Policy

White House GreenGov Symposium seeks to boost energy efficiency in federal government; chemistry can help

A key takeaway from this week’s White House GreenGov Symposium is that, when it comes to “greening” the Federal Government, especially by improving energy efficiency, chemistry has an essential role to play. ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley applauded the federal government’s attention to energy efficiency in a statement released Tuesday. Following on the heels […]

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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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Cal Dooley testifies before House Ways and Means Committee, assesses energy tax policy, tax reform, NAT GAS Act

ACC President Cal Dooley appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means this morning to testify on the importance of a stable, competitive natural gas market to securing America’s energy future. The Committee probed what role, if any, the tax code should play in managing our country’s energy supply. Much of the energy tax […]

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America Invents Act supports innovations in chemistry, touching one in five U.S. patents

President Obama signed the America Invents Act (HR 1249) on Friday, a bill the President says will make a sizable dent in the U.S. Patent Office’s 700,000-application backlog and place reviews for green technology projects on a fast track. The legislation matters to America’s chemistry industry, which spends approximately $50 billion every year to support […]

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Modernized TSCA can and should protect both human health and animal welfare

To date, much of the discussion around improving the way chemicals are regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has focused on the goal of creating a system that is more protective of human health. However, there is another goal that should not be overlooked – protecting the welfare of animals. This important issue […]

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Sen. Vitter, champion on job creation, economic growth, honored with ACC Distinguished Leadership Award

In a reception held at our offices last night, ACC President Cal Dooley presented Sen. David Vitter with ACC’s Distinguished Leadership Award. As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Sen. Vitter has worked hard to advance public policies that support innovation […]

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Letter to Congress: Pass legislation to extend CFATS, continue chemical security enhancements

In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, ACC President Cal Dooley updated members on the progress the chemistry industry, along with our public and private partners, has made to enhance chemical security over the past decade. Additionally, in an interview with Homeland Security Newswire this week, Dooley reiterated the need for Congress to pass legislation […]

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Prioritization process important first step toward achieving world-class chemical management system

Today, I am pleased to announce ACC’s development of a chemical prioritization process that should help improve our nation’s chemical management system under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). We believe this system will help EPA create a clear process to determine which chemicals may require further scientific evaluation and which do not. Developing a […]

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650 California restaurants urge lawmakers to oppose ban on polystyrene foam packaging

On Tuesday afternoon, 650 California restaurants along with numerous local Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter urging lawmakers to oppose Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s proposed bill (SB 568) to ban polystyrene foam containers in the state. Prohibiting the use of polystyrene take-out packaging would deal a serious financial blow to food vendors throughout California, including […]

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New ACEEE white paper: “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency”

A major transition is underway in America’s electricity sector as utilities retire coal-fired plants in response to new environmental regulations. Last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a white paper, “How to Avoid a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency,” which outlines how expanded investments in energy efficiency […]

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