Two years ago, the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline wasn't in the nation's best interests, but it has reversed that decision, and the Trump administration issued a permit for it today. However, the $8 billion project still faces litigation.
The American Chemistry Council and other industry groups are calling for greater clarity and transparency in the Environmental Protection Agency's risk evaluation process under Toxic Substances Control Act reform. "Just providing a list of EPA guidance documents or [National Academy of Sciences] reports is not only woefully inadequate, it is not sufficiently transparent for stakeholders to understand the actual scientific approach EPA intends to take," ACC said.
The American Chemistry Council and companies such as Procter & Gamble have asked the Environmental Protection Agency for additional time to submit information in imported chemical mixtures. Other suggested policy changes include requiring only one notification to keep a chemical on the active inventory.
The European Commission will reportedly approve proposed mergers between Dow Chemical and DuPont and Syngenta and ChemChina, respectively, as early as next week. In India, the Competition Commission of India says the Dow-DuPont deal may have an "adverse impact on competition."
AkzoNobel's largest stakeholder, Causeway Capital, which owns 6.8% of the company, has expressed support for a proposed merger with PPG Industries. Causeway Capital did call PPG's latest offer "inadequate."
Princeton University researchers report the discovery of a different type of germanium selenium, which they have dubbed beta-GeSE. The compound material is similar to graphene in structure and is analogous to another 2D material, black phosphorus, per the team.