Category Archives: Environment, Health and Safety

Request for Information — PFAS in the Electronics Industry

by Matthew Chalkley, Procurement and Environmental Compliance Consultant Industry colleagues, on behalf of IPC, I have commenced a quick turn consultancy study, to understand which chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances class, are used within the electronics industry. Recognizing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) used in photolithography processes in the manufacturing of semiconductors is widely […]

IPC and ITI Convene Experts and Members to Examine Critical Environmental Requirements for Electronics

Kelly Scanlon, IPC director of environment, health and safety policy and research Last Tuesday, June 9, IPC partnered with the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) to offer an educational conference for the electronics sector on critical environmental requirements. Previous conferences entailed a cross-country roadshow including stops in multiple cities from the East to West coasts. […]

Deadline Extended for TSCA Fees Rule Self-Identification Obligation

by Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy & research IPC has posted on February 26 and March 26 regarding industry’s responsibility to determine if they are obligated to pay fees to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2020 to support risk evaluations of 20 high-priority chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control […]

Do You Have a Stormwater Permit for Your Facility?

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC The U.S. Environmental Protection Associations (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposed 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges from industrial activity. This proposed permit would replace the 2015 MSGP upon finalization. This proposed permit […]

Important Advocacy Opportunity: How Is Your Company Affected by US EPA Action on High-Priority Substances?

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released “scoping documents” for its upcoming reviews of certain high-priority chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 6(b). Your review of these documents is important because scoping is the foundation of the risk evaluation […]

Important Update Regarding the TSCA Fees Rule and Your Company

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC Over the past month, IPC has brought to your attention that the TSCA Fees Rule may apply to your company beginning in 2020 and that there could be several challenges for those who need to comply. Challenges include the requirement to self-identify as […]

U.S. EPA Fees for Toxic Substances May Apply to Your Company This Year

By Kelly Scanlon, director of environment, health and safety policy and research Manufacturers and importers of “high-priority substances” and importers of articles containing these substances may be obligated to pay fees this year to defray the U.S. EPA’s costs for administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Many companies may be unaware of these […]

TTM Technologies Inc.’s Sustainability Efforts Recognized by U.S. EPA

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC Kudos to IPC-member company TTM Technologies, Inc. for reducing air and water emissions while continuously improving their printed circuit board production processes. On February 11, 2020, the Sterling, Va. facility was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator and the […]

U.S. Congress to Approve Funds for R&D on Lead-Free Electronics and Defense

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations In a win for U.S. taxpayers, defense readiness, and the electronics industry supply chain, the U.S. House and Senate are poised this week to approve a defense spending bill that includes $5 million for research and development on the issues surrounding lead-free electronics in mission-critical applications. President […]

IMPACT Europe 2019: IPC Members Call for Pro-manufacturing Policies to Strengthen the Competitiveness of the European Electronics Value Chain

Representatives of electronics companies from across Europe gathered last week in Brussels to call on European policy makers to ensure the right policy and regulatory environment to stimulate innovation in the electronics value chain and boost its competitiveness in Europe. Held annually, IMPACT Europe is our premier annual advocacy event in Brussels, giving IPC members […]