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ACC Supports National Nanotechnology Initiative's Role in U.S. Development of Nano Industry

The Nanotechnology Panel of ACC supports and promotes the safe use and manufacture of the products of nanotechnology. The panel believes that federal agencies have a critical role to play in supporting the responsible development and use of nanotechnology. They are also making essential contributions through environment, health, and safety research and related initiatives.


ACC: Natural Gas Act Could Divert Supplies From U.S. Manufacturers

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today urged caution as Congress considers legislation that would create federal incentives for natural gas vehicles. The New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (H.R. 1380) was introduced on April 6.


Plastics Makers Agree: Plastics Don't Belong in Our Oceans

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement to address questions about plastic products and industry activities depicted in the film Bag It!, which may be attributed to Anne Womack Kolton, vice president of communications.


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.


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.


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.).


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.


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.


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:


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: