ISDS as a Catalyst for Growth: The U.S. Chemical Industry’s Case for Stronger Investment Protections Under the USMCA

Recognizing the importance of free trade to the highly-integrated, North American supply chain, U.S. chemicals manufacturers welcomed last Friday’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Buenos Aires. However, legitimate concerns remain about insufficient Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) protections under the newly-inked trade pact – a subject which this post will review in greater depth. […]

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Chemical Security: Unfinished Business in Washington is Risky Business

There are many things Congress must address before it is set to adjourn but none can be more urgent than passing legislation to preserve one of the nation’s most important anti-terrorism programs, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Chemistry is the lifeblood of our economy — directly touching 96 percent of all manufactured goods. Securing […]

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New ‘Mind the Science’ website aims to educate retailers and shoppers on the science behind chemical safety

It’s that time of year again – time to rake the leaves, baste the turkey, and, for some of us, to prepare for Black Friday and the traditional kick-off of the holiday shopping season. In another nod to tradition, it’s time for one advocacy group to issue its annual retailer report card, which calls into […]

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Open letter to the editor – Pediatrics – re: Food Additives and Child Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)[1] has put forth a set of policy recommendations based on a hypothesis that the presence of certain chemicals in the diet suggests potential adverse effects on children’s health. “Phthalates” are among the chemical names in the policy recommendations and accompanying technical report (Trasande et al. 2018).[2] To prevent misunderstandings […]

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At Greenbuild 2018, chemistry helps build sustainability

This week in Chicago, architects, designers, builders and product manufacturers are gathering at Greenbuild 2018, to learn about, discuss and be inspired by the latest trends in high-performance, sustainable, resilient buildings designed and constructed with the goal of helping to enhance our health and well-being. “Human By Nature,” the Greenbuild 2018 theme, reflects this connection, […]

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Help avoid OSHA’s top 10 violations with product stewardship resources

During a conference session on Oct. 24, at the National Safety Congress & Expo in Houston, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced its list of the top 10 occupational safety violations, occurring for fiscal year 2017. Patrick Kapust, OSHA’s Deputy Director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, counted down the list. The […]

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Correcting misunderstandings of food additives and child health

The technical report published by Trasande et al., has suggested that phthalates may be present in the diet and could have potentially adverse effects on children’s health. To prevent misunderstandings that could arise from this report, it is important that we highlight the following: People typically are not exposed to phthalates through microwaveable plastics – […]

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CNN article perpetuates “chemical-free” myth

CNN recently published an article about a new product that will increase the shelf life of certain fruits and vegetables. Food waste is a globally relevant and timely topic, and stories about technologies that maintain the quality and shelf life of foods are extremely important. The company describes their product as “a family of plant-derived […]

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Celebrating 30 Years of Responsible Care®

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of Responsible Care in the United States. Responsible Care is the backbone of the chemical industry’s sustainability commitment, helping chemical manufacturers operate with health, safety and environmental protection as a top priority. Responsible Care implementation means the chemical manufacturing industry is committed to safe operations. In fact, Responsible Care companies […]

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Holey Mole-y: It’s #NationalChemistryWeek! Help us celebrate the ‘central science’

There’s a lot to celebrate and enjoy around this time of year – vibrant fall foliage, harvest ales, Halloween, and countless other holiday and seasonal activities. And if you work at the American Chemical Society (ACS) or the American Chemistry Council (ACC), you already know that a celebration of each of those things is really […]

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