The Environmental Protection Agency published its action plan for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances Thursday, and says it will propose maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in drinking water by the year's end. The American Chemistry Council says it will analyze the plan, adding that the group will "continue to support strong national leadership in addressing PFAS and firmly believe that EPA is best positioned to provide the public with a comprehensive strategy informed by a full understanding of the safety and benefits of different PFAS chemistries."
Trade talks between the US and a post-Brexit UK could lead to greater collaboration in the areas of "risk-based approaches, science-based approaches to chemical regulation, how you prioritize certain types of issues, how you create greater alignment, but not necessarily changing the regulations," says Ed Brzytwa of the American Chemistry Council. The UK Chemical Industries Association praised ACC's testimony and effort to eliminate regulatory inefficiencies.
The Trump administration must eliminate steel and aluminum tariffs for Mexico and Canada before the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement can advance, says Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Clariant reported positive results in the fourth quarter of 2018, although growth was hindered by slowdowns in China and Europe, says Chief Financial Officer Patrick Jany. The company will focus on catalysts, care chemicals and portfolio upgrades in the years to come, he says.
Although the Phoenix City Council has yet to approve the recommendation, a municipal evaluation team is backing Renewlogy's bid to manage a plastics diversion program. Last year, the city began soliciting bids for a company that provided "waste-to-product or waste-to-liquid fuel technologies."
Nestle Waters North America is trying to motivate consumers to recycle more by asking them to join in the effort, rather than taking a "top-down" approach, says Sustainability Director Valeria Orozco. "We need to make them feel part of the journey," she says.
The American Cleaning Institute focuses on thought leadership, advocacy and its annual convention in serving its members. Members hire associations that can withstand economic downturns and thrive when the economy is good, writes Dan Varroney of Potomac Core Association Consulting.
Prices for cleaning products are increasing this year, with Church & Dwight announcing hikes on some OxiClean products and baking soda. Procter & Gamble and Clorox have also announced price increases due to higher material and transportation costs.