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California’s PSP enviro-envy

March 21st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Cali Taxman Takes on PSP? : Kotaku

Basic gist: California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act says that all devices which have a 4-inch or larger LCD screen get charged an extra fee to cover the down-the-road disposal of said device (LCD screens excrete lead, toxins, and inflict -2 Poison on your character when struck with a direct attack).

The PSP has a 4.3 inch screen.

It seems that the various game retailing stores AND the Cali government have yet to realize this problem. Regardless, the law still applies and for every single PSP sold retailers face a fine ($2500 – $5000) and Sony gets hit with a $25,000 fine for failing to comply. Though I’d imagine this is pocket change for the fine Sony folks who bring such hits to our PS2’s as

Kotaku (who broke the story) is following up with Arnold’s minions to figure out what’s going on, and this tidbit from the first update made me snort coffee:

The guy told me that all LCDs greater than 4-inches are covered [by the law], but that the PSP wasn’t. When I asked why, since it has a 4.3-inch screen, it isn’t covered, he said because it was not specifically listed in the law. The law, I’ll point out, was written up well before there was such a thing as a PSP. I pointed this out to him and he forwarded me to his agency’s spokesman, who promptly told me that the PSP is, in fact, covered by the law.

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