A press release from Congressmen Don Manzullo and Joe Walsh:
Reps. Manzullo, Walsh to Discuss Job-Killing Styrene Regulation
with Woodstock Employer Wednesday
[WOODSTOCK] Congressmen Don Manzullo (R-Egan) and Joe Walsh (R-McHenry) will tour the Woodstock facility of a composite manufacturer Wednesday morning and discuss how 13,000 Illinois jobs are at risk of going overseas because of a faulty government regulation on styrene.
Manzullo, who is leading a national effort to overturn the job-killing regulation, will join Walsh for the 10:30 a.m. tour and discussion at Composites One, 1066 Dieckman Street, Woodstock.
The media is invited to attend and cover the tour and discussion.
Styrene (vinyl benzene) is an organic compound used in manufacturing thousands of strong, flexible, and light-weight products used in the automotive and boating industries, as well as plastics, insulation, highway and bridge construction, food containers, carpet backing, tires, and rubber.
Products made of fiberglass composites include residential tubs and showers, pipes wind turbine blades, pollution control equipment, and ballistic shields that — every day — protect our brave men and women in the Middle East.
In June, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) under the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services classified styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen,” despite studies from Canada and the European Union that determined styrene does not cause cancer.
In Illinois alone, the composites industry contributes 13,000 jobs and $2 billion in economic activity. American manufacturers could move jobs and facilities elsewhere if styrene is improperly feared as a carcinogen.