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December 2006

High-level China officials discuss new Chinese environmental rules

Washington— Eleven senior officials from the Chinese Ministry of Information Industries (MII) addressed over 250 high-tech attendees in Silicon Valley on the new China Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations, which go into effect March 1, 2007.

The Silicon Valley program was the culmination of a 10-day visit by these senior officials under the sponsorship of AeA, Agilent Technologies, AMD, Apple, Cisco Systems, Dell, GE, HP, Honeywell, Intel, Motorola, Sun, and Teradyne.

For over two years, the AeA China RoHS Steering Committee, led by Liz Moyer of Texas Instruments and David Towne of Sun Microsystems, has been working with MII to provide technical expertise and advice on the concerns United States companies had as the regulations were developed. The new regulations will restrict the use of certain hazardous substances, such as lead, in the production of products manufactured and sold in or imported into China.

"The China RoHS will have a major impact on our industry," noted Liz Moyer, Environmental, Safety and Health Public Affairs Manager, Texas Instruments. "While our products are a very small percentage of the overall waste stream, we in the electronics industry work hard to assure our environmental impact is as small as possible. Because the China RoHS is different in some ways from the EU version, it is important for everyone in industry to understand their responsibilities under this regulation. The MII officials speaking at the AeA conference were the best source for understanding these requirements."

Additional information about the China RoHS program can be found by visiting www.aeanet.org.


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