Tag Archives: EPA

Picturing the impact of EPA’s ozone regulations

America’s chemical industry is undergoing a historic expansion, made possible by plentiful, affordable supplies of natural gas and NGLs from shale. But EPA’s upcoming ozone regulations could put the brakes on manufacturing growth in many parts of the country. Bright outlook for chemical industry investment Due to the U.S. chemical industry’s newfound competitiveness in the [...]

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Two keys to a stronger chemical assessment program: Planning for success and avoiding pitfalls

This week’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) workshop on the National Research Council’s (NRC) recommendations for improving federal chemical assessments gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an opportunity to build on the progress it has already made in creating a sound, more transparent, and objective assessment program. While the agenda for the workshop covers [...]

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EPA makes strides to collect input, but needs to broaden its scope to really improve IRIS

ACC is encouraged that the U.S. EPA has sought opportunities to get more input to improve the way the Agency conducts chemical risk assessments. Public workshops are one proven approach to collect input that has been employed by the scientific community for years. And it’s good to see that EPA is making more use of [...]

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TSCA sections 5 and 14 balance health and environmental protections with innovation, growth

As 25 bipartisan cosponsors work in the Senate to bring more of their colleagues on board the comprehensive, balanced Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), introduced in May by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the House is holding hearings of its own to learn more about the current law that [...]

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Strengthening IRIS will lead to more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a public stakeholder meeting last month regarding steps to improve the Agency’s primary chemical safety assessment program, known as the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which acts as a leading source of health risk information for other federal, state and international regulatory bodies. “The best way to deal [...]

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House Energy & Commerce Committee questions the science behind chemical risk assessments

Several members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee met with stakeholders from the regulated community last week to discuss the growing concern around the quality of the science used by the Federal Government and the adverse impact it’s having on U.S. economy. Committee members asked participants to share their experiences on how flawed federal [...]

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TSCA turns 35; chemistry industry continues to voice support for updating the law

The law that regulates the production and use of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), turned 35 last month, and we remain committed to updating the federal law so consumers can have confidence that the products they buy are safe for their families. Calling for bipartisan reforms to our nation’s chemical regulations system requires [...]

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NRDC report misses the point; Getting chemical risk assessments right is in the interest of us all

Getting chemical risk assessments right is in the interest of us all – a crucial point overlooked by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their recent report questioning EPA’s ability to assess chemicals through the Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). ACC supports efforts to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to reflect [...]

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‘Chemicals prioritisation needs to be reasoned and efficient,’ Dooley writes in Chemical Watch

With the fate of legislation in Congress up in the air, ACC President Cal Dooley suggests how the review of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) can be improved today in a guest column just published in the October issue of Chemical Watch’s Business Briefing. Our friends at Chemical Watch have granted [...]

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E&E TV: Cal Dooley discusses prospects for clean, conventional energy following President’s jobs speech

In an interview airing today with E&E TV’s Monica Trauzzi, ACC President Cal Dooley makes a strong case for U.S. manufacturing job growth as a result of increased shale gas production. He also discusses ACC’s proposal for a comprehensive, scientifically-based prioritization system that could be used by the EPA to determine which chemicals warrant additional [...]

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