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GAO Report Affirms Need for Permitting Reform To Support U.S. Manufacturing Growth


Contact: Jennifer Scott (202) 249- 6512  
Email: jennifer_scott@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2014)The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the release of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, "National Environmental Policy Act: Little Information Exists on NEPA Analyses."

"GAO's report shows some of the challenges associated with the NEPA process and helps make the case for permitting reform. From lengthy regulatory reviews to complex requirements and a lack of data, America needs to explore legislative solutions that will ensure projects are approved in a timely, cost-effective manner.

"Thanks to plentiful, affordable natural gas from shale, more than $107 billion in new chemical industry investment is planned for the United States. Permitting issues must not be a roadblock to new manufacturing plants and expansions, nor to the construction of pipelines needed to transport energy supplies.

"We are glad President Obama highlighted shale-related manufacturing investment in his State of the Union address and pledged to cut red tape to help make sure these projects happen. We are excited to work with the White House to get these projects permitted and built."

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