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

One51 adding injection molder Straight to its bin molding portfolio

July 29, 2014 10:12 am ET

Dublin-based One51 plc has had its purchase of British trash bin maker Straight plc cleared by the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority.    More

Image

Formosa to be compensated for Vietnam riot

July 28, 2014 1:44 pm ET

Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group will receive $2.39 million from the Vietnamese government and insurance companies for damages suffered during the...    More

Image

Australian trade group battles non-compliant PVC pipe fittings

July 28, 2014 2:19 pm ET

An Australian plastics industry association is battling against imported, non-conforming PVC pipe fittings, but is stymied by a convoluted web of...    More

Investigation continuing into injury at Windsor mold maker

July 25, 2014 12:57 pm ET

Canadian authorities are investigating an incident in which a worker's foot got caught in a machine at Crest Mold Technology Inc. in Oldcastle,...    More

Image

Bioplastics maker wins government funding

July 25, 2014 12:13 pm ET

Canadian bioplastics maker Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has won $1.6 million in funding from the government-sponsored Western Innovation Initiative (WINN...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recyclers Data Report & Directory

This exclusive MS Excel database contains all the companies from Plastics News' ranking of top North American Recyclers and Brokers by reprocessed volume and also includes a directory with materials processes, services offered and company contact information. Data is based on primary research by PN editorial staff.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

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

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

More Events