American Chemistry Council
The ACC is an industry trade association for American chemical companies. It was founded as the Manufacturing Chemists' Association (1872-1977), then known as the Chemical Manufacturers' Association (1978-2000).
Plastics: The ACC is lobbying to influence USA trade negotiations with Kenya, pressing for Kenya to abandon its plastic bag ban, and to continue imports of foreign plastic garbage. In 2019, the USA exported 1+bn pounds of plastic waste to 96 countries including Kenya, ostensibly to be recycled - but instead it ends up in rivers and oceans. The AAC sees Kenya as the entry-point into Africa for USA-made chemicals and plastics. The Fossil Fuel Industry is worried that Climate Change will force the world to stop burning fossil fuels.
Between 1998-2005, the AAC hired 19 firms to lobby the Federal Govt on its behalf. In 2003, it had 15 firms on retainer. It has employed 146 lobbyists itself or through firms (62 during 2003), 36 of whom formerly worked for Congress or the Federal govt.
Divisions and Panels
- Plastics Division. Runs the PlasticsMythBuster and the Plastic Packaging Facts websites, both owned by the ACC.
- Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (global),
- Energy Efficient Foam Coalition,
- Flexible Film Recycling Group,
- Foam Sheathing Committee,
- Plastics-to-Fuel and Petrochemistry Alliance,
- Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group. Runs the Plastic Foodservice Packaging Facts website, owned by the ACC.
- Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group (global). Runs the Bisphenol-A and Facts About BPA websites, both owned by the ACC.
- Chlorine Chemistry Division (USA)
- Chemical Products and Technology Division
- North American Flame Retardant Alliance, https://www.flameretardantfacts.com/ (site owned by the ACC)
- High Phthalates Panel,
- FluoroCouncil is a global organisation, founded in 2011. Members are companies that manufacture, formulate or process fluoropolymer products, fluorotelomer-based products, fluoro-surfactants, and fluoro-surface property modification agents.
Members: Archroma Management LLC, Arkema France, AGC Inc, Chemours Company, Daikin Industries Ltd, Solvay Specialty Polymers.
Associate Members: Dynax Corporation, Tyco Fire Products LP
Toxic Teflon: All six members are named parties to a class action lawsuit nicknamed the "Toxic Teflon" case, being brought on behalf of every person in the USA who has been exposed to PFAS chemicals.ref, ref
- Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic. Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash. Hiroko Tabuchi, Michael Corkery, Carlos Mureithi, The New York Times, Aug.30.2020.
- American Chemistry Council. LobbyWatch, The Center for Public Integrity. Original archived on May.05.2005.