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ACC joins EPA's Sector Strategies Program.

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With over 130 members, American Chemistry Council adds both commodity and specialty chemicals to EPA's portfolio. Through Sector Strategies Program, EPA collaborates with businesses, government agencies, and non-government organizations to find ways to minimize environmental impact of major US manufacturing and service sectors. There are 13 participating sectors in program, representing over 1 million facilities and locations.



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ACC Joins EPA's Sector Strategies Program



ARLINGTON, Va., April 17: The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Sector Strategies Program. The ACC, with over 130 members, representing more than 85% of U.S. chemical production by volume, adds both commodity and specialty chemicals to EPA's portfolio. ACC is pleased to work with the EPA in this progressive program as a primary contact for the industry.

Through the Sectors Strategies Program, EPA collaborates with businesses, government agencies, and non-government organizations to find innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of major U.S. manufacturing and service sectors.

"With Earth Day approaching, I can't think of a better time for ACC to join the EPA with an eye on improving our environment," ACC President & CEO Jack Gerard stated. "Through ACC's mandatory Responsible Care® initiative our industry surpassed the long range emission reduction targets of the Kyoto Protocol. What some found contentious, our industry saw as a welcome challenge and one we were willing to voluntarily take on. Working with the EPA in this outstanding program marks the next major advance in our continued efforts to improve and safeguard the environment."

There are 13 participating sectors in EPA's Sector Strategies program, representing over 1 million facilities and locations. The chemistry industry is an essential contributor to the U.S. economy, with an annual economic impact of $635 billion. Through ACC's Responsible Care® initiative adopted in 1988, ACC member companies took voluntary, aggressive action to curb the environmental impact of the chemistry industry. Chemistry has since succeeded in reducing total emissions by 10%, reducing the industry's greenhouse gas intensity by over 30% and toxic release inventory emissions by over 75%.

For more information on the Sector Strategies Program, go to: http://epa.gov/sectors/program.html

For more information on American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, go to: http://www.responsiblecare-us.com/

http://www.americanchemistry.com/newsroom

The American Chemistry Council (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. ACC 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 $635 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten 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.

CONTACT: Tiffany Harrington American Chemistry Council,
+1-703-741-5583, tiffany_harrington@americanchemistry.com
Web site: http://www.americanchemistry.com/

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