The press release is EPA's; and, to be clear, the Agency should have mentioned RoHS as a footnote, or better still given an explanation about what was voluntary about the project in the global context of RoHS and similar regulations affecting elecronic device design.
Is there another way that the partners might have thought of the phase out as "voluntary?" RoHS mandates that consumer products sold in the European Union not contain lead above a certain weight fraction. If they exceed the threshold number, a financial penalty is levied against the distributor. If the US operating site merely supplies electronics components that are assembled by other companies into consumer items for sale, the compliance obligation would be indirect. Not very convincing.
Thus, the first impression lingers: greenwash.
Does it make any sense to complain about bad impressions from a government press release? Progress is progress. Environmental exposure to lead is being reduced. Plus, we noticed elsehwere that this Vishay site had done a great job of looking into ways to prevent pollution and reduce energy consumption. Tell us what you think.