American Chemistry Matters: Driving Innovation, Creating Jobs and Enhancing Safety

To get beyond CAFE to 2030, we’ll need this roadmap

Arguably the most influential force in the North American automotive market is the joint Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards which set emissions and miles per gallon (mpg) requirements for model year 2025 vehicles to more than 50 mpg. This rapid mpg increase, combined with ever present consumer demand for better performance and appealing styling [...]

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EPA’s new Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) framework a step in the right direction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering new guidance for risk analysts who conduct important human health assessments on behalf of the Agency. If you’ll recall, last December, George Mason University conducted a survey of toxicology experts and found widespread agreement on a need for the government to establish clearer policies and better methodology for [...]

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CalRecycle announces workshop on expanding state’s ability to convert waste into energy, fuels

Last fall, a panel discussion co-hosted by ACC and the LA Chamber of Commerce showcased emerging technologies that can convert waste into energy. Focusing on ways that state and local lawmakers can encourage new investment in these technologies, the event included participation by many local business leaders and waste management experts, including representatives from CalRecycle, [...]

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Leading Hispanic medical association supports TSCA reform, urges passage of CSIA

A leading organization representing Hispanic physicians has voiced its support for passing the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), calling it “the best chance for achieving reform” of today’s outdated chemical safety laws. More: What Else Are They Saying about the Chemical Safety Improvement Act? Elena Rios, president & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical [...]

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Revealing rare earths: Economic report sheds light on rare earths’ essential role

Whether it’s energy-saving wind turbines, life-saving pacemaker devices, state-of-the-art advanced avionics or super sleek smartphones, rare earth elements play an important role in helping a variety of the latest technologies perform. A new rare earths economics report from the American Chemistry Council and Rare Earth Technology Alliance shows that billions of individual products from a [...]

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CPI now accepting entries for the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award

For more than 75 years great minds have contributed to the advancement of the polyurethanes industry. Are you one of those innovators? The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council sponsors an award program to honor your innovation before hundreds of your polyurethanes industry peers. CPI is now accepting 2014 Polyurethane [...]

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ExxonMobil on leading edge of shale-driven industrial renaissance, one step away from multi-billion dollar expansion at Baytown, TX

ExxonMobil is an early mover in America’s industrial renaissance fueled by abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale and associated natural gas liquids. The company is awaiting the green light to begin construction on an exciting, multi-billion dollar expansion to its chemical facilities in Baytown, Texas — already one of the largest and [...]

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Misinformation fuels misplaced concerns over flame retardants

Recent media events have focused on debates about fire safety standards and flame retardants. The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA)—a group strongly committed to improving fire safety—welcomes an open public discussion on the facts about these important compounds that help keep Americans out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, the heightened interest in fire safety has [...]

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CHEMTREC® has saved my bacon more than once

You might imagine after serving as CHEMTREC®’s Director of Outreach & Special Programs for the past six years and engaging in hundreds of hazardous materials conferences from Sacramento, CA to Plymouth, MA, I have heard just about anything and everything. However, after meeting thousands of responders from coast to coast, the one comment that still [...]

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NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade converts waste into energy

A number of forward thinking cities are investing in technologies to convert trash into energy and, in the process, are taking advantage of an abundant, domestic energy resource. Consider Newark, New Jersey. Last week’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City generated a fair amount of waste. Rather than landfilling it, the party hats, [...]

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