Transparency, objectivity and modern scientific practices critical for regulatory decisions

  Utilization of transparent, objective and modern scientific approaches to draw conclusions regarding human health risk is critical to developing sound regulatory decisions. Throughout the EPA, the application of scientific information to underpin regulatory activities has often been inconsistent and unclear; leading to concerns regarding how the Agency incorporates the best available science, how it […]

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ACEEE symposium: Energy efficiency is a sustainability strategy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)’s International Symposium on Energy Efficiency (#ISEE18) in Washington last month provided a prime opportunity to explore how energy efficiency can contribute to a sustainable future. Leaders from business, government and academia shared best practices in “doing more with less.” Chemistry has an essential role. For over a […]

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Building sustainability and resilience through chemistry

At the AIA Conference on Architecture this week, architects, designers and firms are gathering in New York City to share their perspectives, and learn from others, about how to “build a blueprint for better cities” – with a focus on health, resilience and sustainability. AIA states that “community sustainability goals are fulfilled in large part […]

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ACC’s biocide panel announces new name: Center for Biocide Chemistries

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Biocides Panel announced its new name today, the Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), at the Twelfth Antimicrobial Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. The CBC, under its former name, was established in 1986 and represents more than 50 companies that manufacture active biocide ingredients and/or formulate biocide products. Biocides, also known as […]

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Science Behind Sustainability

Chemistry: The Science Behind Sustainability

Through the science of chemistry, earth’s basic building blocks – like carbon, hydrogen and oxygen – are transformed into materials that have helped revolutionize society. Innovations in chemistry are helping to improve lives and protect the environment in a number of ways – by enabling clean drinking water, a safe and adequate food supply, medical […]

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The other Dicamba Story: Chemistry innovations that reduce the volatility potential of an extremely effective herbicide

There was lot of excitement in the farming community with the long-awaited EPA approval of a low volatility dicamba formulation (Xtendimax®) in November 2016 and subsequent launch of three low volatility dicamba products for use over the top of dicamba-tolerant crops in 2017. These products are excellent at controlling palmer amaranth in soybean and cotton […]

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UCS chooses to peddle conspiracy theories rather than be a constructive partner in PFAS effort

You may have seen a recent conspiracy theory the Union of Concern Scientists (UCS) has been peddling in the media and on the Hill about a Jan. 31 meeting between EPA and ACC staff. Their theory goes that ACC has been bending the ear of EPA in secret to prevent a government report on a […]

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EPA can increase transparency and protect individual privacy

Many critics of EPA’s proposed rule on “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” would have people believe that protecting individual privacy and increased public access to research data are mutually exclusive, which is false. EPA should always strive to base its regulations on the best available science—science that is reliable and unbiased—and make the underlying research […]

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U.S. plastic resin producers set goal to recycle or recover all plastic packaging by 2040

It’s ambitious, yet achievable—realistic—a true “stretch goal.”   This week ACC’s Plastics Division announced three new goals to guide and accelerate the capture, recycling and recovery of plastics packaging. Although we and our members have supported a variety of programs to increase plastics recycling, we want to be clear about where we’re heading, and we want […]

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Stand up for safety: OSHA safety event emphasizes fall prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) focus this week is on its National Safety Stand-Down, taking place from May 7-11. National Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event to encourage companies to talk about safety with their employees, especially about fall hazards and fall prevention. As you’ve read here before, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry […]

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