The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting to a regulatory approach that properly recognizes its authority, with the Waters of the United States rule being one area in need of addressing, says Administrator Scott Pruitt. "We're getting rid of the deficient rule and then we're going to provide a new definition that provides bright line criteria by which to define where jurisdiction begins and ends," he says.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer's report on glyphosate was revised between its draft and final versions, according to a Reuters investigation. These edits include 10 instances where "a negative conclusion about glyphosate leading to tumours was either deleted or replaced with a neutral or positive one," Kate Kelland writes.
The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act should succeed, but that will take years and depend on the actions of the Trump administration and other actors, stakeholders said at a recent conference. "Despite the divisiveness we have in our government today, we are in such a better place with regards to this law," said lawyer Dimitri Karakitsos, who worked as a staffer on the LCSA legislation.
Methanex's production of methanol at two sites in Geismar, La., is an example of how abundant and affordable US natural gas supplies are spurring chemical manufacturing in the US, writes Robert Rapier. More than 300 such projects were completed or under development as of July, according to the American Chemistry Council.
Lanxess is planning capacity expansions and has an ongoing effort to digitize its operations and respond to market changes such as electric vehicles. An electrified powertrain will change "how we manage, install and set up the battery in [an electric] car, battery thermal management, battery lifetime maintenance, flame-retardance and other related issues," said Axel Tuchlenski of Lanxess' high-performance materials business unit.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers has introduced a campaign aimed at getting North American manufacturers to use more polyolefin postconsumer resin in "Work in Process" items such as trash cans and crates. The American Chemistry Council and other partners have backed the initiative.
Manufacturers and chemical firms are adopting 3D printing because it help them speed up production while cutting costs, writes Alexander Tullo. BASF and SABIC are among the companies using 3D printing.
Overcoming adversity is easier when you possess confidence, persistence, dedication and control -- all traits that can be developed over time, writes LaRae Quy. "Control your own emotions, thoughts and behavior rather than trying to control other people," she argues.
ACC calls upon global leaders to take action against IARC over deliberate manipulation of data
Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, issued the following statement yesterday on the Reuters investigation into the International Agency for Cancer Research's controversial Monograph 112:
"Today's Reuters report undermines IARC's conclusions about glyphosate, but it also raises troubling new evidence that IARC has shown a lack of objectivity, credibility and integrity. The deliberate omission of critical evidence demonstrated by this news report should cause deep concern among all individuals and institutions who believe that dispassionate science should be the great truth-teller and equalizer in heated policy debates. In this case it appears that the science was truthful, but IARC was not.
"IARC's rewriting of the glyphosate Monograph to remove conclusions that glyphosate did not cause cancer in animals is a serious violation of public trust. Considering earlier revelations that a major study exonerating glyphosate was withheld from the Monograph working group, there is ample evidence that the IARC's classification of glyphosate is invalid. Any policy decisions that have been based on IARC's glyphosate findings should be reexamined as they can no longer be justified." Learn more.