ACC Responds to EPA Ozone Ruling

Mar 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Chemistry Council

    ARLINGTON, Va., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
 Chemistry Council (ACC) supports a National Ambient Air Quality Standard
 for ozone that is protective of public health and based on sound scientific
 information. ACC believes that the existing 1997 ozone standard meets that
 test even as the level of ozone and other criteria pollutant emissions
 continue to drop. The available science is largely unchanged since the 1997
 standard was issued and demonstrates that there is no clear and substantial
 basis for making the standard stricter at this time. This decision by the
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the ozone standard
 unnecessarily will impose significant new burdens on states and others even
 as they continue to try and comply with the 1997 standard.
 
 
 
     "ACC member companies will continue to work towards improving air
 quality. Tremendous progress has already been made and EPA recently
 highlighted in its annual air quality trends report that the national
 average for ozone levels decreased by 21 percent between 1980 and 2006,"
 said Tom Gibson, Senior Vice President of the American Chemistry Council.
 "ACC member companies understand and value the importance of clean air, and
 support protecting public health and the environment as demonstrated by
 chemical industry's significant and continued progress in reducing
 emissions."
 
 
 
     Since 1988, ACC member companies, under Responsible Care(R), have
 reduced air toxic emissions by 78%, nitrogen oxide by 62%, sulfur dioxide
 by 27%, and volatile organic compounds by 78%. Meanwhile, the EPA states
 that between 1980 and 2006, gross domestic product increased 121 percent,
 vehicle miles traveled increased 101 percent, energy consumption increased
 29 percent, and U.S. population grew by 32 percent. During the same time
 period, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 49
 percent.
 
 
 
     Through the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care Initiative,
 ACC members carefully measure their environmental, health, safety and
 security performance and make this information publicly available at
 http://www.americanchemistry.com/repsonsiblecare.
 
 
 
     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(R), 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.
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE American Chemistry Council
    ARLINGTON, Va., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
 Chemistry Council (ACC) supports a National Ambient Air Quality Standard
 for ozone that is protective of public health and based on sound scientific
 information. ACC believes that the existing 1997 ozone standard meets that
 test even as the level of ozone and other criteria pollutant emissions
 continue to drop. The available science is largely unchanged since the 1997
 standard was issued and demonstrates that there is no clear and substantial
 basis for making the standard stricter at this time. This decision by the
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the ozone standard
 unnecessarily will impose significant new burdens on states and others even
 as they continue to try and comply with the 1997 standard.
 
 
 
     "ACC member companies will continue to work towards improving air
 quality. Tremendous progress has already been made and EPA recently
 highlighted in its annual air quality trends report that the national
 average for ozone levels decreased by 21 percent between 1980 and 2006,"
 said Tom Gibson, Senior Vice President of the American Chemistry Council.
 "ACC member companies understand and value the importance of clean air, and
 support protecting public health and the environment as demonstrated by
 chemical industry's significant and continued progress in reducing
 emissions."
 
 
 
     Since 1988, ACC member companies, under Responsible Care(R), have
 reduced air toxic emissions by 78%, nitrogen oxide by 62%, sulfur dioxide
 by 27%, and volatile organic compounds by 78%. Meanwhile, the EPA states
 that between 1980 and 2006, gross domestic product increased 121 percent,
 vehicle miles traveled increased 101 percent, energy consumption increased
 29 percent, and U.S. population grew by 32 percent. During the same time
 period, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 49
 percent.
 
 
 
     Through the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care Initiative,
 ACC members carefully measure their environmental, health, safety and
 security performance and make this information publicly available at
 http://www.americanchemistry.com/repsonsiblecare.
 
 
 
     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(R), 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.
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE American Chemistry Council