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IPC Meets with EPA Transition Team on RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements RuleMarch 15, 2017 | IPC
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IPC met last week with EPA senior staff to discuss our concerns with the recently published Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule and the February 24 petition for review filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by IPC and eight other trade associations.
Although EPA’s rule includes some common-sense updates that will bring greater efficiency and clarity to the Hazardous Waste Generator regulatory program, other aspects of the rule are quite draconian. IPC and the other associations are especially concerned about a provision that will change the criteria under which a generator of hazardous waste can be treated as operating a RCRA Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSDF) facility that is operating without a required permit. Under the new rule, failure to meet any one of EPA’s long list of ‘conditions for exemption’ could subject a generator to multiple violations and substantial penalties. Even a minor deviation in compliance would cause a generator to now be considered an illegal TSDF.
The meeting was held to elevate the issue with the new EPA transition team and to discuss options moving forward, including an agreement to put the petition for review lawsuit in abeyance while EPA and IPC discuss the possibility of EPA proposing changes to the rule.
The practical question around CHIPS Act development and electronics assembly is, “Will this change how we do business?” Indium Corporation’s Dr. Andy Mackie sat down with Nolan Johnson to share what he sees as emerging answers to that question from his perspective as an expert in electronics assembly and packaging, and as a participant in standards development through IPC, JEDEC, and SEMI.
IPC continues to collaborate with the electronics manufacturing industry to meet their current and future workforce training needs.
Though product demand weakened this month with Orders and Backlog Indexes slipping, overall electronics industry operations remain healthy per IPC’s September 2023 Global Sentiment of the Electronics Supply Chain Report.
Rigid-flex circuits are unique structures; part rigid board and part flex, they’re increasingly working their way into many of the electronic devices we use every day. There have been many advances in rigid-flex lately as more companies find themselves exploring this technology. So, before I started writing this article about rigid-flex design, I double-checked a few things. Fortunately, there is plenty of rigid-flex information available on a variety of great websites that we all know and trust.
IPC Day France: Aerospace Electronics is an aerospace-focused networking event featuring key industry experts from NASA and Airbus and will take place on October 2, 2023 .