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ACC Report Finds New Supplies of Natural Gas Could Create Thousands of Manufacturing Jobs, Boost State Revenue and Grow Michigans Economy

Abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale could produce more than 19,000 permanent, high-paying chemical manufacturing jobs in Michigan, revitalizing the states industrial base, driving economic growth and boosting eports while generating tens of million of dollars in much-needed state revenue, according to a report issued by the American Chemistry Council.

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NAFRA Responds to Flame Retardant Study

The American Chemistry Councils North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) today released the following statement regarding the Washington Toics Coalition and Safer States study, Hidden Hazards in the Nursery.

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New Study Examines Widely Used Brominated Flame Retardant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently released one of its studies showing that current dietary eposure to tetrabromobisphenol A, a widely used flame retardant commonly called TBBPA, does not raise a health concern.

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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.