SEMI Submits Comments to the European Commission on Proposed Changes to EU WEEE


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SEMI Submits Comments to the European Commission on Proposed Changes to EU WEEE

In April 2008, the European Commission (EC) invited industry representatives to provide feedback on proposed changes to the EU WEEE directive. WEEE regulations typically regulate waste electronic and electrical equipment, especially high quantity consumer products with shorter lifespans, as they are the most likely to end up in local landfill sites or be exported as waste.

Concerned about the impacts of these proposed changes to semiconductor equipment manufacturers, the SEMI RoHS Working Group submitted comments focusing on the negligible benefits and potentially large costs of applying such WEEE mandates to semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Considered "Large Scale Industrial Tools" (LSIT), semiconductor manufacturing equipment are exempt under the EU RoHS directive.

A copy of the SEMI letter submitted electronically to the EC is located here.

If you would like to assist the ROHS Working Group, please contact SEMI EHS Senior Manager, Sanjay Baliga at sbaliga@semi.org.