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Design for the Environment (DfE) Lead-free Solder Partnership

Organization Environmental Protection Agency
Organization Type Government
URL http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/projects/solder/index.htm
Geographic Scope Nationwide
Issue Electronics, Green Product Design, Hazardous Waste & Materials, Pollution Prevention, Soil Protection
Sector Consumer Goods, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
Type Of Assistance Research/Case Studies, Technical Assistance
Description To address the information gap on the environmental impacts of leaded and lead-free solders, EPA's DfE Program entered into a voluntary partnership with representatives of the electronics industry and other interested parties to evaluate the environmental impacts of tin-lead and lead-free solders. The partnership used a life-cycle assessment approach to examine the impacts of tin-lead, tin-copper, tin-silver-copper, and tin-silver-copper-bismuth solders.

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