GlobalChem and the road ahead: Why this year’s conference marks the halfway point for one of the most transformative decades for the industry and regulations

ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Mike Walls kicked off Tuesday’s GlobalChem regulatory conference with a prediction: “Ten years from now,” Walls said, “We will look back at 2015 as the inflection point in one of the most transformative decades for shaping chemical policy.” If you think about it, it’s easy to see [...]

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What can the U.S. learn from other countries when it comes to regulating chemicals? GlobalChem keynote speaker Professor John Graham weighs in

When it comes to building a world-class chemicals management system here in the U.S., some experts have said that one important thing we can do is look at how other countries have tackled key issues. One of those experts, Professor John Graham of the University of Indiana, recently coauthored a guest column on lessons for [...]

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Fueling Export Growth (Part 2 of 2): Why the expected surge in U.S. chemicals exports will depend on our country’s ability to deliver on its ambitious trade agenda

The release yesterday of ACC’s latest exports report, “Fueling Export Growth: U.S. Net Export Trade Forecast for Key Chemistries to 2030,” painted a bright picture for exports of chemicals linked to the shale gas revolution. But what stood out to me even more than the numbers themselves was that our industry’s massive growth potential largely [...]

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Fueling Export Growth (Part 1 of 2): U.S. chemical exports linked to natural gas could double by 2030; plastics products leading the surge

On the heels of a wave of new chemical industry investment projects expected to come online over the next few years, gross exports of chemical products linked to natural gas, including plastics, could reach $123 billion by 2030 – more than double what chemical manufacturers exported in 2014, according to a new report from Nexant, [...]

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Listen to the Science: Experts Say BPA is Safe!

To share clear, science-based statements from two prominent government agencies, ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group is encouraging consumers and manufacturers to: “Listen to the Science.” A campaign with this theme was launched today to highlight recent declarations about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and [...]

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California sunshine heating up the activists on BPA

Pulling out all the stops, the anti-BPA activists are hot under the collar to do something, anything to keep BPA-health scares in the Hollywood spotlight.  So, consistent with and possibly prodded by the activists’ agenda, once again OEHHA is operating out-of-sync with the scientific consensus of the U.S. federal government regulators at FDA and other government agencies [...]

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After 7-year delay, EPA should fully implement current ozone standard

On March 12, 2008, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone at 75 parts per billion (ppb) – the most stringent ever. Last week, EPA finally completed the implementation requirements for states. The rules include deadlines for submitting plans, emission control technologies to be used, and processes [...]

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How many beagles does it take to prove BPA is safe?

It’s time to call off the dogs, says the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ recently highlighted announcements from important scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe and the United States that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in consumer products for people of all ages, including unborn children and infants. The Journal also criticized the [...]

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Another big innovation from the world’s smallest form of technology

What type of advanced technology could create winter clothes that capture the body’s heat to help us stay warm, while also potentially cutting down on our home energy bills? The answer is nanotechnology. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, researchers at Stanford University have developed a fabric with silver nanowires that can repurpose [...]

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‘No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure,’ says EFSA following comprehensive review

After a comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity, an expert panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that “BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels.” Although some news outlets continue to cover individual small-scale studies [...]

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