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Gerald Barker, vice president of Environmental Initiatives for Coherent inc., poses for a portrait at the comany's office in Santa Clara, Calif. Friday, April 14, 2006. Across the U.S., companies like Coherent Inc. are scouring their supply chain for evidence of six hazardous substances, including lead and mercury, that will be banned for sale in Europe after July 1. "The real challenge is to remove the lead solder, and it's everywhere on a circuit board," Barker said. Similar legislation is in the works in China, Korea, Japan and California. Dave Getzschman For the Times

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Gerald Barker, vice president of Environmental Initiatives for Coherent inc., poses for a portrait at the comany's office in Santa Clara, Calif. Friday, April 14, 2006. Across the U.S., companies like Coherent Inc. are scouring their supply chain for evidence of six hazardous substances, including lead and mercury, that will be banned for sale in Europe after July 1. "The real challenge is to remove the lead solder, and it's everywhere on a circuit board," Barker said. Similar legislation is in the works in China, Korea, Japan and California. Dave Getzschman For the Times