CES, produced by NAM member Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is the world’s largest technology and consumer electronics show. This event attracts thousands of participants and debuts the newest in consumer technology like robotics, self-driving cars, drones and personal sensory technologies. This year, included in that roster, is a panel exploring the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.
The NAM’s Rachel Jones participated in this panel, discussing TSCA reform, how it affects state chemicals programs and what this means for industries like manufacturing, consumer electronics, toys and upstream chemicals.
During the discussion, Jones highlighted why now is the time for TSCA reform and why this topic is perfect for CES.
- “As consumers, we rarely come into contact with basic chemicals,” said Jones. “But polymers and specialty chemicals are the building blocks of our daily lives: plastics, cleaning products, paints and coatings, cosmetics, automobiles and the amazing new gadgets you saw here. Manufacturers are the men and women who make all those things.”
- “Perhaps more importantly to people here, you can’t make electronics without chemicals. A recent estimate from the American Chemical Society found that the industrial chemicals and fossil fuels required to make a computer chip was a 630:1 ratio. In other words, it takes over 600 times the weight of a chip in source materials to make just one chip. To give you a frame of reference, in manufacturing a car, it only requires about a 2:1 ratio. High-tech is highly chemical dependent.”
- “When the TSCA was written, we were still listening to eight-track tapes, using typewriters and rotary-dial landlines. The Internet hadn’t even been invented. Even though TSCA is the nation’s primary law governing the manufacture of chemicals, it hasn’t been updated in 40 years. Over the decades, innovations by manufacturers and use of chemicals have rendered TSCA out of date. Modernizing TSCA will provide certainty for manufacturers.”
- “Manufacturers have long been vocal advocates for these critical reforms to strengthen and improve an outdated environmental statute. Given how polarizing environmental issues have been in Washington lately, it’s truly refreshing to see lawmakers taking the responsibility to provide solutions seriously. Manufacturers know that it’s time for more than talking points; it’s time for the hard work of hammering out compromise.”
It is essential that leaders in Washington continue to work toward getting a bill to the president and highlighting the absolutely essential uses of chemicals, from everyday products to the most modern and cutting-edge electronics.
To watch the entire panel, click here.
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