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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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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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High Phthalates a Primer on DINP and DIDP

The most common types of high phthalates include diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP). These phthalates are tightly bound in the structure of the vinyl. This fact, together with their low vapor pressure, contributes to their long service life to help keep products flexible.