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3/22/2019

The American Chemistry Council's formaldehyde arm "fully supports a risk review of the uses of formaldehyde chemistry by means of transparent science-based standards," said executive Kimberly Wise White, following the substance's high-priority designation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. "[The Environmental Protection Agency's] evaluation ... will ensure regulatory decisions about the safe use of formaldehyde are consistent with real-world circumstances and are protective of human health and our environment," she says.

3/22/2019

The industry is taking steps to reduce plastic waste, partly through investments in chemical recycling solutions, and must continue to do so, said DowDuPont's Jim Fitterling and LyondellBasell's Bob Patel during IHS Markit's World Petrochemical Conference this week. "If we can do chemical recycling back to feedstocks and back to plastics versus the alternatives -- another oil and gas well -- that opens up a whole range of impacts on climate possibilities that people haven't thought about," Fitterling said.

3/22/2019

Oil market volatility, the increased risk of recession and trade concerns such as the dispute between the US and China are creating challenges for the global chemical industry amid increased competition, according to this ICIS analysis. More than 4 million metric tons of new ethylene capacity is expected to come online in the US this year, which could further complicate the global landscape, the report says, citing American Chemistry Council data.

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3/22/2019

Arkema will inaugurate its new Kepstan-brand polyetherketoneketone resin facility in Mobile, Ala., on Monday. The material can be used in aerospace, 3D printing and the oil and gas sector.

3/22/2019

Chevron Phillips Chemical is studying the market for 1-Hexene to determine the need for expanded material infrastructure. The substance is one of the normal alpha olefins, which are used in polyethylene, surfactants and other applications.

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3/22/2019

Two Grillo-Werke chemists in Germany have developed a low-temperature, metal-free process for converting methane into methanesulfonic acid. The process, using methane and oleum, may be more cost-effective than other methods.

3/21/2019

Schools in several states are installing laundry rooms for students to wash their clothes. Many students, according to school officials, will stay home if they do not have clean clothes so the laundry rooms are seen as a way to curb absences.

3/21/2019

Cleaning and disinfecting shared office items like copy machine buttons, appliance handles and conference room tables can keep the flu from spreading, said Ed Richards, the office manager of a Tucson, Ariz., commercial cleaning company. Employees should also keep their personal space clean and do more than just rinse coffee mugs and water glasses.

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3/21/2019

"Chemophobia" -- the irrational fear of chemicals -- is rampant in popular culture nowadays, writes Dan Gardner, a principal at Tactix, an Ottawa consultancy. To the chemophobe, he writes, "the only safe exposure is zero. But if that were true, we'd all be dead."

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3/21/2019

Pinterest is full of cute storage ideas for laundry packets, but pods need to be stored safely away from children and family members with memory problems, according to the American Cleaning Institute. Store the packets in their original packaging in a place out of the reach of children.

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