ACC Association News
Flexible Packaging Recycling Project announces research results, new members
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016
The industry collaboration Materials Recovery for the Future has announced the findings of a research program that showed that automated sorting technologies in use today can be optimized to capture flexible plastic packaging -- potentially creating a new stream of recovered materials while improving the quality of other recycling streams. The research, documented in the Resource Recycling Systems report "Flexible Packaging Sortation at Materials Recovery Facilities," demonstrates that with adequate screening and optical sorting capacity, flexible plastic packaging can be efficiently captured in a single-stream materials recovery facility. Learn more.
US chemical production pulled back in August
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016
According to the American Chemistry Council, the US Chemical Production Regional Index retreated by 0.3% in August, following a 0.4% gain in July and a 0.6% decline in June, as measured on a three-month moving average basis. In August, chemical production declined in all regions except the Gulf Coast, which saw a modest gain. The decline reflects weakness performance in several key end-use markets in recent months. Learn more.
American Chemistry Council addresses assertions in new report on hexavalent chromium
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016
The Environmental Working Group released a report today about the presence of hexavalent chromium in drinking water. In response to this development, the American Chemistry Council released the following statement: "The Environmental Working Group report does not provide any new information about hexavalent chromium in the water supply. Throughout this process, EPA made these data available on its website. This is the data that is now being used in the EWG report." Read more.
US specialty chemicals market notches second consecutive monthly gain
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016
The American Chemistry Council reported that US specialty chemicals market volumes rose 0.3% in August. This follows a 0.4% gain in July and a 0.3% decline in June. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average basis. Of the 28 specialty chemical segments we monitor, 17 expanded in August with the largest gains (1% and greater) in adhesives and sealants, lubricant additives and mining chemicals. Learn more.
The pursuit of quality in risk assessment
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016
The Toxicology Forum is an international organization that encourages dialogue among government agencies, industry, academia, policymakers and nongovernmental organizations concerned with public health issues. Following Congress' recent passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, the Toxicology Forum's summer meeting in Salt Lake City featured a particularly interesting and timely session on "the pursuit of quality and objectivity in risk assessment" that discussed how a law enables a governmental agency to act (i.e. its authority) but leaves the interpretation of how to comply with the law to the agency. This allows the agency to use its discretion and flexibility to implement the law, and it is here where the intersection of science and policy becomes particularly important. For instance, the new LCSA suggests the need for regulatory action when there is an "unreasonable risk." However, what constitutes unreasonable risk is not fully articulated in the LCSA. The science policy determination, as outlined in the new law, will be left to the Environmental Protection Agency in its implementation of the statute. Learn more.
Rampant confusion over endocrine active and endocrine disrupting chemicals
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016
Over the last three decades, the NIEHS has missed one critical opportunity after another to help the public recognize the important difference between substances that can interact with the endocrine system safely ("endocrine active chemicals") and substances that can cause harm ("endocrine disrupting chemicals"). Here's what people need to know: Endocrine active substances can interact with the endocrine system but, like caffeine, do not illicit harmful effects. By definition, an endocrine disruptor must cause an adverse effect via alteration of the endocrine system. If a chemical alters the functioning of the endocrine system, but this does not result in an adverse effect, by definition, it cannot be identified as an EDC. And yet, time and again, you will see individuals and even some global organizations attempt to categorize, label and list them as such. Read more.
Much at stake for everyone when it comes to repairing our nation's freight rail policies
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016
When the railroads claim that exercising their monopoly-like power only affects a "narrow" group of big businesses, don't believe it. Some of the hardest hit rail customers are small and medium-sized businesses, including America's farmers who are heavily reliant on freight rail. In fact, more than 48 trade associations representing a broad range of manufacturing, agricultural and energy industries sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to support competitive switching reforms. Learn more.
ASID welcomes American Chemistry Council as Material ConneXion Library founding sponsor
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016
The American Society of Interior Designers is pleased to announce and welcome the American Chemistry Council as the founding sponsor of the Material ConneXion library housed within the newly opened ASID Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Society welcomes the involvement of ACC as it showcases the impact of design materials on the human experience. The ASID Material ConneXion library features samples of innovative materials and products that contribute to health and wellness in the built environment. The collection is segmented into eight categories -- polymers, process, naturals, metals, carbon-based, cement-based, ceramics and glass -- and is intended to assist design professionals in selecting and specifying materials for future projects.
"The products of chemistry enable countless innovations in buildings, from insulation that reduces air leaks and heat transfer, to flexible and leak-resistant piping, to 'smart' windows that help keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter," said ACC Vice President Debra Phillips. "ACC is proud to work with ASID and Material ConneXion to showcase the products that make advances in health and wellness in the built environment possible." Learn more.
Plastic paw helps injured pup run again
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 02, 2016
To demonstrate the many different ways that plastics help make life better, the Plastics Make it Possible campaign has created a new video showing how plastic prosthetics are helping our four-legged friends overcome injury and live full and active lives. Learn more.
CPI announces enhanced polyurethane professional development program
ACC SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry has announced new and expanded content for three courses included in the 2016 Polyurethanes Professional Development Program. Presented by the CPI Education Center, the 2016 Polyurethanes PDP features eight courses that provide industry professionals with targeted learning opportunities. The Polyurethanes PDP is part of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, taking place Sept. 26 to 28 in Baltimore. Learn more.