26 March 2007 01:21 [Source: ICIS news]
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Charles Drevna, executive vice president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), told a press conference that a range of US federal policies and regulatory programmes is putting mounting pressure on domestic chemicals manufacturers.
“If left unchecked and present policies stay in place, the likelihood that they could drive the
Speaking at the association’s 32nd annual petrochemicals conference, Drevna said that conflicting federal policies are making it increasingly difficult for US chemicals producers to remain competitive in the global marketplace.
He cited in particular federal environmental rules that encourage use of natural gas for electricity generation while Congress bars access to largely untapped domestic reserves of oil and gas. The
Drevna also drew attention to developing legislation in Congress that would impose emissions limitations on the
"When those manufacturing segments move offshore, manufacturing jobs go with them," he said.
Drevna said his association will have to work harder to educate Congress and other policymakers on what he termed the vital role of chemicals in the
The petrochemicals conference runs through Tuesday.
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