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SVHC Candidate List Update 2024SVHC Candidate List Update 2024

On Jan 23, 2024, another SVHC Candidate List update was issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), adding five new substances. With the five new substances, the REACH SVHC list now contains 240 substances.  The 5 substances contained in this SVHC Candidate List Update  According...

U.S. Invests in Chip Factories in Colorado and OregonU.S. Invests in Chip Factories in Colorado and Oregon

On January 4th, the Biden administration announced a commitment to allocate $162 million to Microchip Technology, aiming to bolster the domestic production of computer chips. This marks the latest announcement associated with a 2022 law aimed at revitalizing semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.The incentives...

EPA Prioritizes Five Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under TSCAEPA Prioritizes Five Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under TSCA

In an effort to strengthen chemical safety regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the initiation of the prioritization process for five additional toxic chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This decision may substantially impact manufacturers as the EPA takes steps...

Cargo Ships Avoid the Suez Canal after Red Sea AttacksCargo Ships Avoid the Suez Canal after Red Sea Attacks

Cargo vessels are avoiding the Red Sea after Houthi rebels started attacking commercial ships off the Yemen coast. Since mid-November, the rebel group has attacked ships in protest of Israel’s escalating response against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The attacks threaten to disrupt supply chains...

PFAS, Supply Chain Resilience, and 4 More Topics You May Have Missed in 2023PFAS, Supply Chain Resilience, and 4 More Topics You May Have Missed in 2023

As we close the book on 2023, there were a lot of major topics and events we discussed that impacted the semiconductor industry. From the growing scrutiny of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ to major supply chain disruptions and how to respond to them, we had much...

US Restricts AI Chip Exports to ChinaUS Restricts AI Chip Exports to China

The U.S. Department of Commerce is restricting the sale of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) chips to China after announcing new export rules in October. The latest measures specifically target Nvidia’s A800 and H800 AI chips, with potential implications for semiconductor giants Intel and AMD. Additionally,...

EPA Proposes to Amend PBT Rules for decaBDE and PIP (3:1)EPA Proposes to Amend PBT Rules for decaBDE and PIP (3:1)

On November 24th, 2023, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule regarding amending the regulations for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)), two of the five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals addressed in final rules issued under the...

3 New Substances Added to California Prop 65 – November 20233 New Substances Added to California Prop 65 – November 2023

On November 17, 2023, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added three new substances to California’s Proposition 65 list.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to place clear warning labels on products and locations that may contain significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer,...