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Helping EPA ensure its chemical review ‘pipeline’ under Lautenberg Act delivers as Congress intended

The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) is described as having three “framework rules” – Inventory Reset, Prioritization, and Risk Evaluation.  All three are designed to work together to set the stage for, and then deliver, efficient and streamlined risk evaluations of chemicals under the federal program.  EPA has described this ongoing process of prioritization and […]

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Working together to improve EPA’s proposed rules for chemical prioritization and risk evaluation under the Lautenberg Act

As efforts continue in earnest to implement the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), ACC sees two areas in particular where industry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can work together closely to put the program on a solid footing – prioritizing chemicals for review and conducting efficient risk evaluations. […]

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Federal agencies should update their science — and industry scientists are ready to help

Scientists from the public and private sector as well as academia could all have something to rally behind under the current Administration and Congress: a stronger appreciation for using good science to help drive regulatory decision-making. Congress has already begun to take action. This morning, Dr. Nancy Beck, Ph.D., provided testimony to a Senate Subcommittee about […]

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2017 GlobalChem will showcase new day in politics, chemical regulation and international cooperation

We all knew that modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) through passage and implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) would create a new era of chemical regulation in the United States. What we may not have known was that the statutory change would coincide with major changes in our political landscape. The […]

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Are there really thousands of untested chemicals in everyday products?

If you’ve ever read a news article or blog post about chemicals, you may have come across the oft-cited claim that there are 84,000 untested chemicals in the products we use every day. Taken at face value, this figure is startling. But, if you check the facts and take a closer look, you’ll also find […]

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Endocrine science: Will the real “manufacturers of doubt” please stand up?

“Let’s Stop the Manipulation of Science,” reads the title to an op-ed recently published in the popular French newspaper, Le Monde. It sounds like an honest cause, but are the authors being disingenuous with their call to action? The scientists who co-signed the piece make a bold accusation – that “scientific evidence has been willfully distorted […]

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2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference draws nearly 1,000 professionals to Baltimore

“Our driving force is CPI,” remarked CPI Steering Committee Chair Tom Feige at the Opening Session of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. “We have an association of people and resources that support a material that is vital to our society.” The strength and momentum driving the industry forward served as the common thread linking together […]

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ACC releases updated review of U.S. drinking water chlorination practices and issues

Imagine living in a world without chlorine disinfection of drinking water…You would have no idea when a dreaded disease might strike you down or strike down your children or other family members. This is the world that everyone in the U.S. lived in at the turn of the twentieth century. –Michael J. McGuire in the […]

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The role of chemistry in sustainable buildings: Greenbuild sessions highlight materials health, safety and innovation

Innovations in chemistry make an important contribution in developing the products and materials that help create attractive, durable, modern buildings. High performance spray foam insulation helps keep heat and cooled air inside a building, lowering energy costs. Vinyl flooring in hospitals and operating rooms is easy to clean and disinfect and can last for many […]

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NIEHS celebrates 25 years of endocrine disruptor research – we ask, what’s to celebrate?

For the past three decades, the rate of innovation among the world’s leading chemical manufacturers has accelerated at a globally competitive pace. Consumers often reap the benefits of this innovation firsthand: we see a larger number and greater variety of products appearing on store shelves; upgraded products that outperform their predecessors; and new technologies that […]

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