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Chipmakers Fight Spread of US Crackdowns on ‘Forever Chemicals’

Chipmakers Fight Spread of US Crackdowns on ‘Forever Chemicals’

Intel and other semiconductor companies have joined together with industrial materials businesses to fight US clampdowns on “forever chemicals,” substances used in myriad products that are slow to break down in the environment. From a report: The lobbying push from chipmakers broadens the opposition to new rules and bans for the chemicals known as PFAS. The substances have been found in the blood of 97 per cent of Americans, according to the US government. More than 30 US states this year are considering legislation to address PFAS, according to Safer States, an environmental advocacy group. Bills in California and Maine passed in 2022 and 2021, respectively.

“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.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.