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EU WEEE Directive Adoption

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EU WEEE Directive Adoption | 20 July, 2000

The EU recently announced that the WEEE directive proposal for lead-free assembly in Europe has been adopted, but the implementation date has been moved from 2004 to 2008. What do you feel was the driving force behind this change, and do you feel that the directive may �lose steam� as time goes by and possibly saner heads prevail?

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Bob Willis

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Re: EU WEEE Directive Adoption | 20 July, 2000

I don�t think you are correct in the case that the legislation has been adopted only the proposed legislation has had the date changed.

The main driving force seems to be commercial, making sure that if one company dumps and provides a lead free product to a mass market the others will not be far behind. As a process engineer I just like to have the solution. I like many people question the data that is making us change. You should listen to one of the latest interviews I did with a good friend of mine Joe Fjelstad on the topic of lead free !!!

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Re: EU WEEE Directive Adoption | 20 July, 2000

Bob, That is correct, the EU has 'adopted a proposal for a directive' (brilliant government language) which has a new implementation date of 2008. I would love to hear more about your conversation with Joe, it seems there are too few folks that want to question authority. They're more concerned about being first to market, bad science and legislation or not.

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Bob Willis

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Re: EU WEEE Directive Adoption | 20 July, 2000

Joe will be on the next issue of the Lead free cook book I produce with the NPL in the UK it currently has all the main names in the industry on lead free but is European based.

I am trying to add some other people from around the world IPC will be doing some thing in January I hope.

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