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ACC Statement on Senate Confirmation Hearings of Key Appointments on Obama's Environmental Team

January 15, 2009
American Chemistry Council (ACC) president and CEO, Cal Dooley, issued the following statement on the confirmation hearings by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works of Lisa Jackson as administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Nancy Sutley as chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

“ACC is excited to work with both of these talented leaders, as both bring an extensive amount of knowledge and experience to their respective positions. ACC and its members are keenly interested in the issues addressed by EPA and CEQ, including chemical regulation and climate change. Americans should have confidence in the safety of chemicals used in everyday products and an assurance that a robust regulatory structure protects public health and the environment. One of ACC’s top priorities is to work with the new administration and Congress to assure that the nation’s chemical laws rely on science, and provides EPA with the appropriate tools and power to make necessary regulatory decisions.

“ACC and its member companies look forward to working with Ms. Jackson and Ms. Sutley on chemical regulation and environmental initiatives that reflect the latest advances in science and technology and promote both regulatory and industrial innovation. We look forward to their full Senate confirmation.”
                                               
The ACC represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier, and safer. It is committed to improved environmental, health, and safety performance through Responsible Care, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for 10 cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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