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Hear their stories: TSCA’s big impact on small business [NEW VIDEOS]

Of all U.S. chemical manufacturers impacted by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 76 percent are small businesses from major metropolitan hubs like Cincinnati, Oh., to smaller towns and cities like Peru, Ill.

And because these companies depend on sensible chemical regulations to thrive and succeed, we set out to talk with them about what TSCA reform would mean for their businesses.

You can watch the full-length films on or by clicking the links below.

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  • WATCH: Small, family-owned companies across the country agree it’s time to reform TSCA so we can put better regulations to work for small businesses, their customers and consumers.
  • WATCH: Tom Shepherd, CEO of Shepherd Chemical Company, a small manufacturing company in southwest Ohio, explains how the decades-old TSCA needs to do a better job promoting innovation throughout the value chain. Shepherd Chemical produces high quality metal salts and organic compounds for customers around the country.
  • WATCH: Hugh Caffery, president of Lockport, La.-based Valentine Chemicals, says that TSCA reform must modernize government regulations to keep pace with science and to meet the future needs of small businesses.
  • WATCH: Sam Dortch, general manager of Batesville, Ark.-based FutureFuel Chemical, explains how how updating TSCA will help provide a comprehensive federal regulatory system instead of a fragmented set of local laws that would discourage R&D and his company’s ability to do business across the country. FutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of premium biofuels and custom and specialty organic chemicals.
  • WATCH: Inga Carus, president & CEO of family-owned Carus Corporation of Peru, Ill., is counting on legislators to achieve sensible TSCA reform so her company can provide the best solutions to their customers. Ed Stec, vice president of environmental health safety and security at Carus, explains how TSCA reform will help resolve the inconsistent patchwork state regulations that make it difficult for the company to do business and compete in a global market.


In May, the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), introduced by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator David Vitter, supported by equal numbers of Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, kick-started a sincere and serious effort to reform chemical regulation.

The bill has garnered support from an historic bipartisan coalition of more than 25 Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, environmental advocates, national and state organized labor, former senior EPA officials from both parties, small family-owned manufacturers across the U.S. (whose stories you see above) and nearly 100 industry associations representing businesses of all sizes.

On Wednesday, ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy to encourage Congress to seize this truly unique opportunity to pass legislation that is important to the lives of American families and the success of American manufacturers.

Visit to learn more about the need for chemical regulation reform and the bipartisan effort underway in Congress to modernize TSCA.

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