DuPont will apply the 12 principles of green chemistry to its entire portfolio and all processes by 2030 as one of nine goals to "increase the sustainability profile throughout its operations" within the same time period. DuPont, which has also agreed to stop using long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by the end of 2019, says it will use third-party experts to identify areas for improvement.
Polystyrene food packaging is safe for human health, but developing new solutions that reduce waste and increase recovery are still priorities for the industry, writes Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council, in response to a recent op-ed in Eugene Weekly. "We've set our own target that 100 percent of plastic packaging be recyclable or recoverable by 2030, initiated projects to better sort and process plastic packaging so that it can be recycled domestically, and our member companies, including one based in Oregon, are developing new and innovative plastics recovery technologies," he wrote.
Appalachia Development has narrowed its list of potential sites for an underground natural gas liquid storage hub in Pennsylvania from five to two, but has yet to release their locations. The region's emerging chemical industry may eventually require 30 million barrels worth of underground storage capacity for NGLs, says Chairman and CEO Steven Hedrick.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has adopted standards for smallholders and "shared responsibility" rules that set a code of conduct for members. In conjunction with the new guidelines for small farms, the RSPO has launched a training initiative that aims to boost resources available to smallholders.
Climate change has added new fears to the worries of Italian olive oil producers already coping with Xylella fastidiosa, which has killed millions of olive trees in southern Italy. Extreme weather is a threat in itself, and warmer temperatures may also aid the spread of the bacterium.
Anne-Claude Gavin of the University of Geneva in Switzerland has received the first Lipidomics Excellence Award for her work in identifying how lipids transfer between cell membranes. "Once we have a better understanding of the ways certain lipids cause which effect, we may pave the way for new potential treatment approaches," she said.
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega-3 plans to unveil a database of clinical trials on omega-3 fatty acids in February, creating a catalog of data that companies can use to bolster product health claims. "We also think it will helps us understand the research gaps," said GOED Executive Director Ellen Schutt.
A study at the Norwegian research institute Nofima has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from canola and algae are safe and effective to use in salmon feed. "This research shows that salmon can utilize these fatty acids both from the new sources of omega-3 and from fish oil in the same way," said scientist Bente Ruyter.
The Environmental Protection Agency is committed to completing pre-manufacture notice reviews within the Toxic Substances Control Act's 90-day statutory timeline and hopes to finish 80% within that period, according to Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn. Companies can use the EPA's chemical tracker to monitor its work on PMN reviews, she said.
The House of Representatives is working on a stopgap funding measure that would fund the federal government through Dec. 20 and may pass it next week, says a senior aide. If the measure is approved, the Senate will take it up in hopes of advancing it before the current deal expires on Nov. 21.