Sealed Air has purchased Portland, Ore.-based Intellibot Robotics, which sells robots that clean commercial spaces with large floor plans. Sealed Air already sells industrial cleaning products and TASKI floor-cleaning machines.
Oregon should maintain the programs that promote wind energy development, writes Gilliam County, Ore., Judge Steve Shaffer. Wind projects bring jobs, diversify the energy mix, contribute to the local tax revenue and provide opportunities for local businesses, Shaffer states. "Wind energy is generating a brighter future for our communities," he notes.
Portland General Electric struck a deal to buy portions of two wind projects in Gilliam County, Ore., from Iberdrola Renewables if those projects meet the criteria for preferred suppliers in the utility's ongoing request for proposals. If Iberdrola's bid is accepted, PGE will buy a portion of the Leaning Juniper wind project and the proposed Montague wind farm, said spokesman Steve Corson.
Zeachem has started construction on a demonstration plant in Boardman, Ore., that will produce cellulosic ethanol and ethyl acetate from Northwest poplar trees. The company has secured a $25 million federal grant and $34 million in private funding to help build the 250,000-gallon-per-year plant.
The Oregon Senate environment panel voted, 3-2, in favor of a bill that would ban bisphenol A from baby bottles and sippy cups, beginning in July 2011. A provision that would have extended the ban to the plastic liner inside infant formula containers was struck down. Business groups opposed the BPA ban on plastic liner, citing a lack of adequate substitutes and the confusion that could ensue about which children's foods are affected.