The road of chemical legislation reform in the Uni

2022-06-23
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On May 11, Lawrence Sloan, chairman and President of the American Association of chemical manufacturers and participants, said when attending the special chemicals exhibition in Houston that the US Gulf of Mexico oil spill had put the US Congress in a difficult position and made it impossible to realize the US chemical reform in 2010 through negotiations

Sloan believes that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster can be called the Chernobyl incident of the oil industry. Although BP has been trying all kinds of ways to solve the problem since the occurrence of this catastrophic accident, it has achieved little so far by producing a new mechanical toughness polymer that can solve the existing problems. Due to the depth of the accident well, the technical scheme that was successfully used in the shallow well is not applicable. A large amount of oil is still leaking out from the deep sea every day, which has caused incalculable harm to the marine ecological environment

US President Barack Obama announced at the end of March that he would expand the development of offshore oil and gas fields to ensure us energy security in the near future. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has cast a shadow over the future of this policy. After the incident, the US Secretary of the interior announced on May 6 that it would suspend the issuance of new seabed drilling licenses. This event will also have a great impact on the chemical industry. Sloan said that the current situation undoubtedly complicates the reform of the chemical facilities counter terrorism standard (cfats) and the toxic substances management act (TSCA)

due to the difficulty of consensus among all parties, the U.S. government has extended the legislation time of cfats from last year to October 2010. Now there is a mechanical resonance. It seems that the time for the promulgation of this regulation may be postponed for another year, because the industry and environmental protection organizations are still arguing about the provisions of intrinsically safer Technology (IST). It was pointed out that ist is a huge burden for the US Department of national security. Aside from this debate, the reason why this regulation is difficult to pass due to the influence of support constraints is that scientists have not reached an agreement on how to accurately define ist

for TSCA reform, Sloan said he hoped that members of Congress could reach an agreement with the industry as soon as possible. The relevant draft recently introduced by the energy and Commerce Committee of the house of Representatives has been denounced as "science blind" by the mainstream media in the United States. Sloane says scientific blindness is everywhere. In its view, some consumer advocacy organizations are typical. They believe that all chemicals, no matter how they are produced, treated and applied, are bad. In fact, toxic chemicals used in highly controlled industrial environments or in very small quantities are generally not harmful to public health

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