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The Federal Govt has banned incandescent lamps – FALSE!

The Federal Govt has banned incandescent lamps – FALSE!

Like a weed that keeps reappearing in your garden, the myth that the Federal Government has BANNED the incandescent light bulb continues to crop up and cause angst among consumers.  And what’s worse, pundits and elected officials who should know better are doing their best to help it spread.  It is particularly distressing to hear free-market conservatives spin this issue as another example of government intrusion into our lives and homes. As NEMA, its member companies, Read more [...]
NEMA Addresses SSL Dimming Challenges

NEMA Addresses SSL Dimming Challenges

The NEMA Lighting Controls and Solid State Lighting Sections have co-produced a white paper on the subject of dimming screw-base integrated ballast LED lamps. It is designated LSD-49 and is titled "Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement—Best Practices for Dimming". NEMA and the SSL industry hope that by issuing guidance as early as possible on this subject, SSL technology can avoid the pitfalls associated with less than compatible self-ballasted CFL and Dimmer combinations. Read more [...]
REACH-ing” for higher and higher costs

REACH-ing” for higher and higher costs

A study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health recently concluded that the REACH regulation in the European Union will require $13.6 billion to implement over the next 10 years—six times more than previously anticipated [T Hartung and Constanza Rovida, Nature, 2009, 460, 27; available for a fee online]. The principal reason is that the number of chemicals pre-registered for REACH by industry vastly exceeded expectations, pointing to a huge volume of testing. The JHU Read more [...]
Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

With every new presidential administration comes a different set of priorities and issues, and Congress' legislative agenda reflects this fact.  However, while much of the media focus has been on the big ticket items--health care reform, climate change, regulation of the financial industry, and the economy, there are several other items that are simmering on the backburner.  At some point, the heat will get turned up and these issues will really start bubbling. Here is a sampling of Read more [...]
REACH – Two Years In

REACH – Two Years In

Earlier this week I attended a day-long seminar at a DC law firm that provided a status report on implementation of REACH, the ground-breaking regulatory program for chemicals under construction in the European Union.  In a landmark “paradigm shift,” the entry-into-force of REACH in 2007 made suppliers, not government, responsible for assuring their products are safe before they are allowed to enter (or remain on) the market.  There were many take-aways from the Read more [...]
NEMA Call to Action Legislation is Introduced

NEMA Call to Action Legislation is Introduced

Last week saw many months of effort by NEMA staff and member company reps rewarded by introduction in the US House of Representatives of HR 2420, The Environmental Design for Electrical Equipment Act ("EDEE Act").  This proposed legislation would codify into US law Phase I of the NEMA Call to Action, the industry's voluntary commitment to conform to substance thresholds set in the European RoHS Directive wherever NEMA products in the scope of that directive are sold.  The Read more [...]
HPB Congressional Caucus Issues Recommendations on Federal Buildings Acquisitions

HPB Congressional Caucus Issues Recommendations on Federal Buildings Acquisitions

Several days ago the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus issued a series of recommendations regarding Producing High-Performance Federal Buildings.  The first one on the list asks Congress to require that for all Acquisitions of Federal Buildings True Life-Cycle Analysis and Decision - Making be performed.  The second would require total building commissioning for all the federal Building Stock. When translated into legal language this would change the way business is conducted Read more [...]
FOX – Misleading viewers on batteries

FOX – Misleading viewers on batteries

The FOX media network’s “Green It-Mean It” video campaign took a turn for the bizarre recently with a segment on single-use batteries.   Entitled “Batteries,” the video asserts that most batteries sold each year are disposed in landfills where they “leak toxic chemicals into our land and air.”  Behind a menacing figure of a skull and crossbones (not much subtlety there), the voiceover concludes with a suggestion that viewers “check to see if your favorite brands make rechargeable Read more [...]
SEMI Gets It!

SEMI Gets It!

Recently, the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) released an article announcing the publication of a white paper prepared by its SEMI PV Group.  This group supports SEMI members "serving the crystalline and thin film photovoltaic (PV) supply chains."  In describing the "Perfect Industry," the paper rightly looks to standards (along with materials and process innovation and productivity improvements) as a means for accelerated cost reductions, identifies Read more [...]
"Let he who is without SIN . . . . . ."

"Let he who is without SIN . . . . . ."

Last week, Environmental NGOs in the European Union released their long-promised "SIN List" of chemical substances that the activist community in the EU believes should be designated as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) under the REACH regulation.  SIN, which stands for "Substitute it Now," is an unfortunate acronym for this list, which contains 300 chemical substances alleged to present a risk human health and/or the environment.  While it doesn't Read more [...]