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Electronic Waste [electronic resource]: Harmful U.S. Exports Flow Virtually Unrestricted Because of Minimal EPA Enforcement and Narrow Regulation : Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives

statement of John B. Stephenson
Format
EBook; Book; Government Document; Online
Published
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2008]
Language
English
Variant Title
Electronic waste : harmful United States exports flow virtually unrestricted because of minimal Environmental Protection Agency enforcement and narrow regulation
Harmful U.S. exports flow virtually unrestricted because of minimal EPA enforcement and narrow regulation
Electronic waste exports
Series
Testimony
SuDoc Number
GA 1.5/2:GAO-08-1166 T
Summary
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 damage health and the environment. Items with cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) are particularly harmful because they contain lead, a known toxin. As a result, in January 2007, EPA began regulating the export of CRTs under a rule requiring companies to notify EPA before exporting CRTs. GAO's August 2008 report 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 Internet buyers of broken CRTs.
Description
17 p. : digital, PDF file.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Mode of access: World Wide Web from GAO web site. Address as of 9/17/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081166t.pdf ; current access available via PURL.
Notes
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 17, 2008).
  • "For release on delivery ... September 17, 2008."
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Series Statement
Testimony ; GAO-08-1166 T
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