In Compliance: EPA seeks comments on electronic stewardship

In a March 1, Federal Register Notice, EPA, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced they are requesting stakeholder input to form a national framework for electronics stewardship that is being developed by the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship.

Businesses that manufacture, distribute, sell, label, certify, verify, refurbish, recycle, purchase, or use consumer, commercial, or industrial electronics or conduct research in any of these areas may be particularly interested in submitting comments since their businesses will likely be affected by the outcome of the national framework. Details for how comments will be received are available in the Federal Register Notice. The comment period deadline is March 11, 2011.

On Nov. 15, 2010, President Obama signed a presidential proclamation celebrating the strides the country has made in recycling, while also highlighting the need for greater attention on electronic waste management throughout the life cycle of a product. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) chair Nancy Sutley established an interagency task force Nov. 8, 2010, to provide a national strategy and recommendations for areas of federal agency operational and managerial improvement associated with electronics stewardship. The task force is scheduled to deliver a national framework for electronics stewardship to CEQ by May 6, 2011.