Green, But Not the Good Kind

The former home of printed circuit board fabricator Circuit Images has been cordoned after police officers responding to a call were sickened. 

The building has been boarded up and designated a “premise hazard,” and local officials intimated that the EPA might get involved. 

Question: Will cities start demanding escrow from PCB fabs against future cleanup?

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow