Today, ACI filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requesting the EPA to conduct a timely, transparent, and scientifically-sound risk assessment of D4 (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane). In our comments, ACI emphasized that conducting a timely risk assessment of D4 will further help provide clarity for consumers and business owners on this chemical substance. You can read the EPA filing online.
As “Silicon Valley” has grown into a household term, it’s become easier to take for granted one of the most important family of chemicals used in electronics today: silicones. Silicones’ contributions to and use in the electronics industry are vast. But now, regulatory threats to silicones have emerged abroad. Given their value, it’s dismaying to […]
Environmental regulation must follow science, not blacklist chemicals based on incomplete information. This article discusses how some U.S. state policymakers are blindly importing the worst of the EU’s regulations without scrutinizing the underlying reasoning. In essence, they are perpetuating policies that damage our economy, hurt consumers, waste energy and cost lives. To read this article, […]
EU’s Flawed Approach to Silicone Regulation Reveals Broader Threat to Innovation
This editorial, by Liam Sigaud, discusses how silicone has a profound impact on Americans’ energy use, including the benefits of energy generation from both wind turbines and solar panels. In fact, about 90 percent of solar panels have at least some silicone components, which act as lubricants, sealants, coatings, and insulators. Silicone compounds are also […]
Thanks to its high performance in a variety of settings, silicone has found its way into thousands of medical devices, from the most mundane to the most sophisticated. You’ve probably never visited a hospital without touching silicone material of some kind — it’s used in medical tape, electronic covers, syringe coatings, IVs, catheters, bed cushions, […]
Silicone is ubiquitous in our everyday lives; it’s found in millions of products we come into contact with every day, from sunroofs and smartphones to personal care products and medical devices. Yet efforts are underway, primarily in Europe, to impose draconian regulations on silicone products in the name of environmental protection. But advocates of restrictions […]