Legislation limiting e-scrap exports has now been introduced in both federal legislative chambers, and in both cases the bills have bipartisan sponsorship. S.2448 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 9 by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. The bill’s official description indicates it is the Senate version of House of Representatives 3559 (H.R. 3559), which was introduced in that chamber in June. Both bills revive a proposal that has been floated several times over the years, known as the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA). The proposal would allow exports of tested and functional devices as well as some separated commodities destined for recycling. It would also continue to allow the export of recalled devices sent to foreign markets for repair. However, any other end-of-life device exports would become illegal.
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