Policy

Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA): Legislative Summit provides valuable forum to explore new, better way to regulate chemicals in commerce

As a part of their mission to strengthen state governments, the National Council of State Legislators hosted their annual Legislative Summit this week in Chicago. Given the recent federal action around TSCA reform, the summit could not have come at a more opportune time. During the event the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Vice-President of State […]

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Is your mustard jar hiding a chemical secret?

From American hotdogs, to Bavarian pretzels, to Swiss sausages, and to Indian roasted fish, mustard is one of the most popular and widely used condiments in the world. But is this beloved condiment hiding a dark secret? The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) recently released a surprising new finding: mild mustard commonly […]

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What does the future hold for chemical security regulations?

It’s hard to believe that ten years have gone by since the Department of Homeland Security adopted the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Not all of those years were easy ones and the program has had its fair share of challenges along the way. As Compliance Division Director David Wulf pointed out to a packed […]

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Live! From #ACCaugust Round 2 – 2016

During the August recess, ACC’s Political Mobilization activities will be in full swing! Once again, we’ll be fanning out across the country to further our industry’s advocacy goals in a grassroots initiative called #ACCaugust. Through plant tours, in-district meetings, and industry roundtable discussions, we will meet with Members of Congress to raise awareness of the vital importance […]

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How the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) is already at work for consumers, businesses and families

It’s been just five weeks since the president signed the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) into law, and we’re already seeing strong evidence that the law is working the way it should. Late last week, in one of EPA’s first actions under the new law, the Agency evaluated a group of new chemicals submitted to […]

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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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What Stanford forgot to tell you about BPA

Last week a flurry of news stories reported on a new study of bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods led by a researcher at Stanford University. Based on an analysis of BPA levels in urine and self-reported canned food consumption, the researchers came to the conclusion that “[c]anned food[s] … were associated with higher levels […]

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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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Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act: Protecting Americans’ health and the environment in the 21st century

A little over a week ago, consumers across the country were given something they rightfully have demanded for years: more confidence in the safety of the chemicals used to make the products they purchase for themselves and their families. But consumers didn’t just ask for the greater sense of safety that was given to them […]

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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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