July 27, 2023

For Immediate Release  

Harrisburg, Pa. –  “The Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council commends the Environmental Hearing Board for dismissing a legal attempt to call into question Pennsylvania’s advanced recycling legislation that was signed into law by former Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in 2020. 

Plastics are critical to every aspect of modern life, from health care products, medical equipment, clothing, and food packaging, to energy efficiency products, renewable energy, battery storage, microchips, and electric vehicles. Our members invest hundreds of millions of dollars to advance new technologies and real solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle more. 

Reducing plastic waste while manufacturing the products consumers rely on every day will take collaboration and innovative solutions. Economic growth and sustainability can work hand-in-hand. However, continued litigation brought forward by groups like the Clean Air Council will not lead us to real environmental progress. 

We are encouraged that Pennsylvania’s bipartisan advanced recycling legislation that was signed into law has now been affirmed by the Environmental Hearing Board.” 

For Background

Pennsylvania is one of 24 states nationwide to appropriately regulate advanced recycling technologies as manufacturers and not waste facilities. This important distinction provides regulatory certainty to attract new economic investment such as Encina’s proposed $1.1 billion facility while ensuring full compliance with PA DEP and EPA permitting requirements.   


Steve Kratz, President, PCIC

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