The Environmental Protection Agency should update its "outdated" criteria for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances before taking action on decaBDE and four other PBTs as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to the American Chemistry Council. Risk-management rules for the substances must be proposed by late June 2019.
The joint venture between Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco is an integrated facility, which reduces the need for storage space and spending. Such integration, along with automation technology, allows for a direct flow of chemicals throughout the Sadara facility, writes Ellen Wald.
Akzo Nobel will hold its second Imagine Chemistry startup challenge in 2018. Areas of focus include solutions for wastewater-free chemical sites, smart chemical plants, zero-footprint surfactants and other areas of sustainability.
West Virginia University, Royal Dutch Shell, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the University of Pittsburgh are developing technology that would feature shale gas as a feedstock for chemical intermediates such as aromatics and olefins.
The American Chemistry Council's FluoroCouncil has introduced a website about fluorinated chemistries, arguing that newer fluorotechnology options "offer significantly reduced bio-persistence and an improved environmental profile over the chemistries they replaced."
Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its "once-in-always-in" policy for Maximum Achievable Control Technology under the Clean Air Act. "The 1995 policy requires a source to comply with stringent emissions standards, even if the source later lowers its emissions below the 'major source' thresholds that triggered the standards in the first place," their letter says.
Data suggest China shut down 40% of its manufacturing capacity last year because of environmental policies. The US has emerged as a leading supplier of chlor-alkali substances, with plants operating at near capacity.
As cleaning-product supply chain leaders prepare for the 2018 ACI Convention later this month, the association's chief executive, Melissa Hockstad, notes how "dedicated and committed to innovation and growth" today's industry is. During the new year, Hockstad plans for ACI to focus on ensuring consumer access to antiseptic hand products and generating data on active ingredients now under review by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Laundroid, a $16,000 laundry-folding robot, uses artificial intelligence to analyze clothing and choose the best folding technique. The machine, recently on display at CES, could hit the market in late 2019.
The US Food and Drug Administration has been sending out warning letters and keeping tighter track of health and beauty claims made by personal care product companies. This trend is expected to increase in 2018, and firms should also prepare for litigation from private individuals over unapproved drug claims and more FDA scrutiny of consumer product reviews.
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