American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley has expressed support for a bill currently awaiting President Donald Trump's signature that would reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards for 15 months. The measure "will give Congress time to work on bolstering CFATS and provide the regulatory certainty needed to support the industry's ongoing efforts to safeguard chemical facilities and communities," says Dooley.
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the inter-agency review stage of developing a management plan for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and intends to release it once the partial government shutdown ends, says acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. A swift confirmation process for Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator would provide industry with "more certainty and confidence," says the American Chemistry Council.
The chemical industry's $1 billion-plus Alliance to End Plastic Waste "will exist as a mechanism to facilitate investment and to accelerate innovation in business models and processes and design," says Steve Russell of the American Chemistry Council, which helped organize the group. "The need is to develop new business models to accelerate investment and to engage all sectors of society in addressing what has not yet been a priority," he says.
Evonik has purchased Structured Polymers, a Texas-based startup that's developed a powder that maintains its inherent color throughout the 3D-printing process. Evonik expects to apply the technology to polybutylene terephthalate and other semi-crystalline thermoplastics.
At his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, renewed his commitment to deregulation and to adopting rules that give businesses and states "a climate of certainty." Wheeler, the EPA's current acting administrator, also said that the partial government shutdown may delay a new rule allowing year-round sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, although he still expects to have it ready in time for the summer driving season.
Nouryon's third year of the Imagine Chemistry competition includes Unilever as a partner. Nouryon is seeking solutions in areas such as sustainability, small particles and products that do not need chemical warning labels.
Congress has passed a bill that would reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards for 15 months, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature. Industry groups are praising the action, noting that CFATS upholds public safety standards in manufacturing.
Shell Chemical is asking leaders in Louisiana's Ascension Parish for over $100 million in property tax exemptions on a $1.2 billion expansion in Geismar, La. The site is one of 17 possible locations for Shell, says plant manager Rhoman Hardy, adding that the tax exemption would influence the company's decision.
BASF is conducting an analysis on the feasibility of building a $2.28 billion chemical complex in India in partnership with Adani. The German company, which expects to complete the review this year, would power the facility entirely with renewable energy sources.
Researchers have found a correlation between unbalanced diets and premature cardiovascular disease death -- specifically diets low in seafood omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, nuts and seeds, and whole grains but high in sodium. The international study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, analyzed data from more than 50 countries over a 26-year period, with attention paid particularly to 2010 through 2016.
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