Archive: September, 2013

A chemical industry economic revival, on the Bayou and beyond, thanks to shale gas

Robust and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale are providing enormous economic benefits for Louisiana that will endure for decades, Martha Moore, ACC senior director of policy and economics, said in a recent interview with New Orleans radio station WWL. Moore highlighted the findings in a recent IHS report, which projected a shift in [...]

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EPA’s latest GHG rules highlight Administration’s unfinished business on energy policy

Now more than ever, America needs a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. A proposal announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week shows how much remains to be done. On Friday, EPA issued re-proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for GHG emissions from new power plants. While we are pleased that the NSPS for [...]

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Chemical industry’s commitment to product safety along the value chain

The 3rd Annual Safer Consumer Products Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C., brought together regulators, chemical producers, consumer product manufacturers, NGOs, consultants and other stakeholders to talk about a topic important to us all – the safety of the chemicals in products that we all use every day. Chemistry is essential to thousands of [...]

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New study: Flame retardants tested do not increase fire fighters’ exposure to dangerous smoke

The peer-reviewed journal Fire Technology recently released a study showing that flame retardants do make a difference in preventing and slowing the spread of fire. The study also found that flame retardants do not appear to make smoke more toxic, a finding that will be of particular interest to fire fighters, many of whom have [...]

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DoD’s Burke homes in on ‘other ways to generate power, but also how to need less’

The assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, Sharon Burke, recently discussed the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) operational energy strategy for the next decade at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. “We’re looking at other ways to generate power, but also how to need less,” Burke [...]

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ACC responds to WalMart’s ‘Sustainable Chemistry’ policy, highlights industry commitment to product safety

Yesterday, WalMart announced a new policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables, addressing chemicals used in home, beauty and personal care products. The policy focuses on reducing or eliminating specific chemicals from products and requiring online public ingredient disclosure from brand owners. ACC and our members are committed to working as part of the value chain [...]

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Barrasso amendment would prevent use of flawed estimates for social cost of carbon

Senator Barrasso (R- Wyo.) introduced an amendment this week that would prevent the Administration from relying on revised estimates for the social cost of carbon (SCC) that did not go through formal rulemaking or review. Barrasso attached the amendment to S. 1392, the energy efficiency bill sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman [...]

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Cal Dooley describes enduring benefits of shale gas for U.S. chemical industry (E&ETV)

American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley discussed the enormous advantages that shale gas has bestowed on the U.S. chemical industry and America’s manufacturing sector in a wide-ranging interview with E&ETV, a cutting-edge webcast featuring analysis from energy policy leaders. Asked about the projections for economic growth and new investment in a recent IHS [...]

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Making a material difference in the U.S. automotive industry

Despite recent economic challenges, the automotive industry continues to show signs of growth, with U.S. car sales rising to 14.5 million units in 2012 — a 13 percent increase over the year before. U.S. registrations are expected to rise to 15.8 million vehicles in 2014. Much of that demand is for vehicles that are more [...]

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Spray polyurethane foam delivers energy efficiency for high-performing buildings

It’s hard to believe, but winter and cooler temperatures are right around the corner. Some are even predicting a particularly harsh winter for many parts of the country. It’s a great time for homeowners to get ahead of the season and think about using a professional contractor to install spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation for [...]

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