Cooperation and information-sharing between government officials and chemical companies is key to a well-planned, well-executed response during storms like Hurricane Harvey, officials said at a recent event organized by the American Chemistry Council and Texas Chemical Council. Companies should "test those relationships long before you actually need to use the relationships," said Chad Anderson of Huntsman.
California's draft plan to regulate food packaging under its Safer Consumer Products program is duplicative and unnecessary and potentially conflicts with the Food and Drug Administration's risk-based safety standards, according to the American Chemistry Council. Such regulation would "undermine FDA's educational efforts to reassure consumers about the safety of food packaging," ACC said.
The 25% US steel tariff would raise costs at the average US cracker project by about 0.5%, with purchased steel accounting for 2% of overall costs, according to the American Chemistry Council. Those figures do not include potential added costs from finished steel or steel-made components.
Antitrust regulators in the US may not be satisfied with Bayer's proposed asset sales as part of its deal with Monsanto and may require additional divestments, sources say. Separately, Bayer said negotiations with Russian regulators are advancing.
A cyberattack on a petrochemical facility in August could have caused an explosion had it been properly executed, raising concern for the safety of industrial facilities in the US and elsewhere. "If attackers developed a technique against Schneider equipment in Saudi Arabia, they could very well deploy the same technique here in the United States," said James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
LyondellBasell and Suez have closed their 50/50 acquisition of Quality Circular Polymers and will focus on accelerating the adoption of circular polymers. "With QCP, we have combined our respective expertise with Suez to create an innovative system that can be scaled as the circular economy grows," said LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel.
There is strong demand and expansion occurring for the US chemical sector, but China, tariffs and higher raw-material prices are ongoing challenges, according to this Zacks Equity Research analysis.
The Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down on efforts to find new high-throughput methods for predicting the effects of chemicals on estrogen receptors, androgen receptors and other parts of the endocrine system. The agency's Ron Hines said the team working on the initiative is ahead of schedule and has developed a new ER model and AR model that will replace some of its previously used assays.
Plastic items stay damp for longer after going through a dishwasher cycle because they hold less heat than denser items during the washing process and they also retain the heat for less time after washing. "The kinds of plastic typically used in plastic containers, like polypropylene, have a lower surface energy and are called hydrophobic," which causes water to form "comparatively large droplets instead of spreading out," this Q&A notes.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's Mass Balance module is the most common certification module for oleoderivatives, and new guidance from the RSPO makes it easier for manufacturers to use it, writes BASF executive Rita Koester.
She writes that palm kernel oil-based oleochemicals are of high importance for the chemical industry, and understanding the MB is key for industrywide adoption.
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