Association of Chemical Industry of Texas
Who is ACIT?The Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) was founded in 1983 and is a strong voice for the chemical industry and a leading advocate for preserving the chemical industry’s economic vitality.
ACIT Mission Statement: To enhance the economic health of the Texas chemical industry and its related businesses.
ACIT represents both large and small businesses ranging from chemical manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and a variety of service companies that are vital to the Texas chemical industry.
ACIT members provide a support system crucial to maintaining a strong economy for the chemical industry in Texas.
ACIT Application Procedure
All applicants for ACIT membership must complete the Membership Application and submit it with annual dues payment based on the dues schedule.
To join ACIT click here.
EPA Proposed Ozone Standard is Costly & Absurd
By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas.
There are currently 18 Texas counties in non-attainment that are above the 75 ppb standard. These counties have seen costly regulatory requirements that impact our everyday lives, including speed limit reductions, restrictions on outdoor barbeque pits, restricted use of lawn-care equipment, and restrictions on recreational watercraft and other off-road vehicles. Under a lower ozone standard of even 70 ppb, every major city in Texas would be in non-attainment. This classification would significantly limit new sources of emissions in the affected region, essentially hitting the pause button on our economy.
Consider for a moment a new report that highlights the sheer absurdity of what EPA is proposing. An investigation by the American Action Forum found that at least one hundred national and state parks would not meet a lower EPA ozone standard. Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park and Cape Cod National Seashore all have ozone readings between 71 and 87 ppb. Even an air monitor in the Wyoming portion of Yellowstone National Park yielded an ozone reading of 63 ppb. If carefully preserved national parks – with no industry and very few vehicles – can’t manage to meet EPA’s new ozone standard, what hope does a community have for any economic growth?
Cities, towns and rural areas across the United States would see reduced economic growth as unachievable permitting requirements prevent businesses from expanding or considering new operations. Local and state governments would have to impose costly new vehicle inspection programs that include an annual tailpipe emission test. Manufacturers would need to make technical and formula changes to their products and pay for replacement equipment.
The danger that Texas faces only underscores what is becoming more and more clear: that the EPA is not only setting U.S. environmental policy, but the agency is in fact impacting American economic policy.
By issuing standards that are impossible to meet and that have no measurable impact to human health and air quality, the EPA is over-reaching and jeopardizing our nation’s economic recovery.
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Texas Legislature Studying Water Desalination
By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas
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