The European Commission's environment department is consulting on four new exemptions for the use of toxic substances in electric and electronic equipment. These exemptions are listed in an annex to the RoHS directive.
GE Healthcare has requested permission to use leaded solder in a new X-ray detector that uses a reduced dose of radiation. It says that a compatible lead-free solder will not be available until about 2019.
Power tool maker Stihl has also asked for an exemption for leaded solders in hand-held machinery. Lead-free solders may not be durable enough to withstand operating in both very cold and very hot conditions, it argues.
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