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ACC Applauds Inhofe-Johanns Bill Ordering Study of EPA Regulations' Impacts

ACC today welcomed a bill introduced by Senators James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) requiring that federal agencies assess the cumulative energy and economic impacts of several U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Under the Comprehensive Assessment of Regulations on the Economy (CARE) Act, the U.S. Department of Commerce would lead an interagency analysis of a number of EPA rules.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry Issues Call for Papers and Posters for 2011 Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2011) The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference, scheduled for September 26 28, 2011, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. The event is the leading technical conference for the polyurethanes industry in the United States, bringing together eperts throughout the field in a range of disciplines.

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Federal Regulatory System Must Be Improved to Preserve Innovation, Promote Investment and Protect U.S. Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 9, 2011) In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight & Government Spending this morning, American Chemistry Council (ACC) Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Michael Walls called for improvements to the federal regulatory system, including a requirement for cumulative impact assessments of proposed rules, to protect U.S. innovation, investment and jobs.

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Statewide Plastic Bag Recycling Program Launches in North Carolina

(Raleigh, NC) March 9, 2011 North Carolina today became the fourth state in the nation to join the A Bags Life recycling movement by providing a statewide recycling education program and helping consumers find the nearly 1,200 drop-off sites in the state at grocery and retail stores. North Carolina retailers and legislators announced participation in the plastic bag recycling awareness campaign today, which provides an educational website (www.abagslife.com/NC), an app that locates drop-off sites by zip code and a make-your-own video contest that will begin in the fall.

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ACC Welcomes RD Tax Credit Legislation

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed the introduction of the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011 (H.R. 942), which strengthens the federal research and development ta credit and makes it permanent. The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Teas), John Larson (D-Conn.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).

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Plastics Makers Support Safety of Everyday Plastic Packaging

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2011) On March 2, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published a study suggesting that many forms of plastic packaging can potentially release endocrine active substances. The American Chemistry Councils Plastics Division, whose members include the nations leading producers of plastics materials, issued the following statement:

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ACC Encouraged By Effort in Congress to Extend Successful Chemical Security Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2011) Late yesterday, members of the House Energy & Commerce, Homeland Security, and Appropriations Committees introduced bills to etend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Similar bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate as well. ACCs President and CEO, Cal Dooley, released the following statement:

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ACC Commends Effort in Senate to Extend Successful Chemical Security Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 3, 2011) Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) today introduced legislation to etend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). ACCs President and CEO, Cal Dooley, released the following statement:

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ACC and SOCMA Announce Agenda for Global Chemical Regulation Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 3, 2011) This years GlobalChem Conference and Epo is being held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 21-23, 2011 and will provide chemical industry professionals a unique opportunity to interact with eperts in areas like the U.S. Toic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the European Unions Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Participants will also hear the latest updates on key developments in international markets, emerging science issues, hazard communication, and more.

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ACC Welcomes EPA Extension in GHG Reporting Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2011) The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)s decision to etend the data reporting deadline for the greenhouse gas mandatory reporting rule (MRR) from March 31, 2011 until late summer. An interim final rule is epected within a few weeks formalizing this change.

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American Chemistry Council Expands, Adds Four New Chemical Products Sector Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 28, 2011) The American Chemistry Councils (ACC) Board of Directors earlier this month approved the establishment of four new chemical product and sector groups to support the needs of the chemical industry and its value chain. These new groups focus on fluoro chemistry, flame retardants, pine chemicals and industrial gases.

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Recycling of Plastic Bags and Wraps Continues Dramatic Climb

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 28, 2011) The recycling of post-consumer plastic bags and wrapsa category known as plastic filmreached a record high of nearly 855 million pounds in 2009, according to a national report conducted by Moore Recycling Associates, Inc. on behalf of the American Chemistry Council.

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ACC Welcomes Boiler MACT Changes, Calls for Further Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 23, 2011) The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed changes in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)s final industrial boiler emission standards. However, ACC believes further improvements are needed when EPA reconsiders the rules.