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Strict Illinois Lead Labeling Law Now in Effect

As of January 1, 2010, Illinois law requires lead warning labels for children’s jewelry, child care articles, and toys containing paint that contain more than 40 parts per million (ppm) lead content. With a labeling threshold of 40 ppm, significantly lower than the federal lead...

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E-waste: Hawaii’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2008

Hawaii adopted its Electronic Waste Recycling Act in 2008. Act requirements apply to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, including households, government entities, businesses and nonprofit corporations. Under the law, manufacturers of covered electronic devices (CEDs) must register with the Department of Health (DOH) and pay an...

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Manufacturers must recycle mercury-containing light bulbs in Maine

In late June, Maine became the first state to require manufacturers to establish recycling programs for compact fluorescent light bulbs containing mercury. The new law, titled “An Act To Provide for the Safe Collection and Recycling of Mercury-containing Lighting,” will go into effect on September...

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E-Waste: Overview of State Electronic Waste Regulation

With electronic waste streams mounting each year, states across the nation are attempting to tackle the problem through a wide range of new regulatory schemes. We are keeping close tabs on the dynamic patchwork of state regulation of e-waste for many of our clients. In...

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Connecticut bans BPA in all reusable food and beverage containers

Connecticut adopted a ban on bisphenol-A (BPA) this month as Public Act 09-103. Beginning on October 1, 2011, no one may manufacture, sell, offer for sale, or distribute any reusable food or beverage container that contains BPA within the state of Connecticut. The ban will...

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Tie vote at CPSC means ballpoint pens remain subject to lead limit

Another deadlock. In a tie vote (1-1) on June 5, 2009, CPSC failed to act on a request from Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) to exclude the tips of ballpoint and roller ball pens from CPSIA lead limits. Commissioner Moore voted to deny the request...

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Chicago bans BPA in baby bottles

This week Chicago became the first city in the nation to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups. BPA is a chemical commonly used in plastic water bottles and food containers to make the container clear and shatter-resistant. Following the lead of one...

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CPSC undecided on request to stay tracking label requirement

Last week CPSC commissioners voted on whether to grant a request for an emergency stay of enforcement for the CPSIA tracking label requirement which goes into effect on August 14, 2009. Commissioner Nord voted for the stay and Commissioner Moore voted against it, leading to...