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Safety expert joins ACC to lead emergency response program

Earlier this month the American Chemistry Council was fortunate to have John D. Modine sign on as the new Chief Executive for its CHEMTREC® Division, which serves as a critical source of information for emergency responders regarding incidents involving hazardous materials. Modine comes to CHEMTREC® with over 20 years of experience with the American Petroleum […]

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FAST Action by Congress helps keep chemical transportation on track

During the final legislative business days of last year, Congress passed a major and much-needed piece of legislation called the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or “FAST Act,” which addressed many critical transportation issues. In addition to providing long-term funding to the Department of Transportation, the legislation contained important provisions to help improve the safe […]

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Warming up for Round 2 of #ACCaugust

Summer may be winding down by the time August comes around, but ACC’s Political Mobilization activities will be in full swing! Taking advantage of the August recess when elected officials are back in their home districts, we hit the road to showcase the broad-reaching benefits of the business of chemistry in an effort we call […]

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New ACC-funded publication implements National Academies recommendation to expand the use of Bayesian methods in IRIS assessments

EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) “is an electronic data base containing information on human health effects that may result from exposure to various chemicals in the environment.” IRIS values are hazard – not risk – values that are often cited or used in other chemical safety evaluations, by EPA, federal agencies, states, and a […]

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What do a solar panel and pacemaker have in common?

From solar panels to medical devices to sports safety equipment to personal care products, silicones are used in thousands of products. This family of high performance materials is crucial to countless industries, including medicine, construction, transportation, fashion, and sports. A recent socio-economic report released by the Global Silicones Council underscores just how important silicones are […]

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Natural gas helps shape future of U.S. manufacturing

Natural gas continues to play a starring role in our nation’s energy story, revitalizing the chemistry industry and spurring manufacturing growth. Just yesterday, Royal Dutch Shell announced that Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC has taken the final investment decision to build a major petrochemical complex, comprising an ethylene cracker with polyethylene derivatives unit, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. […]

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EE Global 2016: Remarkable gains, significant potential for energy efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy’s 9th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (#EEGlobal), held May 11-12, showcased the many ways energy efficiency drives productivity and profitability across the economy. Industry professionals, policymakers and members of academia reflected on the significant gains achieved to date and “next steps” for efficiency efforts. In exciting keynotes, Senators Rob Portman […]

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BfR ‘consensus statement’ on EDCs reinforces 5 key principles underpinning risk-based model of regulation

When reports surfaced last month that nearly two dozen scientists had gathered in Berlin to reach an “expert consensus” on how to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), it wasn’t immediately clear who attended, how they were selected, or how – or even if – the European Commission would use some of the outcomes to help […]

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Capito demonstrates commitment to helping emergency responders

Last night, Congress passed a resolution introduced by Senator Capito that recognizes the incredible work of the TRANSCAER® program in helping communities prepare and respond to a potential transportation incident involving hazardous materials. While congressional resolutions can be fairly common, TRANSCAER is a truly unique program. Last year alone, the program helped more than 50,000 […]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

On April 22, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed the substance styrene on California’s Proposition 65 list, pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 that requires the state to publish a list of substances known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. […]

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