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ACC Welcomes Legislation to Expedite Federal Permitting For Appalachian Regional Energy Hub

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in support of the Appalachian Energy and Manufacturing Infrastructure Revitalization Act of 2017, introduced yesterday by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

“We commend Senator Capito for helping to streamline the federal permitting process for an Appalachian energy hub. We agree that the Hub should be designated a ‘critical energy infrastructure’ project eligible for expedited federal permitting. The region is poised to become a major center of chemical and plastics manufacturing, if the right energy infrastructure gets built.

“Better coordination among federal regulators and more timely consideration of project applications are sensible steps that will improve the federal permitting process for new energy infrastructure. We urge swift passage by the Senate.”

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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