Preparing For Greater E-Waste Legislation

Law360, New York (December 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Recently, there has been increased media attention concerning the environmental consequences of electronic waste (“e-waste") that is exported from North America to countries lacking strong environmental regulations and enforcement like China, Ghana, India and Nigeria.

This past November, for example, CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a story on an illegal e-waste dump in Guiyi, China, where workers discarded electronic devices to reclaim lead, gold, copper and other valuable materials in component parts.[1]

A virtual wasteland of forgotten consumer appliances, most of which is believed to have originated...
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