Regulatory issues discussed at the Spring Meeting last week
Friday, May 9, 2014
||May 9, 2014
EPA is finalizing their regulations in the coal industry. In the next
move to achieve the administration’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, the
EPA is likely to turn its attention to the petrochemical industry and
possibly to the chemical industry, in general.” This was the forecast
from Mike Walls, the Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs with the American Chemistry Council in his presentation at the PCA Spring Meeting
last week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Mike provided one of the four
excellent presentations on the regulatory climate in our industry
David Constable, Director of the ACS Green
Chemical Initiative, challenged the group to become more innovative with
their chemical processes and engineering. His message was very clear
that sustainability risks are real for the chemical industry and that
for companies to survive in the long term, green chemistry and
engineering will be required.
Ron Buckhalt, USDA
manager, updated us on the Biopreferred program and the changes in the
law that will hopefully allow intermediate chemicals, such as rosin and
TOFA, to be “labeled” as bio-preferred.
Director of the Pine Chemistry Panel at the ACC, noted that it is
critical to be involved in legislation early on, as some laws that
initially appear insignificant can rapidly expand in scope and impact.
There must also be close collaboration among manufacturers in the U.S.
and EU to achieve global uniformity. Proposed advocacy positions include
pushing for a level playing field, promoting harmonization of bio-based
product policies and seeking a holistic approach to biomass utilization
If you missed our Spring Meeting last week,
you missed these excellent presentations that addressed the conference
theme “Pine Chemicals in a Regulatory Environment.” In addition, our
functional committees provided high level updates on issues facing our
industry and the actions they are taking to address them.
At the meeting, a plan was announced for the PCA to start collecting and publishing paper mill yield data on CTO and CST recovery
which will allow mills to benchmark their operations. The actual mill
names will not be listed, but the data will be segregated by region to
make the information meaningful. We hope to start publishing this data
later in the year.
Another initiative announced was the collection of import and export statistics.
In July, the PCA will begin publishing import and export data for pine
chemical products for key producing and consuming countries around the
world. This data, which will be extracted from each country's trade
database, will include Tall Oil and Gum Rosin, Fatty Acids, Resins, CTO,
CST, Gum Turpentine, Pine Oil and Terpene Oils. The data will be
available exclusively to PCA member companies.
Over the last few
years the PCA has evolved in many positive ways. The modernized PCA
logo, demonstrating the new Association image, was presented at the
Business Meeting. Our Association membership is up over 50%, we are
financially strong and our plans for the coming years are to continue to
add new initiatives and programs to benefit our members and the
industry. We hope to see you at the International Conference in Seattle on September 21-23, 2014.
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