Oct 13 - Breaking News: Governor Vetoes AB 48 (Saldaña) Toxic E-Waste Phase Out

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today vetoed legislation that would have phased out the use of certain hazardous materials in most consumer electronics.

AB 48 by Assemblymember Lori Saldaña would have prohibited the sale in California of electronic devices that contain certain hazardous materials, including lead and mercury, consistent with the European Union's RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directive by 2010.

Read the Governor's Veto Message.

AB 48 was sponsored by Californians Against Waste and supported by local government, waste haulers and recyclers, environmental groups, and even manufacturers.

While CAW has worked on this issue for the past two legislative sessions with no signature by the Governor, our campaign is far from over.

We thank everyone who sent in support letters-organizational and individual-especially over the past few weeks to the Governor. We appreciate your support and CAW plans to continue to work on toxic and electronic waste legislation in the next legislation session.

This has been a long and active legislative session for CAW. Our work is dependent on contributions from people like you who support conserving resources and preventing pollution through nation leading waste reduction and recycling policy. Please consider making a tax deductible online contribution today to support our work.