Air quality is a top priority for residents in communities where the chemical industry operates. Communities across the country are seeking reliable, up-to-date information about local air quality, and ACC members can play a key role in monitoring and reporting air emissions and addressing potential community concerns about air quality.
ACC members are working to reduce air emissions associated with chemical manufacturing and to be transparent about their progress. Through Responsible Care®, ACC member companies publicly report their progress in reducing air emissions from their facilities:
- Responsible Care companies report emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPs) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program. From 2010 to 2020, Responsible Care facilities within the ACC membership have reduced HAPs emissions by approximately 24 percent.
- ACC members track core air quality indicators by measuring facility emissions of sulfur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx). Since 2017, ACC members have reduced SOx emissions by 18 percent and NOx emissions by 39 percent.