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9-17-19 Michigan Chemistry Council Applauds Governor Whitmer’s Recycling Leadership

LANSING, MI, September 17th – The Michigan Chemistry Council today applauded Governor Whitmer for signing an executive directive to expand recycling efforts within state government.

“The business of chemistry is committed to a sustainable environment and a circular economy, particularly for valuable plastics materials,” said Michigan Chemistry Council Executive Director John Dulmes. “Our industry has set the ambitious goal that 100% of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled, or recovered by 2040, and is working with many partners to make this a reality.” 

“We appreciate Governor Whitmer’s actions to ensure that state government is doing everything it can to lead the way on improving recycling rates and reducing contamination. Together with the state’s new recycling education campaign, this directive will help protect our environment and boost our economy.”

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is Michigan’s fifth-largest manufacturing sector, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

 
9-9-19 Michigan Chemistry Council Elects Nine Members to Board of Directors

LANSING, MI, September 9, 2019 –

At its annual membership meeting on September 9th, the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) elected nine members to its board of directors, including five members who are joining the MCC board for the first time.

The new members include:

  • Jessica Snyder, Hemlock Site Leader, DuPont
  • Steve Gregory, Michigan EHS&S Leader, Corteva Agriscience
  • Robin Zhang, Midland Site Leader, Trinseo
  • Steve Persyn, Site Leader, SK Saran
  • Mark Craig, Executive Vice President & CFO, Three Rivers Corporation

Those members re-elected to the MCC board include:

  • Greg Pflum, Vice President & General Manager, BASF
  • Mark Kramer, President & CEO, Anderson Development Company
  • Dirk Bloemendaal, Managing Counsel for Government Affairs, Amway
  • Jeffrey Bolin, Sr. Vice President for Technical Operations, Dragun Corporation

The MCC’s Board of Directors is elected on an annual basis by its member companies, with directors representing both MCC’s regular members and its associate members. The Board’s President-elect is Mark Kramer, President & CEO of Anderson Development Company in Adrian.

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is one of Michigan’s largest manufacturing sectors, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

 
3-26-19 - Michigan Must Heed Science When Considering PFAS Standards

LANSING, MI, March 26, 2019 –

The statement below may be attributed to the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a rulemaking to establish PFAS drinking water standards:

“The Michigan Chemistry Council believes that our state must heed sound science when considering new drinking water standards. We encourage a careful review process that accounts for the numerous determinations and their potential ramifications. Today’s announcement leaves many questions unanswered, including which PFAS compounds will be proposed for regulation and on what basis of risk assessment,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes.

“It is important to note that, as the first state to complete a comprehensive drinking water study, Michigan found no detection or minimal levels of PFAS in 97% of systems tested. In other instances, the state has assertively responded to PFAS detections using the standards and advisories already in place. We believe the EPA and other federal agencies are ultimately best-positioned to develop such rules, and have reinforced their commitment to do so. For that reason, we urge the Whitmer administration to ensure that science – not politics – is at the front and center of this proposed process.” 

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is one of Michigan’s largest manufacturing sectors, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

 
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