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Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Consultation, GBI Seeks Applicants, R2 Addresses Concerns

The RoHS 2014 Consultation No. 2, including a substance assessment of diisobutylphthalat (DIBP) and review of quantitative information for substances on a shortlist, is now closed, and contributions are posted on the consultation website. The 2013 consultation No. 2, concerning Exemption Request 2013-6, is due to close on April 11.

A new FAQ document prepared with help from legal counsel demonstrates that R2:2013 is fully consistent with the Basel Convention and international law on the hazardous waste trade, R2 Solutions says. Executive director John Lingelbach said he hopes the document “puts to rest” questions about the standard – which the Electronics TakeBack Coalition has said is not stringent enough.

The Green Building Initiative is seeking applicants to serve as members of its consensus body, which is being formed to formally update its new construction assessment protocol – ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The standard must be updated every five years, according to ANSI procedures. GBI is seeking experts in any aspect of green building, for the main consensus body and on technical subcommittees addressing project management, site development, energy, water, emissions and effluents, indoor environment, building materials and waste management.

Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill in Bunker, Mo., has attained the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, the first such certification for the company’s mines and mills, the Daily Journal reports. Sweetwater produces lead, zinc and copper concentrates. As part of the certification process, the mine and mill established targets including a 5 percent reduction in hazardous waste and 5 percent increase in material recycling by the end of 2014. Doe Run’s Fletcher Mine and Mill will begin the ISO 14001 certification process this fall.

The ISO committee for the development of marine fuel specification guidelines is evaluating the inclusion of fatty acid methyl ester (biodiesel) blends as a new series of distillate fuel grades, and is aiming to publish the next edition of ISO 8217 by 2016, Platts reports. The committee will also review the “current de minimis level” of biodiesel in all grades for both distillates and residuals.

FSC-certified forests provide more benefits to communities than do non-certified forests, according to a study of Congo Basin logging concessions in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo, by the Center for International Forestry Research. WWF supported the study.

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