Prentiss said that he expects EPA to be
challenged on its policy and practices by
the Republican-controlled House.
Another area of concern for industry is
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
With local governments bleeding money,
they seek to shift the costs of final product
and packaging disposal and recycling to
manufacturers—something that NGOs
have sought for years. ACI is concerned
that these programs would cost product
manufacturers billions of dollars and that
manufacturers could be forced to support
more costly systems than the ones currently in place. Once such bill is already
moving forward in Vermont (H696). Supported by the beverage industry, it would
repeal container deposit law in exchange
for imposing EPR on all consumer package goods.
Meanwhile, in Maine, the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) is
charged with producing a report on products to be considered for EPR treatment.
Although ACI products are not addressed,
the Institute monitors Maine via a multi-industry coalition.
Elsewhere, Rhode Island has passed a
ACI Sustainability Committee chair Bob Lindenschmidt, Procter & Gamble
so-called“framework”that is said to be similar to Maine. Minnesota and Washington
had framework legislation introduced in
2010 and ACI expects the legislation to be
reintroduced. Finally, while California EPR
framework proposal was defeated, targeted
bills remained active in 2010.
A Definition of Sustainability
P&G’s Bob Lindenschmidt, of ACI’s sus-
tainability committee, opened his remarks
with ACI’s definition of sustainability:
“The ability to improve the quality of
life for this and future generations, by cre-
ating products that promote hygiene and
cleanliness, are environmentally sound, and
are economically successful.”
ACI’s sustainability efforts are focused
on three areas:
• Enhancing the perception of the in-
dustry and its products with the publication
of a sustainability report, which was ex-
pected to be released by the end of the first
Even as industry has moved to become
more transparent, NGOs and government
agencies are working to expose U.S. cor-
Shell Chemical’s Robert Chouffot Elected Chair of ACI Board
ROBERT CHOUFFOT, general manager, higher olefins & derivatives at Shell Chemical LP, is the new chair of the American Clean- ing Institute (ACI) board of directors. The new vice chair is Catherine Ehrenberger, vice president-R&D, quality and regulatory,
Amway. Thomas O’Brien, general manager, organics, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH, is the new treasurer.
Three new members were appointed to one-year terms to fill vacancies on the board: Nancy Vincent, business director, Care Surfactants & Alcohols, North America, BASF Corp (Vincent previously was the board member from Cognis Corp., which was recently acquired by BASF); Richard Conti, chief operating officer North America Markets, SC Johnson and Craig Slavtcheff, senior vice president,
R&D, quality, regulatory, The Sun Products Corporation. Other board members elected for 2011 include: Steve Tanner, president and chief
executive officer, Arylessence, Inc.; Steven Cugine, executive vice president, global new product innovation, Church & Dwight Company,
Inc.; Larry Peiros, executive vice president and chief operating officer, North
America, The Clorox Company; Noel Wallace, president, Colgate U.S. and
global sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company; Kevin F. Gallagher, president, Croda Inc; James L. Jackson, president, DeSoto L.L.C.; Eunice Heath,
general manager, Dow Fabric & Personal Care, The Dow Chemical Company;
Dr. Larry Berger, senior vice president and chief technical officer, Ecolab Inc.;
Reinhold Brand, president, Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation; Greg Tipsord,
senior vice president & general manager, laundry care business unit, Henkel
Consumer Goods Inc.; Anders Lund, marketing director, Novozymes; Paul
J. Ferrall, Jr., president, PQ Americas, PQ Corporation; Jorge Mesquita,
group president-global fabric care, P&G and Tom O’Brien, general manager, organics, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants.