ACC's Dooley to testify in support of Chemical Safety Improvement bill

By Jeremy Carroll
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: November 12, 2013 2:47 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy
Companies & Associations American Chemistry Council

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) has garnered support from manufacturers, some labor groups and even environmental groups because the “delicately crafted compromise will enhance public safety while preserving the ability of American manufacturers to develop new, life-changing innovations,” American Chemistry Council CEO Cal Dooley is expected to tell a House subcommittee.

Dooley is one of nine witnesses expected to testify on the bill during an Environment and the Economy Committee hearing scheduled for Nov. 13. The hearing will discuss Senate Bill 1009 which aims to update the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act.

The bill was introduced earlier this year by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and has 25 co-sponsors in the Senate. It has not been voted on in either chamber. The reform would require new tests for the 85,000 chemicals already on the U.S. market and expand the regulatory authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA would also be required to make more information available to the public.

The bill is a compromise backed by the American Alliance for Innovation, which includes a variety of plastics and plastics-related trade groups, including the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI), ACC, the Plastics Pipe Institute and the Styrene Information and Research Center.

“We are hopeful that with continued leadership from this committee and from bipartisan leaders in the Senate we can seize this truly unique opportunity to pass legislation that is important to the lives of American families and the success of American manufacturers,” Dooley is expected to say, according to his prepared remarks posted on the committee’s website.

There does remain opposition to the bill, including some environmental groups who say the measure doesn’t go far enough in protecting the public against harmful chemicals.

Richard Denison, senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, said the bill needs “significant changes if is actually to deliver the promised reforms,” according to his written testimony. But the problems in the bill “are fixable and can be addressed in a manner that ensures protection of public health while retaining bipartisan support critical to the passage of the legislation.”


Comments

ACC's Dooley to testify in support of Chemical Safety Improvement bill

By Jeremy Carroll
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: November 12, 2013 2:47 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Residents ask court to close pipe maker

November 21, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Residents living by National Pipe & Plastics Inc.'s new factory in an industrial zone of Endicott, N.Y., say the facility has “devastated the...    More

Image

Ineos making its UK shale play

November 21, 2014 9:29 am ET

Chemical giant Ineos Group AG is planning to be the biggest player in the United Kingdom's shale gas industry.    More

UK court hearing case of rotomolding worker killed in 280 C oven

November 21, 2014 9:00 am ET

The management at a United Kingdom rotational molding plant are facing criminal charges for the death of a worker who was trapped inside a 280...    More

Image

New York City officials avoid taking a stand on plastic bag fee

November 20, 2014 11:28 am ET

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration claimed Nov. 19 to be committed to dramatically reducing plastic bag consumption in New York City, but ...    More

Image

Agilyx facing nearly $50,000 in fines from Oregon DEQ

November 20, 2014 11:59 am ET

Agilyx Corp., a plastic waste-to-oil company, is facing nearly $50,000 in fines for alleged hazardous waste violations at its Tigard, Ore., research f...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events