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ACC Applauds EPA for Progress in New Chemicals Program

Scott Openshaw

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement recognizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent progress to increase the throughput of new chemical pre-manufacturing notices under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5, the “New Chemicals Program,” as updated by the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA):

“We commend Administrator Pruitt for his attention to improving the efficiency of new chemical review under an amended TSCA. U.S. businesses, jobs, and competitiveness depend on a functioning new chemicals program,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “In just the last month, significant progress has been made to relieve the backlog, and we welcome the Administrator’s commitment to have the program functioning smoothly again by the end of July. Additional EPA staff deployed to the program have made important progress to completing reviews and allowing new chemicals—many of which are the products of years of R&D and will make technology improvements possible—to be used safely in U.S. manufactured products.  

“LCSA demanded that EPA deliver a higher quality new chemicals review, with greater transparency, and on schedule—and EPA is now making solid progress towards achieving these statutory objectives,” continued Mr. Dooley.  “We look forward to continuing our engagement with the Agency to support the implementation of this important, bipartisan legislation this year and moving forward.”

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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