Projects from Royal Dutch Shell, PTT Global and other companies are creating new, good-paying jobs in parts of Ohio and elsewhere whose economies have struggled since steel's decline, writes Erin Mundahl.
Akzo Nobel recently held a chemistry competition where 10 winning startups were picked to get support for commercializing their breakthroughs. Three US companies have received joint development agreements from Akzo Nobel.
Two lawsuits challenging 2008 federal ozone standards will be addressed by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Sept. 14. Three yet-to-be-named judges will hear arguments for the suits, which have been consolidated.
The Environmental Protection Agency met its Thursday deadline and introduced three framework rules for chemical prioritization, risk evaluation and inventory reset under Toxic Substances Control Act reform. "It is our expectation that under these rules, EPA will not simply meet the minimal requirements of the law, but instead establish the framework for a modern chemical management system capable of meeting 21st-century demands," said the American Chemistry Council.
Braskem said Thursday that it will build a $675 million polypropylene plant with an annual output of almost 500,000 tons in La Porte, Texas. The company left open the possibility of a similar site in Marcus Hook, Pa.
The Marcellus Shale's high-quality natural gas includes areas north of Pittsburgh not yet fully explored, said Gregory Muse, chief operating officer of PennEnergy Resources. "It's obviously unreachable by current technology, but in the area just north of Pittsburgh, back in the rural areas where we're operating, you can have very solid well results," he said.
Reforming the Food and Drug Administration and reining in burdensome regulations for antibacterial soap ingredients should be a top priority for Commissioner Scott Gottleib, writes former Watchdog.org Editor Johnny Kampis. "Gottleib has the opportunity to reverse course at the FDA and roll back rules that threaten to harm not only the regulated industries but also public health," he writes.
The American Cleaning Institute is "fully committed to reducing accidental access to these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day," said ACI. Responding to a Consumer Reports report on laundry packet risks to children and seniors with dementia, ACI added that it has compiled a list of safety tips for caregivers that includes locking up cleaning products.
The American Cleaning Institute and its member companies are improving sustainability throughout cleaning industry supply chains, according to ACI's fourth Sustainability Report. "Now more than ever, we call upon the industry to consider bold collective actions that can drive momentum toward sustainable development," said President and CEO Melissa Hockstad. "ACI and its members are building upon a legacy of leadership by evolving our sustainability strategy to reflect the critical issues identified through the first-ever materiality assessment for the industry," she said.
American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley has called for the International Agency for Research on Cancer to withdraw its glyphosate monograph. ACC wants to know "whether IARC officials knowingly withheld data that proved a lack of association between glyphosate and cancer, and other monographs should be evaluated to determine whether similar manipulation has taken place," Dooley said.