“I think clean drinking water and for farmers to be able to irrigate their fields is far more important than a microchip,” said Stacy Brenner, a Maine state senator who backed the state’s bipartisan legislation. In Minnesota, bills would ban by 2025 certain products that contain added PFAS — which is short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — in legislation considered to be some of the toughest in the country. The Semiconductor Industry Association — whose members include Intel, IBM and Nvidia — has cosigned letters opposing the Minnesota legislation, arguing its measures are overly broad and could prohibit thousands of products, including electronics. Chipmakers also opposed the California and Maine laws.
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