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Jennifer Scott
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America’s chemical makers create innovative products that help protect the environment, from fuel additives to lightweight, recyclable plastic packaging to “scrubbers” at coal-fired power plants that dramatically reduce pollution. In fact, a groundbreaking study in 2009 by McKinsey & Company found that products of chemistry save twice the greenhouse gas emissions than are emitted making the products.

We employ this innovative spirit at our own facilities through the Responsible Care® initiative that is mandatory for all ACC members. Among the results: Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous pollutant releases by 44 percent since 2000.

But there is more to be done. While we continuously improve our own performance, we also advocate cost-effective laws and regulations that improve our nation’s overall environmental performance and provide clear direction for American manufacturing.

America’s environmental policies must promote the shared national goal of a healthy environment while encouraging innovation and high-skilled, high-paying jobs in the business of chemistry here at home.

Environmental Regulations

Regulatory reform is a priority for the business of chemistry, as our ability to innovate, hire and compete in a global market relies on having an effective and efficient regulatory system that does not create unreasonable burdens on industry.

  • Ozone: On July 13, 2020, EPA announced a proposal to retain, without revision, the existing 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. We support EPA’s proposed decision. We also support efforts to improve the NAAQS implementation process.

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis: Efficient and effective regulation is compromised when rules aren’t grounded in realistic economic impact assessments. We welcome EPA’s proposal to improve cost-benefit analysis in the Clean Air Act rulemaking process.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Chemical manufacturers will continue to meet demand for materials and technologies that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. ACC has adopted a set of principles for reducing worldwide GHG emissions. Visit our Climate Change page to learn more.

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