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IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries is joining with a broad coalition of industry groups in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) implementation of a new chemical safety law.
On Monday, IPC and about a dozen other associations filed motions to intervene in litigation brought by several advocacy organizations that have been critical of the EPA’s approach to the law. The groups object to the agency’s new risk prioritization and evaluation rules under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LSCA), which was passed with bipartisan support in 2016 to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
A strong, cost-effective, science-based federal regulatory program is essential to IPC members, many of which use chemicals to manufacture electronics products for the global market. IPC supports the goals of the LSCA and believes uniform, science-based regulations are the best way to protect the environment and the public’s health while minimizing barriers to interstate commerce.
“We believe that the EPA is on the right course with respect to its risk prioritization and evaluation rules, and we have confidence in the agency’s ability to regulate chemicals properly under the Lautenberg Act,” said John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC.
“We are hopeful that this litigation can be resolved soon, so that the EPA can continue to move forward in modernizing America’s outdated chemical regulatory program.”
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,200 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China. For more information, click here.