Wed May 17, 2017

Ashley Stoney
Tel: 202-974-5210 |

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) applauds the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passage today of S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), a bipartisan measure proposed by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

The plastics industry welcomes well-thought regulations, and agree they are absolutely necessary when those regulations meet their intended goals. However, regulations should be written in a fair and open process with clear statutory authority and, further, benefit the people for whom they are intending to protect. Manufacturers face overwhelming costs associated with the need to comply with government regulations. The plastics industry is no exception.

The RAA will provide:

  • Greater transparency in the regulatory process by starting public outreach sooner on rules with the greatest financial impact, as well as a more substantial process for rules with the greatest impacts.
  • Assurances that agencies use the “best reasonably available” scientific data.
  • A cost benefit analysis and reviews of older rules to ensure outdated and ineffective rules are removed from the books.

The Regulatory Accountability Act codifies many longstanding practices, thus providing the certainty all businesses need to plan for future growth and opportunity. PLASTICS looks forward to supporting full consideration of the RAA in the Senate and future action in the House on this important matter.


About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.