Overhaul plans for EU's RoHS law please no one

Industry wants electronics restrictions directive merged into Reach; green campaigners want more substance bans

Industry and environmentalists have reacted with equal disdain to European commission plans to revise EU law restricting hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).  A sister law on equipment recycling has had a similar reception from both constituencies (EED 04/12/08).

The new RoHS plans are "even more ill-conceived than was the original directive," engineering industries body Orgalime said on Thursday.  Secretary-general Adrian Harris told ENDS the existing restrictions should have been incorporated into the Reach chemical policy and the RoHS directive "left to wither away and be laid to rest peacefully".

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