Contact: Jennifer Killinger, (202) 249-6619  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 19, 2011) - The American Chemistry Council today responded to a story authored by California Watch that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and the San Jose Mercury News. The following statement may be attributed to Steve Russell , Vice President of the Plastics Department for the American Chemistry Council.

"This story distorts and misrepresents public process and the role the American Chemistry Council played in it. Contrary to the lede in each of the three stories, we submitted comments in response to the state's public solicitation for input.

"When CalEPA developed its curricula, the agency chose to solicit public comment-as is extremely common practice-and posted an invitation to do so on its website ( see CalEPA's press release ). We and many others chose to submit comments ( see ACC's comments ) on draft versions of the curricula that were made public through the agency's website. The purpose of our comments was to correct factual inaccuracies and to present a more complete view of plastic bags' environmental attributes, including their benefits, which were absent from the draft. Our comments, and those of all other stakeholders, were submitted via email and through an online form on CalEPA's website.

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