NEW YORK The lead
recycling industrys rejection of proposed voluntary
standards could lead to stricter government regulations,
SLAB Watchdog has warned, while Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI)
said that creating new standards would have placed additional
burdens on companies already obeying the rules.
Secondary lead industry
stakeholders, in a 63-to-16 vote at a meeting in Washington,
voted down a proposal by the American Society for Testing and
Materials (ASTM) to develop new standards for lead recycling
amm.com, Dec. 11).
Diane Cullo, director of
Alexandria, Va.-based non-governmental organization SLAB
Watchdog, told AMM that the meeting was overwhelmingly
attended by employees from lead battery recyclers taking
advantage of the "one-person, one-vote" rule.
"The battery industry stacked
the deck in that meeting," she said. "Had this vote been
approved to move forward, the ASTM rules change and it becomes
one company, one vote. "
Cullo described the vote as
short-sighted, claiming it was unlikely that standards would
have been developed that the industry couldnt meet.
"Without voluntary standards,
the federal government needs to regulate, which is a much more
stringent process than the ASTM proposal," she said.
However, "the effort to create a
new recycling standard would fail to impact illicit players and
their practices, but would put significant additional costs and
burdens on companies already working within the existing
standards and rules," a spokeswoman for Milwaukee-based JCI
said in an e-mail Wednesday.