H.R. 1430, a bill requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to use "transparent or reproducible" science in its regulations, is scheduled to receive a full vote from the House this week. The bill's name has been changed from the "Secret Science Reform Act" to "Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act."
The Canadian and US governments have released an action plan for reviewing chemicals of mutual concern through 2019. The list includes hexabromocyclododecane, perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate and polychlorinated biphenyls.
The chairmen of two House panels are seeking information on ties between the Ramazzini Institute, based in Italy, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. A separate campaign by the American Chemistry Council-backed Campaign for Accuracy in Public Research is seeking congressional inquiry into the International Agency for the Research of Cancer.
The US manufacturing sector has expanded for six straight months, although finding skilled workers remains a challenge. Pilot Chemical executives noted that the chemical industry provides strong career opportunities and doesn't necessarily require a college degree.
Beaver County, Pa., is the next frontier for US chemical production, according to this analysis. The county could become much like Ascension Parish, La., where Shell has considerable assets and is undergoing a $717 million expansion.
A 200-square-foot house is being displayed in Orlando, Fla., through a collaboration between the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Make It Possible initiative and the TV show "Tiny House Nation." The house can be seen at the Orange County Regional History Center through April 23.
The American Chemistry Council and other industry groups are calling for greater clarity and transparency in the Environmental Protection Agency's risk evaluation process under Toxic Substances Control Act reform. "Just providing a list of EPA guidance documents or [National Academy of Sciences] reports is not only woefully inadequate, it is not sufficiently transparent for stakeholders to understand the actual scientific approach EPA intends to take," ACC said.
The American Chemistry Council and companies such as Procter & Gamble have asked the Environmental Protection Agency for additional time to submit information in imported chemical mixtures. Other suggested policy changes include requiring only one notification to keep a chemical on the active inventory.
The European Commission will reportedly approve proposed mergers between Dow Chemical and DuPont and Syngenta and ChemChina, respectively, as early as next week. In India, the Competition Commission of India says the Dow-DuPont deal may have an "adverse impact on competition."
AkzoNobel's largest stakeholder, Causeway Capital, which owns 6.8% of the company, has expressed support for a proposed merger with PPG Industries. Causeway Capital did call PPG's latest offer "inadequate."