The European commission is consulting until 10 January on whether the EU should allow up to 23 more exemptions to a ban on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. So far, 29 such exemptions have been approved, out of nearly 100 requested (EED 17/10/06). In this round all the requests are for specific uses of lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, three of the six hazardous substances banned by the 2003 RoHS directive. These include several applications for lead solders. See consultation.
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