Author Archives: Chris Jellen

RoHS July 2014 Deadline: Medical Devices and Control Instruments

In 2011, the European Union issued a new directive that updates and supersedes RoHS; it has come to be known as the RoHS Recast or RoHS 2. Under the updated directive, as of July 22, 2014, RoHS restrictions will apply to … Continue reading

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EPA TSCA Revision: Casey at Bat

This week, DuPont publicly supported a bipartisan update to the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA. This comes only hours after the Chemical Safety Improvement Act was introduced by Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and David Vitter and numerous Republican and … Continue reading

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REACH Fees Shrink for SMEs

Last year, a review of Europe’s REACH regulation concluded that complying with REACH regulation obligations posed a disproportionate cost burden on Small to Mid-sized Enterprises, or SMEs, relative to the burden of larger companies. Depending on the size of the … Continue reading

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Apple Supply Chain Takes a Green Arrow

Interestingly, nearly half of Apple’s suppliers that underwent a focused environmental audit last year violated the company’s standards. Those who violated standards were cited in China’s Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) pollution database. The IPE was founded by environmentalist Ma … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Public Cadmium Poisoning Assessment Tool

As of today, January 2, 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Rule that was issued on December 3, 2012 regarding cadmium. The rule being withdrawn would have required some manufacturers … Continue reading

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Korea’s REACH Chemical Law

In February 2011, the South Korean Ministry of the Environment released a draft of “the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals.” The Ministry of Environment is the South Korean branch of government charged with environmental protection. The present … Continue reading

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PwC: Climate Change Breaks Supply Chains

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the world’s largest professional services firm. It’s not known for scare tactics or liberal crazymaking. Yet PwC’s new report on climate change says that investors in long-term assets or infrastructure, particularly in coastal or low-lying regions, need … Continue reading

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New Module for Supply Chain Risk Management

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has announced a supply chain risk mitigation software module on an electronic platform. This is in keeping with the way things are going. Supply chain risk is the big topic of Q4 it seems, and … Continue reading

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The Size of Boeing’s Supply

Good news: Boeing will continue assuring a worldwide supply of C-17 aircraft, the giant behemoth aircraft with payload potential of over 85 US tons (pictured below). All this is possible via a $2 billion follow-on contract from the U.S. Department … Continue reading

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EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge

Executives from LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sprint, and Staples and Best Buy convened at a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, IL. Lisa Feldt, deputy assistant administrator for EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, attended representing EPA. … Continue reading

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