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EPA Announces Chemicals of Concern

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

EPA Announces Chemicals of ConcernThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a series of actions on four chemicals raising serious health or environmental concerns, including phthalates. For the first time, EPA intends to establish a “Chemicals of Concern” list and is beginning a process that may lead to regulations requiring significant risk reduction measures to protect human health and the environment. The agency’s actions represent its determination to use its authority under the existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the fullest extent possible, recognizing EPA’s strong belief that the 1976 law is both outdated and in need of reform.


RoHS and WEEE Compliance Testing

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

RoHS WEEE ComplianceWhat is RoHS/WEEE?

In 2003 legislation was introduced in the European Union (EU) to promote the collection, treatment, recycling, and recovery of waste from electrical and electronic equipment. This legislation is known as the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) act and is formally dictated by directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament. A complimentary directive, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), was also introduced in 2003 given by 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament. Beginning July 1, 2006, RoHS legislation restricts the amounts of lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium (VI), Polybrominated Diphenylethers (PBDEs), and Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs) in electronic and electrical equipment. These chemicals are known to present a risk to human health and the environment. Thus, restrictions are in place that limit the concentration of these constituents in electrical and electronic products and/or components.


Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers by LVI-GC/MS-SIM

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers by LVI-GC/MS-SIMColumbia Analytical Services, Inc. (CAS) now offers the analysis of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), a class of brominated flameretardants that have been used over the past 30 years in textiles, high impact plastics and electronic circuitry. Recently, they have gained increased attention as “emergent chemicals” because of their persistence in the environment, potential for bioaccumulation, and toxicity. PBDEs are similar in structure to PCB’s, dioxins and furans.