Policy

Catalysis helps society do more with less…R&D can accelerate the benefits!

What do cold water detergents, catalytic converters, and fertilizer have in common? They all rely on a powerful technology called catalysis. Catalysts are added substances that increase the rate of a chemical reaction. As a result, less energy is used per unit of product. In many ways, catalytic processes and technologies make modern living possible. […]

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Tying up loose ends: How transparency and reproducibility can help improve chemical assessments

Two basic scientific principles, transparency and reproducibility, which reportedly “saved the universe as we know it,” could also help bring the scientific method back to chemical risk assessment. This post will attempt to explain why these principles are critical and how the scientific community could help make that happen. Back in 2011, scientists appeared to […]

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Does WHO make the case for Prop 65 reform?

When the World Health Organization (WHO) pronounced last week that hot dogs and bacon are carcinogens and that red meat may also harm you, carnivores AND vegetarians alike were right to wonder, “What’s really going on here?” If past health warnings are a model, we’re still going to find hot dogs at the ballpark and ribs […]

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ACC senior director of science and research addresses questions raised by the Halifax Project

For centuries, the scientific method has made possible tremendous advances in science. It’s played an instrumental role in giving us just about everything we know today about how chemicals interact with the human body and the environment. One toxicological principle to emerge from the scientific method centuries ago, and which continues to stand the test […]

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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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