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December 18, 2023

Lynn L. Bergeson, “The EPA is undermining the TSCA’s potential to reduce plastic waste,” Financier Worldwide, January 2024.

Lynn L. Bergeson

No discussion of energy issues would be complete without some mention of the utility of used plastic as a feedstock in the production of fuels, energy and building block chemicals. In spring 2023, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution (Strategy) to identify voluntary actions to prevent plastic waste. Plastics recycling, including both mechanical and ‘advanced’, is core to achieving improved post-use plastics materials management. Given recycling’s criticality, it is disappointing that the Biden administration is not supporting policies that promote responsible plastics recycling. This article explains how the administration’s implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fails to grow advanced recycling.