In an article published on August 9, 2018, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported that U.S. senators Chris Coons and Susan Collins have reintroduced a bill to promote the development of more sustainable chemicals with regards to environmental and human health impacts.

The bipartisan Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2018 aims to “better coordinate federal activities in sustainable chemistry and encourage industry, academia, nonprofits, and the general public to innovate, develop, and bring to market new sustainable chemicals, materials, products, and processes,” Susan Collins’ press release reads. However, “the bill does not include any regulatory components, nor does it authorize new spending.” Rather, the bill foresees the development of a roadmap for sustainable chemistry to “identify methods by which the Federal agencies can facilitate the development of incentives for consideration and use of sustainable chemistry processes and products, including innovative financing mechanisms.”

The proposed legislation gained support from the business cooperatives GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and American Sustainable Business Council, the chemical companies and organizations American Chemical Society, American Chemistry Council, Ashland, BASF, Chemours, The Dow Chemical Company, and DuPont, the consumer goods companies Procter & Gamble and Beautycounter, and as well as the University of Delaware.

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Chemical Watch (August 9, 2018). “Sustainable chemistry bill reintroduced in U.S. Senate.

U.S. Congress (July 30, 2018). “S.3296 – Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2018.

Susan Collins (July 30, 2018). “Sens. Collins, Coons introduce bipartisan bill to promote innovation in sustainable chemistry.

American Chemistry Council (July 31, 2018). “ACC announces support for Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act.

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