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Plastic Legislation in the Congressional Spotlight

John Grant, Director, Government Affairs

The growing focus on plastic continues in Congress with two hearings that were held the week of June 21. The first hearing was in the House Natural Resources Committee where The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act of 2021, among other bills, was discussed. The bill largely focuses on efforts to restore coastal habitats to enhance the ocean’s natural carbon capturing abilities and the impact of climate change on coastal communities.  However, included in the bill is a 5 cent per pound tax on virgin plastic used in single-use plastic to fund the conservation efforts laid out in the legislation. The hearing mostly focused on the portions of the legislation not impacting plastic.

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State Roundup: Staying in the Fight

Shannon Crawford, Director, State Government Affairs

As the states speed towards adjournment or summer recess, there is no lack of activity on the significant bills we have been tracking all session. California is still pushing through a short-sighted labeling bill and Maine and Oregon are the first states to pass what they call extended producer responsibility.

Biden Pivots to Trade; Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on the Radar

Suzanne Morgan, Senior Director, Government Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy

After domestic issues had been the focus during the initial months of the Biden presidency, there was movement on significant trade matters during President Joe Biden’s meetings with the G-7 and European Union (EU) officials in June. A temporary truce was struck between the US and EU on the 17-year Boeing-Airbus aircraft subsidies dispute. As part of the agreement, retaliatory tariffs will be suspended for five years as negotiations over a permanent resolution continue. Among the products on the tariff list are imports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from EU countries.

Federal Regulations: Here’s What’s Coming

Marie Gargas, Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs

Now that EPA and OSHA have proposed their FY 2022 budgets and updated their regulatory agendas, it’s time to revisit our outlook on environmental, worker health and safety, and product regulatory priorities under the Biden administration.

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