WHY IS LEXMARK STALLING SENATE BILL SB-63 ?

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WHY IS LEXMARK STALLING SENATE BILL SB-63 ?

 user 2009-03-13 at 12:31:02 pm Views: 346
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    http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090310/OPINION01/903100353
    The Lexmark line
    It’s
    all that electronic stuff that breaks down, goes obsolete and
    eventually finds itself in the e-junk bin. Old cell phones. Old TVs.
    Old VCRs. Old DVD players, video cameras, stereo systems and
    telephones. Old computer equipment too, including monitors, processors,
    notebooks, keyboards, mice, printers, copiers and multis.Some 3 million
    tons of e-stuff accumulated for disposal in 2006, but only 11.4 percent
    was recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    Which is too bad. Recycling actually creates jobs.

    Sen. Denise
    Harper-Angel, D-Louisville, has introduced Senate Bill 63, which would
    promote a flexible Kentucky system in which manufacturers take back old
    products and recycle them. Government’s role would be minimized.Ms.
    Harper-Angel took all the right steps, basing her bill on the findings
    of an interim study, then adjusting some provisions to meet industry
    concerns, including those of General Electric regarding old TVs.

    But
    Lexmark, the Lexington computer printer maker, went directly to Senate
    leadership with its opposition and has stalled SB 63. The remaining
    hope is that Rep. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, who has a real interest in
    this issue, will find a way to attach a version of Ms. Harper-Angel’s
    bill in the House.On its Web site, Lexmark claims to be a good
    environmental steward, practicing “energy conservation, pollution
    prevention and waste minimization.” The company boasts, “We provide
    recycling programs at our sites, product recycling and cartridge
    remanufacturing and recycling. … As a good corporate citizen, we employ
    environmental and health and safety mangement systems, consitently
    adhere to regulatory compliance and participate in community
    partnerships.”But its more important partnership seems to be with those
    in the General Assembly who are content to see e-junk pile up in
    landfills