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

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) June 2011 decision to include styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). In reviewing the NAS findings, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Styrene, a liquid, and polystyrene, a solid, are fundamentally different. [...]

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ACC champions transparency in flame retardant debate

Tim Shestek, senior director of State Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), testified June 24 before the California Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Products on Senate Bill 1019 (also known as SB 1019), legislation that would require manufacturers of upholstered furniture to indicate whether their products sold in the state contain flame [...]

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Putting all the pieces together: ACC helps improve chemical risk assessments

Most would agree that credible, science-based assessments of the potential risks from chemical exposures are necessary for providing both regulators and the regulated community with a useful summary of the science on certain chemicals. Very often these assessments underpin product stewardship and regulatory actions taken to protect human health and the environment. When creating chemical [...]

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State of the Science (Part 3 of 3): Dr. Melvin Andersen Q&A on EPA formaldehyde workshop

Following the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) state-of-the-science workshop on formaldehyde inhalation last month, the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel invited the co-chairs of three workshop sessions to offer their thoughts on some of the key discussions that took place. You can check out our first [...]

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State of the Science (Part 2 of 3): Dr. James Collins Q&A on EPA formaldehyde workshop

Following the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) state-of-the-science workshop on formaldehyde inhalation last month, the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel invited the co-chairs of three workshop sessions to offer their thoughts on some of the key discussions that took place. We’ll be posting responses by each [...]

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State of the Science (Part 1 of 3): Dr. Lorenz Rhomberg Q&A on EPA formaldehyde workshop

Following the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) state-of-the-science workshop on formaldehyde inhalation in April, the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel invited the co-chairs of three workshop sessions to offer their thoughts on some of the key discussions that took place. We’ll be posting responses by each [...]

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NAFRA sends letter to Kaiser Permanente urging it to reconsider new furniture standard that puts patients at risk

Kaiser Permanente announced on June 3 that it would cease purchasing furniture for its facilities that contain flame retardants. Kaiser Permanente is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health plans, with over 9 million members and hundreds of facilities, which is why the decision is so troubling. Patients are among the most vulnerable populations in [...]

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NFPA’s open flame test, once developed, will become an important fire prevention resource

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently announced that its Standards Council has approved the development of a test for open-flame sources, such as candles, matches and lighters. This announcement is a step in the right direction. We have every reason to believe that the test will give furniture manufacturers a clear marker for determining [...]

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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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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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