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ACC Welcomes Senate Hearing on Permitting Reform

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2023) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing “to Examine Opportunities for Congress to Reform the Process for Permitting Electric Transmission Lines, Pipelines, and Energy Production on Federal Lands.”

“Today’s Senate hearing advances the urgent task of creating a 21st century process for the permitting of energy infrastructure and production projects. A timely, effective, and harmonized permitting process is vital to U.S. competitiveness, supply chain security, and energy and manufacturing innovation for a lower emissions future. In the chemical sector, what’s needed is onsite access to diverse sources and technologies for use in our operations along with national infrastructure to enable their deployment and growth.

“Chemistry companies are among the leaders and participants in exploring the development and use of innovative lower-emissions technologies. The chemical sector and its supply chain also produce essential ‘inputs’ for energy-saving solutions such as semiconductors, electric vehicles (EVs), solar and wind power, advanced battery storage, high-performance building solutions, lightweight vehicle parts, and more. Rapid deployment of new infrastructure will be important for both.

“The bipartisan debt ceiling agreement included important provisions on permitting modernization. We urge Congress and the Biden administration to address the inefficient permitting process for industrial projects. We will continue to engage with policymakers on this critical issue for our industry and the country.”

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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