Indorama Ventures' FiberVisions is planning a $48 million expansion project in Georgia to increase its polyolefin fiber manufacturing capacity. The project will help meet a growing demand for synthetic fibers, which are used in personal protective equipment.
Researchers from Texas A&M University are using a Healthy Ecosystems grant to identify flood risks at chemical facilities in the US Gulf Coast and develop risk mitigation solutions, such as the increased use of natural infrastructure. "We hope to be able to prioritize which facilities are at the greatest risk for potential flooding and which would most benefit from different types of green infrastructure to mitigate those risks," says professor Weihsueh Chiu.
Listening, offering flexibility and acknowledging success are just a few simple ways leaders can show appreciation for employees, writes Cindy McGovern. "Allowing staff members to react according to their own consciences and then rewarding them when they do can encourage more helpful behavior -- and get the company some positive publicity in the process," she writes.
Nanotechnology applications can be used in products and procedures to help protect the environment. Nano-based solutions are available for cleaning up oil spills, detecting contamination in water, purifying water and separating carbon dioxide from industrial waste gases emitted into the air.
The use of ethylene oxide at sterilization facilities poses a risk to both workers and nearby communities, according to a draft risk assessment released by the Environmental Protection Agency last week. The EPA will accept public comments on the draft report through Jan. 19, then make recommendations to mitigate risk.
The Environmental Protection Agency has realized a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene, finding all but two of 54 uses of the material pose an unreasonable risk. TCE is one of the EPA's first 10 work plan substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
The Environmental Protection Agency in October unveiled a federal strategy to tackle marine debris worldwide, and businesses should begin preparing now for a surge in regulatory activity, writes Ralph DeMeo of Baker Donelson. DeMeo discusses strategies for curbing land- and sea-based marine litter, including re-engaging on recycling.
Sasol Chemicals North America has agreed to divest its 50% equity interest in the Gemini bimodal high-density polyethylene facility in Texas to INEOS, its partner in the joint venture. "The sale represents a further step in achieving Sasol´s strategic and financial objectives by accelerating the focus on specialty chemicals and reducing net debt," said Sasol.
Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have used monosacacccharide cracking technology to produce monoethylene glycol, a critical feedstock for polyethylene terephthalate. "This technology has the potential to revolutionise the PET market," says Gustavo Sergi of Braskem.
Small amounts of 1,4-dioxane in laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and other consumer applications doesn't pose an unreasonable risk to the public, according to a draft supplemental assessment released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The American Cleaning Institute said it "appreciates EPA's analysis and conclusions" and that "consumers can continue to use these products safely and effectively like they do every single day."