Fwd: First Solar May Use Cadmium in Panels Sold in EU, Wiwo Reports

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First Solar May Use Cadmium in Panels Sold in EU, Wiwo Reports
2010-11-20 09:50:52.716 GMT

By Rainer Buergin
Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- First Solar Inc., a solar power
module maker, may continue to use cadmium in products sold in
the European Union, Wirtschaftswoche magazine said, citing a
decision to be made by European lawmakers on Nov. 23.
A majority of lawmakers in the European Parliament will
vote to exempt solar panel makers from rules governing the use
of hazardous substances in electrical goods, the magazine said,
without saying where it got the information. EU member states
will approve the vote, the magazine said.
Panels made by U.S. company First Solar, the world's
largest maker of thin-film solar power modules, are based on
cadmium tellurite.

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