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NWRA Seeks Correspondence Between CPSC and Big Tech Regarding the Danger of Mobile Phones

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Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) seeking all correspondence between CPSC and Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and any other mobile phone manufacturers or operating system providers regarding their products as well as any ancillary documents and records pertaining to the dangers that mobile phones present to waste and recycling workers.

In addition, NWRA is seeking all correspondence between CPSC and other federal agencies on the topic of the hazards that mobile phones create on our nation’s roads. The FOIA covers the period starting June 29, 2007, when the first iPhone went on sale, through today. This request follows NWRA’s meeting last week with CPSC.

“We believe mobile phones are an inherently addictive consumer product resulting in injuries and fatalities that are killing our people,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We are seeking all communications between CPSC and Big Tech as we prepare to petition CPSC to review mobile phones and undertake appropriate rulemakings in order to make the roads safer. We are also asking CPSC to produce any interagency correspondence between them and other federal entities on the subject.”


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and various other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

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