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IPC filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on May 15, highlighting five EPA regulations that should be reformed:
- Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for lead
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Generator (HWG) Improvements rule
- RCRA Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule issued in 2014
- RCRA regulations for electroplating sludge sent for recycling
- TSCA reporting of byproducts sent for recycling
The comments were filed in response to EPA request for input on the implementation of President Donald Trump’s February 24, 2017 Executive Order 13777 (EO 13777) on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.
In addition to filing comments, IPC spoke at three EPA public meetings: On April 25 at the EPA Small Business Ombudsman’s meeting, a May 1 meeting hosted by the EPA Office for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and a May 9 meeting held by the Office of Land and Emergency Management.
EO 13777 establishes the policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people. Among other things, it requires each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and to identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
I recently spoke with PCB Technologies’ Jeff De Serrano, Yaniv Maydar, and Alon Menache about their new venture, InPack. They explain their plans to focus on advanced packaging, miniaturization, and other high-end technology, with much faster time to market, and they offer a view of the global market as well.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
There’s been a lot of talk among PCB manufacturers about the need to upskill their workforce. But where do you start—do you set up your own program or send staff to third-party training centers? We asked David Hernandez, IPC vice president of education, to weigh in on this topic, and the criteria that goes into creating IPC training programs. In addition to upskilling strategies, David also delves into the need for our industry to develop a labor pipeline, as well as the challenges we face in hiring, training, and retaining employees in this industry during a tight labor market.