Regulatory Reform

The Problem  |   Take Action   |   The Background

The Problem

Current EPA priorities and policies are harming the growth and health of the U.S. vinyl industry.  As an industry, we work to protect the environment, the safety of our employees, the communities in which we operate, and the customers who benefit from our wide variety of products.  The recent misdirection of EPA’s priorities and the overreach of its policies, however, are affecting the ability of the U. S. vinyl resin industry’s manufacturing to thrive.

Take Action

  • Plan to join us for the 2019 Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-in on May 14-15, 2019: Join exeutives from across the vinyl value chain as we advance our key issues with Congress and the new administration in the White House. 
  • Sign up for Vinyl Advocacy News: The Vinyl Institute provides numerous ways for the vinyl industry to keep up on industry issues and to engage with lawmakers, including: Vinyl Advocacy News, a bi-weekly newsletter offering updates on key issues and legislation that affect the vinyl industry.
  • Host a Plant Tour: Vinyl Industry members are encouraged to invite their state and federal lawmakers for plant tours of the facilities in a Congressional member’s district. The Vinyl Institute has created a Plant Tour Guide that provides all the information and steps needed to implement a successful plant tour. 

The Background

PVC MACT - The PVC MACT rule has been under Agency reconsideration for over 4 years.  During court proceedings, EPA repeatedly committed to completing the rule by April 2016 with a final rule by December 2016.  That did not occur.  In the December 2016 Court update, EPA would not commit to a completion date.  The continued uncertainty of this pending rule restricts future growth and expansion for domestic PVC producers.  This will become a lost export opportunity for the US producers and its employees.

EPP - EPA’s June 30, 2016, Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan the Agency indicated that EPP was not a priority.  The new policy and the six employees devoted to EPP is a direct contradiction.