MCC News
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:

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. 

10/9/15 - Michigan Chemistry Council Calls for Congressional Action to Keep Critical Rail Shipments Moving

The Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) today urged Congressional action to keep critical rail shipments moving, and thanked U.S. Representatives Fred Upton, Candice Miller, Bill Huizenga, and Dan Benishek for sponsoring legislation to address this important issue.

“Freight rail service is essential for the safe transportation of many products vital to our everyday lives, including chlorine disinfectants that keep our water clean, fertilizers that help our farmers feed the world, and basic feedstocks for a wide range of manufactured goods,” said John Dulmes, MCC Executive Director. “Our members and their employees rely heavily upon freight rail to get their jobs done every day. Any disruption in this service will have cascading economic effects across Michigan and our nation.” 

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