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A Myth Under the Microscope

From life-saving medications to fuel for our cars, most people would agree: Our lives are better because of modern chemistry. However, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is concerned by the attempts by federal and state policymakers to use one-size-fits-all policies to ban, restrict, or regulate entire chemical families, such as phthalates, siloxanes, fluorinated chemistries, and flame retardants.

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Why Chemical Families Are Like Berries

A one-size-fits-all approach is neither scientifically accurate, nor appropriate. The truth is, just like in our own families, every individual chemical in a family has its own unique set of qualities and behaviors that can provide important benefits. 

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Misconceptions About Chemical Families: Let's Break It Down

Lately, there has been a trend in one-size-fits-all policies by federal and state policymakers to ban, restrict, or regulate entire chemical families. Reviews and regulations should take into account the significant differences among the many compounds that are part of a chemical family. 

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The Safety and Benefits of Flame Retardants in Electronics

Since the introduction of strict fire safety standards in the U.S. — including those standards where flame retardants are a useful tool — fires have been reduced by over 50 percent, from 734,000 in 1980 to 352,000 in 2016.

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Composition of Electronic and Electrical Equipment

Flame retardants are a critical safety component because electronics have a variety of potential ignition sources generated by the essential components of the product, including circuit boards, batteries, wiring, fans, connectors, and even plugs.

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The Unique Fire Safety Threats to Electronics

The performance properties that make electronics so essential to our lives — utility, speed, durability, and extended use — are powered by potential ignition sources that rely on flame retardants to meet safety standards.