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MCC Joins Up with Michigan's Science Teachers to Promote Chemistry Opportunities

MCC Executive Director John Dulmes recently participated in the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) 2017 Conference, held March 23rd - 25th in Novi. Over 1,500 educators attended this year's event to learn about new curriculum standards, proven teaching methods, and ways to incorporate real-world learning into their classrooms.

The MCC was featured with an exhibition table at which we showcased Michigan's chemistry products and information about our industry, as well as solicited input about future opportunities for industry-educator interaction. We had a blast talking with these teachers, and we plan to use their feedback to develop our offerings, currently being led by our Education & Workforce Committee.

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Michigan’s Chemical Industry Essential for “Green” Cars

It’s no secret that the U.S. auto industry is riding a major hot streak, with car sales surpassing more than 17 million last year. American automakers are turning out loads of innovative new models that deliver not only performance, style, and comfort - but increasingly, environmental sustainability. This year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) offers plenty of proof that consumers are demanding “green” cars, and that automakers are turning to chemistry for the solutions.

Michigan’s chemical industry has long been a key supplier to Detroit. Chemicals are essential in the production of automotive adhesives, coatings, plastics, composites, batteries, rubbers, fluids, and many other components. In fact, the average vehicle made in the U.S. and Canada already contains over $3,500 in chemistry products. As automakers strive for improved environmental performance, many of Michigan’s chemical companies are stepping up to meet these sustainability challenges.

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2015 Statistical Report on Michigan's Chemical Industry

How large is it, and what is its composition?

How has it changed over time?

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Barnes & Thornburg Alert - June 2015 - EPA Eliminates Another Source of Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction Exemptions from Clean Air Act

EPA finalizes demand for 36 states to remove automatic SSM exemptions from SIPs, no later than Nov. 22, 2016.

Neither EPA nor the states may provide facilities with an affirmative defense for Clean Air Act violations that would alter the jurisdiction of the federal courts to assess civil penalties.

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2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

We have posted updates, presentations, and pictures from our 2015 Annual Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, May 13th at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.

Please click here for the details!