MCC News
11/18/15 - Michigan Chemistry Council Commends Rep. Upton’s Leadership on Federal Microbeads Legislation

The Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) thanked Rep. Fred Upton (R- St. Joseph) for his leadership on the “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015” (HR 1321). This legislation would create a uniform federal standard for the phase out of solid plastic microbeads in exfoliating personal care products.

“We are glad to see that Congress is working to address this issue in a way that provides nationwide consistency to manufacturers as they continue to phase out the use of plastic microbeads,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes. “We share Chairman Upton’s appreciation for our Great Lakes, and look forward to working to advance this legislation that builds upon the current voluntary efforts by industry.”

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is Michigan’s third-largest manufacturing sector, supporting nearly 120,000 Michigan jobs and generating $127 million in state and local taxes.

 
11/3/15 - MCC Offers Testimony on Drone Protections

Testimony of the Michigan Chemistry Council before the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

 Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

My name is John Dulmes, and I’m the executive director of the Michigan Chemistry Council. On behalf of my members, thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on the issue of drone security and the chemical industry.

Chemistry is our state’s third-largest manufacturing sector, and our companies support nearly 120,000 Michigan jobs and generate $127 million in state and local taxes. 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry, making our industry essential to every facet of Michigan’s economy.

Like many other industries, we are excited about the many beneficial applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. These possibilities include:

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10/21/15 - Michigan Legislature Recognizes October 18th – 24th as National Chemistry Week

The Michigan Senate today adopted SR 108, a resolution to officially commemorate October 18-24, 2015 as National Chemistry Week. The resolution, introduced by Senator Jim Stamas of Midland, recognizes the American Chemical Society’s annual celebration of chemistry in everyday life.

National Chemistry Week (NCW) brings together chemistry enthusiasts in education, business, and society, with a particular focus on outreach to the next generation of chemists. Michigan’s local sections of the ACS are marking National Chemistry Week with a number of different events across the state. The 2015 NCW theme is “Chemistry Colors Our World,” focusing on the chemistry of food colors and fireworks, rainbows, natural dyes and pigments, and more. 

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