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Dell To Reduce Lead in its Computers
Dell Inc. has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce lead in the environment. The Austin-based computer maker has pledged to eliminate more than 19 million pounds of lead from its manufacturing processes as part of EPA's National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP).
Dell will achieve the pledged lead reductions by eliminating the cathode ray tube computer monitors it previously manufactured and replacing them with flat screen panels. The switch will cut a total of 19,750,000 pounds of lead and lead compounds and will make Dell the largest reducer of hazardous chemicals in the nation to join the NPEP program.
NPEP is a voluntary program in which private and public organizations work with EPA to reduce the use of 31 priority chemicals beyond regulatory requirements. These chemicals are long-lasting substances that can build up in the food chain and harm humans and the ecosystem.
More information on the NPEP program is available at www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize/partnership.htm .