The issues briefing session gives attendees the chance to hear the latest word
from ACI Committee chairs.
The goal of EPR is to shift costs of final product and packaging
disposition, such as disposal and recycling, from cash-strapped
communities to manufacturers. If such measures are passed, they
could cost consumer product manufacturers billions of dollars and
companies that don’t comply with EPR legislation could see their
products blocked from market on a state-by-state basis. States
said to be considering EPR legislation include Massachusetts (HB
2003 and 2017, and SB 341), New York (AB 6293), Rhode Island
(HB 5888) and Vermont (HB 74 and SB 21 and HB 218).
Finally, in an effort to take the lead on ingredient communication, the industry has expanded its voluntary Consumer Product
Ingredient Communication Initiative. The move came as Rep.
Steve Israel (D-NY) reintroduced ingredient disclosure legislation (HR 3457) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) works on similar
legislation. Meanwhile, New York and California have introduced
similar legislation on the state level. ACI is engaging multiple
stakeholders on these and similar issues, and maintains that such
legislation is detrimental to confidential business information.
As product formulations evolve and dynamic changes in
chemistry get underway, ACI’s research, technology and regulation (RTR) committee is working to keep the Institute’s message
heard, explained Donna Hillebold of Akzo Nobel Chemicals.
Hillebold noted that RTR engaged the California EPA over
Green Chemistry Hazard Trait regulations (which were adopted
in January) and Safer Consumer Product draft regulations. Aside
from extensive written comments, agency meetings and industry/
agency workshops, ACI took leadership positions among industry partners such as the Personal Care Product Council and the
Consumer Specialty Products Association, as well as the Green
Chemistry Alliance, a Sacramento-based industry coalition.
Elsewhere, ACI influenced criteria developed by EPA’s Design for
the Environment (DfE) for use of enzymes in cleaning products
and developed publications supporting the human safety of enzyme products and related manufacturing practices.
ACI also partnered with the Personal Care Products Council
to publish data demonstrating the efficacy and benefits of
antibacterial handwash products, and continues to coordinate
industry efforts to promote the safety and efficacy of triclosan.
For the ACI legal committee, confidential business information (CBI) is the critical issue. According to Beth Hecht of Sun
Products, CBI and trade secrets are under attack from federal and
state lawmakers as well as NGOs. She noted that TSCA amendments would require broader release of CBI; while at the state
level, proposed green chemistry regulations in California threaten to release CBI on the department’s website. To defend itself,
ACI continues to support voluntary programs and more.
Regarding the High Efficiency (HE) certification program, ACI
is pursuing logo registration as a certification mark in connection
with the ASTM sudsing guidelines being developed by the D- 12
subcommittee. Once the HE logo is approved by the workgroup,
ACI will file an application with the US Patent and Trademark
Office for the HE logo and the term“high efficiency.”
The biggest issue within the oleochemical committee is re-
storing equitable access to animal fats for oleochemical produc-
ers. Dale Steichen of AkzoNobel reminded the audience that
Federal biodiesel support policies incentivize diversion of fats
to fuel production at the expense of oleochemical producers.
According to one estimate, 70% of ACI members use or produce
oleochemicals. To remedy the situation, ACI has proposed delet-
ing“animal fats” from the biodiesel credit and apportioning the
use of“animal fats” to assure continued supply for oleochemicals
based on historic use levels.
Ecolab’s Bill Phillips provided an update on ACI’s global advocacy efforts, which are designed to create a favorable business
environment for its members in the US and abroad. According to
Phillips, some NGOs and governments view international forums
as vehicles for driving chemical management beyond current
provisions. He predicted that these forums would increasingly
focus on products containing targeted chemicals rather than the
chemicals themselves, with the result being inhibited product innovation and fewer business transactions. For example, he noted
that OSHA is implementing the Globally Harmonized System
(GHS), TSCA modernization has been influenced by REACH and
the DfE and the California Toxics Information Clearinghouse relied on EU and GHS criteria to classify chemical hazards.
The sustainability committee issued its first sustainability report. According to Bob Lindenschmidt of P&G, the report proved
to be a hit with members and judges as it was named a finalist
in the social responsibility and green/PR marketing categories in
the PR News Nonprofit PR Awards. The committee completed
Phase III of its Sustainability Metrics Project, which involved 22
ACI members ( 13 suppliers and nine formulators), up from 18
participating companies in 2010. The 22 respondents represented
79% of ACI’s dues base, but the committee acknowledged that
work is needed to get more members involved.