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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Discusses Counterfeit Microchip Production at Colt Recycling

Oct 10, 2019
Press Release

Hudson, NH – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) toured Colt Refining and Recycling’s electronics facility and met with leadership to hear more about the facility’s work. They also discussed Colt’s concerns about counterfeit microchip production in China due to unregulated export of electronic waste. Counterfeit chips are pervasive in our defense supply chains and threaten the reliability of critical military technology. Colt processes over 30 million pounds of electronic material every year for a wide array of industries, including Manufacturing, Telecom, Health Care, and Financial Services.

“I appreciated the opportunity to hear from Colt about their concerns over counterfeit microchips, a concern that I share,” said Rep. Kuster. “We must work to ensure that sensitive e-waste is properly recycled in the United States so that we can help prevent counterfeit electronics from coming into our country and safeguard our homeland security. I look forward to sharing the insights I heard today with my colleagues in Washington.”

“As a cosponsor of the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), Rep. Kuster has made an important commitment to combating electronics counterfeiters who undermine our national security using e-waste exported from the U.S.,” said Harvey Gottlieb, President and CEO of Colt Refining & Recycling. “We thank her for taking the time to visit our facility and learn more about our company, the e-waste recycling industry and the importance of securing passage of SEERA.”

Kuster is a cosponsor of H.R. 3559, the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), which would combat counterfeit microchip production in China by ensuring that electronic waste is disposed of securely in domestic facilities like Colt. The legislation would also enable American e-waste recyclers to create jobs.