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Have something you would like to share with members of Congress about the plastics industry? Well, you should look into this year's Plastics Industry Fly-In, which will take place July 22-23 in Washington, DC.

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Registration open for Plastics Industry Fly-In to Washington, DC

Have something you would like to share with members of Congress about the plastics industry? Well, you should look into this year's Plastics Industry Fly-In, which will take place July 22-23 in Washington, DC.

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The Fly-In with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH8) gave SPI CEO Bill Carteaux a chance to present plastics industry issues. Image courtesy of SPI. 

Members from nine plastics industry trade associations will take part in an opportunity to provide members of Congress and administration officials with background and real-world scenarios that illustrate the pressing issues that impact the plastics industry. The Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) called last year's event a "major success with nearly 100 meetings with federal lawmakers."

Here were some of the issues discussed last year, according to SPI:

Energy policy - The plastics industry is particularly dependent upon domestic energy development and efficiency. Energy recovery must also be an increasing priority within an overall sustainability framework.

Green building standards - SPI says the industry has major concerns over the U.S. government's adoption of the USGBC's LEED standards, and that they advocate for using a range of plastics materials to meet critical building performance goals.

Economic policy - For lasting growth, the nation's businesses need economic policy that brings certainty, free of budgetary brinksmanship, to stimulate confidence, investment and job creation.

Chemical regulation - SPI supports the modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) using a risk-based approach to chemical regulation, and the bipartisan Senate TSCA bill S.1009.

Science-based decision making - Federal agencies such as EPA, OSHA, and FDA hold enormous power over the plastics industry now and for the future. Regulations must be based on sound science.

"Fly-Ins are an opportunity for the 900,000 American plastics industry employees to share their stories about what it
is really like to work in the plastics industry," said Jon Kurrle, executive VP of advocacy
 for SPI. "Lawmakers need to hear the impact that legislation is having on their constituents in the businesses in their states and districts. Your stories can help shape the legislation for which we advocate."

Registration is now open. SPI says it will prepare all the resources you need to successfully advocate for your company and industry. The association will also conduct a preparatory webinar on July 16 to review the plan for this year's Fly-In. For more information, head over to the SPI website

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