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ACC: Senate Boiler MACT Legislation Imperative Following Court Ruling

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman ending the stay of EPAs major source boiler (BMACT) and solid waste incinerator (CISWI) rules. (Sierra Club v. EPA, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 11-1278 (PLF)).

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ACC Applauds Congressional Action to Improve Chemical Risk Assessments

With todays bipartisan vote requiring improvements to EPAs IRIS program and NAS review of two parts of the 12th Report on Carcinogens, Congress has taken an important step to improve the science used by the Obama Administration to make public health determinations.

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ACC, SPI Align and Expand Efforts to Defend Plastic Bags and Increase Plastic Film Recycling

As efforts to ban or ta plastic bags become increasingly local, the Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA), which includes Americas largest manufacturers of plastic bags, will transition from ACC to SPI. This move will become effective, January 1, 2012 and will allow PBA to leverage SPIs national grassroots network. Upon completion of the transition, the group will be named the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA).

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Economic Outlook for U.S. Chemistry Industry Mixed; Shale Gas Offers Bright Spot

Despite a slowdown in Americas economic recovery, the outlook for the U.S. chemicals manufacturing industry is bright. According to the American Chemistry Councils (ACC) 2011 Year-End Situation and Outlook published today, gradual improvement will occur in 2012, before a stronger recovery takes hold in 2013.

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ACC Welcomes Boiler MACT Changes, Calls for Enactment of Pending Legislation

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)s proposed reconsideration of certain provisions in its suite of industrial boiler and solid waste incinerator rules (i.e. Boiler Major Source, Area Source, CISWI and Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rules).

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Plastic Bag Collection Events Tip the Scales on America Recycles Day

Plastic bag recycling took on an educational and festive flair in schools, village squares, college campuses and retail store parking lots during America Recycles Day 2011, as community groups in 35 states embraced the message that plastic bags should not be treated like trash.

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Plastics Makers Hail Highland Park, Illinois' New Recycling Program as a Step in the Right Direc(1)

This week the Highland Park City Council voted unanimously to adopt a program that will bring at-store recycling bins to more of its major retailers. The program applies to stores larger than 10,000 square feet, which will provide one or more recycling bins in entrance areas with signs to educate consumers about the importance of recycling. The following statement may be attributed to Shari Jackson, director of the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council.

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Plastics Makers Hail Highland Park, Illinois' New Recycling Program as a Step in the Right Direction for Consumers

This week the Highland Park City Council voted unanimously to adopt a program that will bring at-store recycling bins to more of its major retailers. The program applies to stores larger than 10,000 square feet, which will provide one or more recycling bins in entrance areas with signs to educate consumers about the importance of recycling. The following statement may be attributed to Shari Jackson, director of the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council.

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New Plastics Recycling Website for Recycling Professionals

Numerous organizations dedicated to increasing plastics recycling have launched a new website (www.RecycleYourPlastics.org) to aggregate the etensive but often far-flung information on plastics recycling that eists on the Internet. The site is designed to offer an easy-to-use gateway for information on plastics recycling, in an effort to help enable epanded collection and recycling of plastics across the United States.

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ACC Expresses Concern with Safe Chemicals Act

In testimony before a joint legislative hearing of the full Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toics and Environmental Health, American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley epressed the Councils concerns with S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act, and reiterated a desire to continue to work with Congress to update the Toic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Global Plastics Industry Launches Action Plan for Solutions on Marine Litter

Plastics industry leaders from across the world met this week in Dubai to create a global action plan for solutions on marine litter. This action plan describes actions to be taken and progress to be reported by signatories in 2012. Today approimately 100 projects have been identified, which will be carried out in 32 countries, in addition to the global activities supported by all signatories.