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Energy policy spans sectors from resource extraction, generation and distribution, and research & development of energy production and storage. In recent years, policy discussions have become even more complex as innovation and economic trends have introduced new variables. For example: enhanced oil and gas recovery methods; renewables such as solar, wind, and biofuels; readiness of continent-wide grids to handle centralized versus local production and storage; cybersecurity of distribution; public opinions on carbon and nuclear.
This panel will discuss their thoughts on how energy policy may be considered starting in 2017 given the new Administration and Congressional session, followed by Q&A with the audience. Lunch served on location; livestream information below.
Moderator & Panel
Michael K. Dorsey, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Sasha Mackler, Enviva
Kristin Omberg, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
EPA is announcing that the application period for the 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards is now open, and applications are due to the Agency by December 16, 2016. 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards Program. The Awards will recognize the leadership contributions of our partners and stakeholders in advancing chemical safety and pollution prevention by making safer chemicals and safer products available to consumers and purchasers.
"This has been a momentous year for chemical safety in America with the passage of the ’Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act',” said EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones. “In addition, we have also seen a large up-tick in consumer awareness and demand for products that carry the Safer Choice label. We have 120 new products with the Safer Choice label as well as 100 additional safer ingredients bringing the number on our Safer Chemicals Ingredients List to over 820 chemicals. We look forward to the next group of award winners, innovators who have designed, contributed to, and promoted the use of Safer Choice-labeled products."
Those interested in applying may choose to submit under one or more of the following categories: product manufacturers; purchasers and distributors; retailers; supporters; and innovators. Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony in late spring of 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Find information on the 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards and application process.
If you have not read the October 10, 2016 issue of C&EN, you should at least go to page 35 and read the comment by Laura Pence, former CEI Chair and current District I Director, on safety. Here's a direct link to the comment for ACS members: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i40/Safety-always-season.html
I'm hoping that we can get this important article out from behind the C&EN paywall, but in the meantime I would like to urge all ACS members to log in to read it. There's a lot of talk about making safety a core value of ACS. I, for one, argue that it already is. There is no argument, however, about the importance of safety, and this is a timely reminder of that simple fact.
The Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) continues to focus its attention on increasing ACS leadership related to sustainability in the chemistry enterprise. Just as advancing sustainability requires collaboration, CEI does much of its best work through establishing partnerships with a wide array of ACS units. The committee has been reorganized to build a structure around our strategic plan – everything is designed to provide focus and action and the tactics necessary to achieve our strategic vision.
In keeping with our committee charge, CEI supports and encourages programming around the theme of sustainability by local sections and at regional meetings. We often carry out this mission by making grants to other ACS units. CEI awarded Local Section Sustainability Grants to four local sections. We are pleased to support the Eastern New York, Northeastern, Greater Houston, and Lehigh Valley local sections to deliver programming on sustainability and sustainable chemistry, and would like to thank them for their leadership in this area.
We hope you were able to join us at the ChemLuminary Awards last night. If you were, you know that the Committee had an exceedingly difficult decision to make among the finalists for the ChemLuminary Award for Sustainability. In the end, the committee decided to give out two awards this year, to the Midland and Dallas-Fort Worth local sections. Thank you for making our job so difficult.
CEI is committed to partnerships – both the development of new bridges and the strengthening of established ties. We have partnered with a number of different technical divisions, including ENVR, AGRO, AGFD, I&EC, CHED, and CHAS, as well as Corporation Associates, the Committee on Science, and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. We encourage other divisions, committees, and units of the Society who are interested in projects focused on sustainability or public policy to reach out to CEI to establish future partnerships.
In the policy area, CEI continues to review existing ACS policy statements to keep them fresh and relevant and to explore emerging areas of interest where the society can contribute the expertise of its members. At this time, we can think of no more important focus for our efforts to achieve a sustainable chemical enterprise than the effective implementation of an amended Toxic Substances Control Act. Let’s take this opportunity to change our practice of chemistry for the better.
During this meeting, CEI co-sponsored two days’ worth of programing highlighted by “The Debate: What Role Should We Play in the Biotechnology Era?” This session was designed to explore whether or not ACS should develop a policy statement in this area and, if so, what it might say.
CEI appreciates our partners at the Committees on Chemistry and Public Affairs, Corporation Associates, and Science, who continue to work cooperatively to provide the best possible policy recommendations to the ACS Board.
After years of negotiations, a bipartisan majority of Congress last night passed legislation to reform U.S. chemical regulatory laws. The American Chemical Society (ACS) joins a broad coalition of industry and environmental groups in congratulating Congress on this important achievement. The new legislation represents the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it became law 40 years ago.
The original law is widely regarded as ineffective by environmental and consumer health organizations, as well as industry. The new legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize chemicals for study, empowers the agency to act to protect consumers and enables industry to foster chemical science innovation well into the 21st century.
“Chemical regulatory reform is a long-standing priority of the American Chemical Society,” says ACS Executive Director and CEO Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D. “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act represents years of careful negotiation, and the Society applauds congressional members and staff for their hard work in bringing this important agreement to fruition. We look forward to working with Congress and EPA on implementation.”