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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Top U.S. officials in Beijing to stave off trade war with China; back at home, businesses share what’s at stake for the global economy

A team of top U.S. economic advisors is in Beijing to meet with Chinese officials about China’s discriminatory intellectual property and forced technology transfer practices. Looming over these discussions is a possible trade war between the U.S. and China over proposed actions resulting from USTR’s Section 301 investigation of China’s practices. With $5 billion in […]

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EPA’s proposed rule on transparency in regulatory science gets it right when it comes to the best available science and non-linear modeling approaches

At ACC we’re still doing a deep dive in our review of EPA’s recently proposed rule: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science. We look forward to submitting comments to help the agency ensure the final rule increases transparency and public confidence in the agency’s regulations while protecting personal privacy, confidential business information, proprietary interest and intellectual […]

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An open letter to E&E News

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) Formaldehyde Panel (the Panel) believes increasing transparency and public confidence in government regulations, while protecting personal privacy, confidential business information, proprietary interest and intellectual property rights, is of utmost importance. Although some have argued this opens the door for industry to go after important studies that underpin public health protections, […]

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The circular economy is here in Edmonton: Analyzing the benefits of post-use plastics

Across the globe businesses, communities and policy makers are pursuing strategies to more sustainability manage the products used by society. This includes thinking about product design, and designing systems to enhance the recyclability of products, and to develop more circular strategies for materials after they are used.  Brands, investors and policymakers all need a strong […]

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