ACC Association News
US specialty chemicals markets mark third consecutive monthly gain
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 21, 2016
The Specialty Chemicals Market Volume Index, a tool created by the American Chemistry Council, showed that US specialty chemicals market volumes rose 0.3% in September. This follows a revised 0.1% gain in August and 0.3% gain in July. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average basis. Of the 28 specialty chemical segments we monitor, 21 expanded in September, four were stable and the remaining three markets experienced decline. During September, large gains (1% and over) were noted in adhesives and sealants and in mining chemicals. Read more.
2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference draws nearly 1,000 professionals to Baltimore
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 20, 2016
In a keynote panel discussion to kick off the conference's first day, Chief Operating Officer of the US Green Building Council Mahesh Ramanujam and President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council Cal Dooley explored the path forward toward meeting ambitious sustainability goals with the products of chemistry. Drawing on their experience and unique perspectives, both executives emphasized the vital need for their industries to join forces in advancing industry-wide sustainability. Dooley also announced the formation of an executive-level task force to spur conversations about sustainability among leading chemical suppliers and manufacturers. Read more.
ASID opens Material ConneXion Library in Washington, D.C.
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 19, 2016
The American Society of Interior Designers is excited to announce the official launch of its Material ConneXion Library at the society's new corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. The library features 300 samples of innovative materials and products with an emphasis on health and wellness in the built environment. Learn more.
ACC comments on Lancet paper alleging significant US health care costs from exposure to EDCs
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 18, 2016
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to a paper published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology by Trasande et al. alleging significant US health care costs from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs): "Today's release is the latest in a series of papers in which Dr. Trasande and his colleagues demonstrate a casual indifference toward scientific principles, yet a dogged pursuit of headlines. The paper's conclusions are speculative at best and based on incomplete, inaccurate information about the relationship between chemicals and human health. Further, the methods the authors used to generate the economic data have been widely criticized by economists, scientists and even the European Commission. The only thing more troubling than the paper's many flaws is that it does virtually nothing to advance the protection of public health. The vast majority of studies cited by the authors do not show that exposure to specific chemicals causes health effects. Rather, the authors have cherry-picked studies that show incomplete and inconsistent correlations between exposure to certain chemicals and specific health outcomes, many of which have been strongly disputed by independent scientists." Read more.
Rushed OMB review of debt-equity rules could harm US investment
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 14, 2016
Responding to the release of final debt-equity regulations under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code, the American Chemistry Council said, "We are deeply concerned by OMB's rushed review of Treasury's debt-equity regulations. The proposed rules touched many segments of the American economy, and we are disappointed that the Administration moved too quickly to conduct a meaningful review of the rules' impacts.
"While we have not seen the final rules, we had expressed significant concerns about Treasury's proposal, which aimed to address corporate tax inversions, but would instead disrupt ordinary business transactions that create jobs. Companies have long relied on intercompany loans as a way to manage cash flows and fund new projects, yet the proposal treated all such debt as suspect, jeopardizing U.S. investment and growth. We sincerely hope that Treasury's changes to the final rules will address the many serious shortcomings evident in the proposal.
"The U.S. chemical industry has been a vital source of investment in American manufacturing. Since 2010, our companies have announced 274 projects valued at $170 billion, all linked to plentiful and affordable supplies of energy and feedstock. These new facilities and expansions could create hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the U.S. economy by 2023. All of the projects rely on their company's internal treasury functions to provide timely, reliable and efficient funding.
"In our comments, we had urged the Administration to withdraw its proposed regulations to avoid undue harm to the U.S. chemical industry and other businesses that contribute so much to our economy. Getting the rules right warranted more thorough consultation with stakeholders and a more robust OMB analysis, especially since Treasury has deemed them 'economically significant.' " Learn more about ACC tax policy.
David Buccolo receives TRANSCAER 2016 Distinguished Service Award
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 12, 2016
Ed Chapman, past chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group Executive Committee, presented the TRANSCAER 2016 Distinguished Service Award to David Buccolo in recognition of his tireless commitment to advancing transportation safety during the 27th Annual Continuing Challenge HazMat Workshop. Organizers of the Continuing Challenge Workshop also recognized TRANSCAER in honor of the organization's 30th anniversary of providing assistance to communities and first responders. Read more.
ACC releases updated review of US drinking water chlorination practices and issues
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 04, 2016
"Imagine living in a world without chlorine disinfection of drinking water ... You would have no idea when a dreaded disease might strike you down or strike down your children or other family members. This is the world that everyone in the US lived in at the turn of the twentieth century," writes Michael J. McGuire in the foreword of ACC's just-released "Drinking Water Chlorination: A Review of US Disinfection Practices and Issues." McGuire is also the author of "The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives." The newly updated review is intended for water-quality professionals, students, researchers and public health officials, and it substantially updates and expands our previous 2003 edition. Read more.
The role of chemistry in sustainable building
ACC SmartBrief | Oct 04, 2016
Innovations in chemistry make an important contribution in developing the products and materials that help create attractive, durable, modern buildings. At the same time, there is a growing focus on whether and how ingredients in building materials may affect the environment and the health of building occupants. To address these issues, the American Chemistry Council and the US Green Building Council collaborated to develop two sessions focused on materials health and safety in the built environment at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo this week. Learn more about each session.
Shepherd Chemical named winner of 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council today announced that the Shepherd Chemical Co.'s BiCATs 8840 and 8842 water stable bismuth catalysts for polyurethane formulations won the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Shepherd's winning entry, one of three finalists, was announced during the closing session of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Baltimore. Read more.
Rescued puppy gets a new "leash" on life thanks to innovative plastic prosthetic paw
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016
Inspired by the rescue dog known as Hudson the Railroad Puppy, Plastics Make it Possible has pledged a donation of $20,000 to support The Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team. The donation will fund HSUS efforts to help rescue animals suffering in life-threatening situations. A special donation page has been set up for animal lovers to donate directly to the cause. Plastics Make it Possible recently produced a short video about the journey of Hudson, who was left for dead on railroad tracks in upstate New York, an act of cruelty that left him without a rear paw. Thanks to a new plastic prosthetic paw, Hudson is able to live a full life with the freedom to run, jump and play. The video has garnered over 4 million views and has inspired Plastics Make it Possible to join with HSUS to raise funds to help rescue more animals. Learn more.
The role of chemistry in sustainable buildings: Greenbuild sessions highlight materials health, safety and innovation
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016
Innovations in chemistry make an important contribution in developing the products and materials that help create attractive, durable, modern buildings. At the same time, there is a growing focus on whether and how building materials may affect the environment and the health of building occupants. There is increased interest from the public, architects, specifiers and manufacturers about which building materials and products help to meet sustainability goals. To address these important issues, the American Chemistry Council has worked with the US Green Building Council to develop content for two sessions focused on materials health and safety in the built environment at the upcoming Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Los Angeles next week. Learn more.
American Chemistry Council welcomes House committee's interest in IARC
ACC SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016
The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement in response to the letter sent today by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to the National Institutes of Health requesting information on the funding given to the International Agency for Research on Cancer by NIH: "IARC has a long history of passing judgment on substances through a fundamentally-flawed process that yields questionable results, many of which are easily mischaracterized or misunderstood causing confusion among the media, regulators and the public. IARC's disregard for the essential concepts of exposure or risk and the Agency's lack of transparency, strong scientific standards, adequate stakeholder input, and clear conflict-of-interest protections have long been a source of concern of many observers. We welcome the interest of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and hope that it will shed light on the close and somewhat opaque relationship between IARC and NIH, including the use of taxpayer dollars and resources to support IARC's activities."