Wednesday, November 25, 2009
ACS and IST
There is an interesting article over at C&EN at Pubs.ACS.org about inherently safer technology. C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. The editorial outlines the ACS position on the ICS provisions of HR 2868. ACS was another organization that openly proclaimed that they were working with Congress on HR 2868 to make it more acceptable to the chemical industry, a stance that many in the industry complained about according to the article. While the editorial is worth reading in it’s own light, the real reason that I point it out here is that how I found the article is more interesting still. I found the link to the piece on the Joe’s Blog page of the SOCMA web site. There is probably no bigger contrast in the public opposition to IST in the industry than between the approaches of SOCMA and ACS, yet the link is there. If we can get the discussion going within the industry, then maybe we can get an IST provision in the final bill that the industry can support, or at least not actively oppose. Then we can move on to helping DHS and EPA write good regulations implementing the legislation. BTW: Thanks Joe (and Bill) for updating the link to my blog on your page. It means a great deal to me.