The American Chemistry Council and its members want to keep plastic waste out of oceans through better collection, sorting and recycling, especially in Southeast Asian countries where consumption is increasing, says Steve Russell, ACC vice president of plastics. "Our members are focusing on plastic packaging materials that can be recycled and still deliver greater performance attributes," he adds.
Closed Loop Partners has launched Circulate Capital, an investment fund to finance efforts to curb marine debris in Asia.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will accept public comments on its draft toxicology profile for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances until Aug. 20. The 30-day extension comes in response to requests from the American Chemistry Council and other groups.
The Environmental Protection Agency's work can be less politically charged and protective of the environment while still pursuing a deregulatory agenda, says acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "When [President Donald Trump] called me to be the acting administrator, he said keep cleaning up the air and cleaning up the water and keep deregulating," Wheeler said.
Linde has sold $3.3 billion worth of its gas assets in the Americas to a consortium led by Messer to help secure antitrust clearance for its proposed merger with Praxair. The asset sale also requires regulatory approval.
Bayer CropScience and Dow Chemical are among companies using automation to improve efficiency and safety on the plant floor, writes Mark Sen Gupta of ARC Advisory Group. "Tomorrow's smaller, less experienced workforce must be empowered with new technologies and workflows that can transfer knowledge on demand," he writes.