ACC Association News

ACC's Nanotechnology Panel issues a statement regarding EPA's final rule on nanoscale materials

ACC SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2017

The following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's final reporting and record-keeping rule on nanoscale materials can be attributed to Jay West, senior director of the American Chemistry Council's Nanotechnology Panel:

"While we have not had a chance to analyze all legal and technical aspects of the final rule, the Nanotechnology Panel notes that EPA made some important clarifications in response to our and others' comments. We hope those clarifications will help manufacturers and processors better understand their legal obligations. The Panel appreciates that the rule focuses on nanoscale substances that exhibit unique and novel properties. Although limited, the inclusion of some references to internationally recognized terminology and material characterization approaches is also a positive change." Read more.

Local approval of Shell petrochemical complex will help boost regional economy

ACC SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2017

"We applaud local Pennsylvania officials for their vote of confidence in Shell's project, which has exciting potential to help make the region a hub of manufacturing activity and job creation," said Cal Dooley, ACC president and CEO. "Thanks to abundant supplies of natural gas, the US chemical industry is investing in new facilities and expanded production capacity, which tends to attract downstream industries that rely on petrochemical products. Shell's pioneering project -- the first of its kind outside the Gulf Coast -- could be the cornerstone for regional economic growth for decades to come." Shell's complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce polyethylene, which is used in a variety of products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components. Ethane, a natural gas liquid, is the US chemical industry's main feedstock. As of this month, 281 chemical industry projects valued at $170 billion have been announced, about half of which are completed or under construction. These new factories and capacity expansions will create hundreds of thousands of permanent new jobs throughout the US economy by 2023.

Stronger, safer, sleeker: Modern plastics are changing how we get around

ACC SmartBrief | Jan 12, 2017

Plastics Make it Possible visited the recent Los Angeles Auto Show to check out the latest innovations in the automotive world. From concept cars to models likely to show up in your driveway, there was one common denominator: Plastics. It makes sense: Lightweight and sturdy plastics help make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient, enabling a multitude of safety and performance improvements. From the latest models featuring carbon fiber-reinforced plastics that add strength and safety without adding weight, to mass transit and self-driving vehicles made with 3D-printed plastics, plastics were everywhere. And, by using 3D printing technology, some manufacturers say they can produce vehicles more quickly, and some of the parts can be recycled, too. Check out our video to explore the LA Auto Show and see these innovations made possible by plastics.

ACC welcomes House passage of REINS Act and Midnight Rules Relief Act

ACC SmartBrief | Jan 10, 2017

The American Chemistry Council praised the US House of Representatives for passing the "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act," H.R. 26, and the "Midnight Rules Relief Act," H.R. 21, last week. "We applaud House members for approving legislation that will improve the regulatory process and enhance Congressional oversight of major rules affecting the American economy and jobs. The 'REINS Act' and the 'Midnight Rules Relief Act' are important parts of a broader effort to modernize federal rulemaking, where greater transparency and accountability is sorely needed.

"We commend House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for their steadfast leadership on behalf of these bills. Federal regulatory actions with an impact of $100 million or more have increased sharply over the past decade, and such rules deserve careful consideration and thorough review. We look forward to supporting these and other efforts to achieve regulatory reform."

ACC urges House passage of Regulatory Accountability Act

ACC SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

The American Chemistry Council this week urged swift passage of the "Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5)," introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The legislative package combines a series of regulatory reform initiatives reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support during the 114th Congress.

“We applaud Chairman Goodlatte for his renewed effort to modernize federal rulemaking. The Regulatory Accountability Act is common-sense legislation that will lead to greater transparency and accountability in the rulemaking process. It will enable policymakers to make better-informed decisions as to how regulations will affect the economy and jobs. Regulatory reform is a longstanding priority for the business of chemistry, as our ability to innovate, hire and compete in a global market relies on having an effective and efficient regulatory system that does not create unreasonable burdens on industry. We urge House members to swiftly approve the bill when it comes to the floor."

ACC comments on nomination of Robert Lighthizer for US trade representative

ACC SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

"ACC and our members welcome the nomination of Ambassador Lighthizer to serve as United States Trade Representative. Ambassador Lighthizer previously served as deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan and has a long history of advocating in support of US business and economic interests. Ambassador Lighthizer's nomination comes at an important time for US trade policy and especially for the business of chemistry. Our industry is poised to lead a US manufacturing renaissance, transforming America's abundant natural gas supply into the chemical building blocks that drive innovation, economic growth and job creation throughout the value chain." Read more.

Global chemicals production remains flat in 4th quarter

ACC SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2016

The American Chemistry Council's Global Chemical Production Regional Index shows that headline global production was flat during November on a three-month moving average basis. This follows two months of decline and fairly good gains last year. During November, chemical production increased in North America, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe but fell in Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. Chemical production was flat in Africa & Middle East. The Global CPRI was up only 0.4% year-over-year on a 3MMA basis and stood at 108.1% of its average 2012 levels in September. Read more.

ACC releases November 2016 resin production and sales statistics

ACC SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2016

US production of major plastic resins totaled 6.4 billion pounds during November 2016, a decrease of 0.4% compared with the same month in 2015, according to statistics released by the American Chemistry Council. Year-to-date production was 72.7 billion pounds, a 1.8% increase as compared with the same period in 2015. Read more.

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