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ACC Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Plastics Excise Tax 

We are writing to express our serious concerns with a proposal recently circulated by the Senate Finance Committee staff to enact a “plastics excise tax” of $.20 per pound on the  sale of virgin plastic as a potential revenue raiser in the reconciliation package. It is a proposal that will raise revenue, but it will also harm American competitiveness and American consumers, hinder research and development and fail to meaningfully curb plastic waste in our environment.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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