WASHINGTON—The American Chemistry Council is launching a campaign accusing President Biden's administration of "troubling" regulatory overreach around chemicals and plastics that it says will drive up costs and hurt U.S. global competitiveness.
ACC CEO Chris Jahn and other senior leaders kicked off a "Chemistry Creates, America Competes" campaign at a Sept. 20 Washington press conference, saying it will include traditional lobbying, advertising, press events and grass roots activity.
Jahn, speaking in front of a row of chemical industry employees who served as a visual back drop, declined to say how much ACC will spend or give many details on how the campaign would expand beyond what the group is already doing in government relations.
But he said it would be vigorous and that "we'll do what we need to do to be successful."
"At the heart of the issue is a massive surge in new, unduly restrictive regulations and a lack of coordination within the Biden administration that's hindering the chemical industry's ability to innovate, grow and create products," Jahn said. "It's air, it's water, climate, plastics and more. This jeopardizes our national priorities, our economy and America's ability to compete with countries like China.
"Some of these regulations would unnecessarily ban chemistries or regulate them at such low levels that manufacturing them becomes virtually impossible," he said.