Policy

EE Global 2015: Bright outlook for energy efficiency

Last month, the Alliance to Save Energy once again hosted a high-wattage gathering of energy efficiency experts from around the world. Now in its eighth year, Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) brought together policymakers, industry leaders, and members of academia to share their latest insights and “best practices” in saving energy. Building Energy Efficiency in [...]

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Senate gives the nod to move TPA bill to the next critical phase

The Senate has now joined the vast majority of Americans that say they would support passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation to broaden global market access for goods and services made right here in the USA. ACC has been an ardent supporter of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R.1890/S.995). First, we [...]

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IRIS progress report details key improvements, but the bar must be raised higher

According to a May 2015 progress report to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is better off than it was a year ago, but not as effective as it needs to be to deliver timely, high-quality and credible chemical risk assessments. EPA does deserve credit, first and foremost, for following [...]

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Nanotechnology panel to share insights with EPA on proposed nanomaterial rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule recently that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials, including production volumes, the potential for public exposure and the use of manufacturing and processing methods. The American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel promotes the responsible development of nanotechnology by advancing knowledge of good product [...]

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Taking a complete view of preemption and TSCA reform

As support grows for the bipartisan effort to reform our nation’s chemical regulatory system, it’s important that we take an objective and honest look at the role of federal preemption can play when it comes to successfully updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In a four-page article published in the American Bar Association’s Natural [...]

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What you may have missed at SOT: How ‘show and tell’ can lead to a greater understanding of chemical assessment results

Scientists are exploring new visual approaches to improve how chemical hazard values (and their inherent uncertainties) are determined and communicated to risk managers and the public so that we can all make more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals. At the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting in San Diego last month, Drs. Nancy [...]

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EPA’s ozone standard: A defining moment for U.S. manufacturing

As we approach EPA’s March 17 deadline for comments on its proposal lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, Americans should be fully informed of the impacts. In many communities, the answer is simple: Fewer jobs, slower growth. Perhaps the real-world consequences of EPA’s plan are hidden behind confusing terminology. In EPA-speak, [...]

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GlobalChem 2015: CEPA ICG executive director Amardeep Khosla answers our questions on how to advance chemical regulations in the U.S. and Canada

Canada has made some progress in regulating chemicals under the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) — so how can Canada and the U.S. work together to manage chemicals more effectively? Professor John Graham answered three big questions on Monday regarding his keynote speech at this year’s GlobalChem conference about what the U.S. can learn from how [...]

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Why CPSC should address scientific flaws with CHAP report before finalizing phthalates rule

Chemical safety reviews that take place behind closed doors, and which rely on old data and unproven methods, aren’t exactly a role model for sound science. And, they certainly don’t stand out as the kind of solid foundation on which, you would think, the most advanced country in the world would want to base its [...]

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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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