at the end of paragraph (6);

(2)

by inserting or at the end of paragraph (7); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (7) the following new paragraph:

(8)

knowingly exports restricted electronic waste in violation of section 3024;

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