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Electronic waste : EPA needs to better control harmful U.S. exports through stronger enforcement and more comprehensive regulation : report to the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives

Author: United States. Government Accountability Office.; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2008]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Increasingly, U.S. consumers are recycling their old electronics to prevent the environmental harm that can come from disposal. Concerns have grown, however, that some U.S. companies are exporting these items to developing countries, where unsafe recycling practices can cause health and environmental problems. Items with cathode-ray tubes (CRT) are particularly harmful because they can contain 4 pounds of lead, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Rules
Rules and practice
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: United States. Government Accountability Office.; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs.
OCLC Number: 252093471
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed Sept. 17, 2008).
"August 2008."
"GAO-08-1044."
Description: ii, 62 pages : digital, PDF file
Details: Mode of access: Internet from GPO Access web site. Address as of 11/18/08: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=gao & docid=f:d081044.pdf; current access available via PURL.
Other Titles: EPA needs to better control harmful U.S. exports through stronger enforcement and more comprehensive regulation
Electronic waste exports
Responsibility: United States Government Accountability Office.

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Increasingly, U.S. consumers are recycling their old electronics to prevent the environmental harm that can come from disposal. Concerns have grown, however, that some U.S. companies are exporting these items to developing countries, where unsafe recycling practices can cause health and environmental problems. Items with cathode-ray tubes (CRT) are particularly harmful because they can contain 4 pounds of lead, a known toxin. To prevent this practice, since January 2007 EPA began regulating the export of CRTs under its CRT rule, which requires companies to notify EPA before exporting CRTs. In this context, GAO examined (1) the fate of exported used electronics, (2) the effectiveness of regulatory controls over the export of these devices, and (3) options to strengthen federal regulation of exported used electronics. Among other things, GAO reviewed waste management surveys in developing countries, monitored e-commerce Web sites, and posed as foreign buyers of broken CRTs.

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