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Solar ReportTowards a Just and Sustainable Solar Energy Industry (PDF)

In January 2009, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition released their report documenting and analyzing the environmental and health hazards of solar panel systems in a supposed “win-win” solution to global warming. Read the report for more information about the health and safety concerns as well as recommendations for building a just and sustainable solar energy industry. For a hard copy of our report, visit our “Toward a Just and Sustainable Solar Energy Industry” Order Page.*

Regulating Emerging Technologies in Silicon Valley and BeyondRegulating Emerging Technologies in Silicon Valley and Beyond (PDF)

On April 2nd, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) released a report exposing the potentially catastrophic impact on your health and environment of a nanotechnology industry that runs unchecked.

Brominated Flame RetardantsBrominated Flame Retardants (PDF)

In the first nationwide test for brominated flame retardants in computer dust, these neuro-toxic chemicals were found on every sample. Read about the case for safer chemicals and better computer design.

Digital DumpDigital Dump: An Investigation of Electronics Refurbishment in Africa (PDF)

This  Basel Action Network (BAN) investigation reveals that Nigeria possesses a remarkable capacity for highly skilled repair and refurbishment operations. However, BAN interviewed Nigerian refurbishing companies and discovered that most of the electronics being sent to the country are just toxic trash with no where to go. Published in 2005 by BAN. Click here to purchase the video.

Exporting HarmExporting Harm: Definitive Report and Film of the US Exportation of E-Waste (PDF)

The United States and other wealthy nations use most of the world’s electronic products and generate most of the e-waste. Yet, they have also made use of a convenient, hidden escape valve – exporting the e-waste crisis to impoverished developing countries of Asia. This 2002 report was a partnership between Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Basel Action Network (BAN), Toxics Link (India) and SCOPE (Pakistan).  Click here to purchase the video.

Toxic TrashToxic Trash: 2005 Greenpeace Report on the Exportation of E-Waste (PDF)

Greenpeace International’s report shows what standard recycling practices look like in China and other countries that are ill-equipped to handle the toxic garbage and the devastating effects on the local and global communities. The film demands that electronics companies eliminate toxics from their products and start mandatory take-back policies for electronics products.

Poison PCs and Toxic TVsPoison PCs and Toxic TVs (PDF)

A 2004 report by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Californians Against Waste and Materials for the Future that details the growing piles of e-waste in the U.S., the toxics contained in the computers and monitors and hazards of improper disposal was released. Did you know that the estimated cost to California tax payers totals almost $1 billion for handling e-wastes that consumers and businesses will throw away? Get information on the history on the e-waste problem, as well as policy and market solutions for changing the industry.

Tale of Two SystemsTale of Two Systems (PDF)

This case study compares two very different models for recycling obsolete computers and electronics hardware that have been created by the two largest computer makers in the U.S. — Hewlett Packard’s partnership with Micro Metallics of Roseville, California, and Dell Computers’ (recently renamed Dell, Inc.) partnership with UNICOR, also known as the Federal Prison Industry.

Sick of DustSick of Dust (PDF)

High levels of fire retardants contaminate American homes.In the first nationwide tests for brominated fire retardants in house dust, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found unexpectedly high levels of these neurotoxic chemicals in every home sampled.

* Disclaimer:
Although solar energy could pose environmental and health problems, The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) believes that there is sufficient time to adopt measures aimed at preventing photovoltaic panels from becoming a burden on the environment and communities. SVTC does not advocate or support the use of coal or other sources of non-renewable energy.

Visit read about coal’s impact on the environment, communities, and workers.