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Business Leaders Praise Sustainable Chemistry Legislation Introduced by Senator Coons

For Immediate Release: 
September 19, 2014
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Bob Keener
ASBC
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WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2014)—The American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund (ASBCAF), which represents more than 200,000 businesses from across the country, today praised  the introduction of the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2014 (S. 2879) by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and co-sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

The American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund’s CEO David Levine said, “We support the Sustainable Chemistry Research & Development Act of 2014 because it will drive innovation, accelerate R&D of safer chemicals and processes, and create jobs. We will work to ensure that this legislation will be the strongest possible in order to advance the aims of green chemistry and reduce hazards from chemicals in the marketplace, all of which will provide needed opportunities for business and our economy.  We appreciate the leadership shown by Senator Coons and the co-sponsors for introducing this legislation.”

The bill establishes a program that provides ongoing support for sustainable chemistry research, development, demonstration, technology transfer, commercialization, education, and training.

ASBCAF believes that moving away from toxic substances toward safer and cleaner chemicals and products will drive innovation and job creation while also making workplaces and communities safer. With incentives for research and development we can establish a fertile landscape for green and renewable chemistry to create new and exciting alternatives to toxic chemicals.

ASBCAF is organizing a coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, which advocates for strong reforms that support the industry innovating safer and cleaner products. The coalition, co-led by Seventh Generation, includes Patagonia, Stonyfield Farm, Aubrey Organics, Method, Naturepedic, Badger, Annie’s, EILEEN FISHER, Zarbee’s Naturals, Keys, Think Dirty, Beautycounter and others. More information may be found here: http://asbcouncil.org/action-center/campaigns/companies-safer-chemicals.

The American Sustainable Business Council represents member organizations that span more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council www.asbcouncil.org informs policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. .