John Burke continues to charge furiously at windmills. You have to give the man a mighty nod as he takes on the political correctness wing of state environmentalism. At his site, Pushback, he has harangued about what he considers the bad science behind RoHS. In a recent article he bylined for Circuits Assembly, Burke notes that 284 letters have been sent to the European Union – at his prompting – in support of exemption request 15, a formal move Burke file under round 6 of stakeholder public consultation.
In his exemption request, Burke asked that all lead in solder for the purposes of electrical interconnectionbe exempted from RoHS because “the replacements pose a much greater environmental burden” than the small amount of lead in the solder. Asked whether he believed that RoHS will change in response to his efforts, Burke notes, “Not right away. I’ve set 2008 as my personal target.”He does believe the continuing exemption requests in response to RoHS will change the way EU legislation is rolled out. “Absolutely it will!” says Burke.