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ACC Statement on EPA’s Proposed New Chemicals Procedural Rule

Telly Lovelace

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2023) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed New Chemicals Program Procedural Rule:

“A well-functioning, reliable and efficient TSCA New Chemicals program is foundational to manufacturing the new and innovative products and materials we rely upon every day, including chemistries critical to semiconductors, clean energy, EV’s, solar and wind here in the United States.

“Upon a quick initial review, EPA’s proposal looks to include a codification of approaches the Agency is already taking in its implementation of the New Chemicals Program. That said, we plan to review the proposal further and provide detailed comments to the public docket. It is also critical that EPA and the Executive Branch ensure that the TSCA New Chemicals program policies do not negatively affect the supply chain and manufacturer’s ability to bring new and innovative products and materials to market.

“Ultimately, EPA must expeditiously improve the timeliness and predictability for new chemicals reviews, enhance Agency engagement with TSCA submitters and the regulated community, maintain critical exemptions, and provide clear and concise direction on what information is required of new chemical submitters.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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