The Environmental Protection Agency met its Thursday deadline and introduced three framework rules for chemical prioritization, risk evaluation and inventory reset under Toxic Substances Control Act reform. "It is our expectation that under these rules, EPA will not simply meet the minimal requirements of the law, but instead establish the framework for a modern chemical management system capable of meeting 21st-century demands," said the American Chemistry Council.
Two lawsuits challenging 2008 federal ozone standards will be addressed by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Sept. 14. Three yet-to-be-named judges will hear arguments for the suits, which have been consolidated.
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Braskem said Thursday that it will build a $675 million polypropylene plant with an annual output of almost 500,000 tons in La Porte, Texas. The company left open the possibility of a similar site in Marcus Hook, Pa.
The Marcellus Shale's high-quality natural gas includes areas north of Pittsburgh not yet fully explored, said Gregory Muse, chief operating officer of PennEnergy Resources. "It's obviously unreachable by current technology, but in the area just north of Pittsburgh, back in the rural areas where we're operating, you can have very solid well results," he said.
German chemical company BASF reports that 20 of its production sites around the world have received the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's Supply Chain Certificate. The RSPO accreditation means BASF is making progress toward using certified sustainable palm oil in its ingredients.
The years can take the toll on your passion, and taking a break is one way to regain some of that enthusiasm and drive, writes Dan Black. After that, consider focusing on the positive differences you make in your employees' lives and what your purpose is in leadership.
One year ago, Americans witnessed something happen in Washington that they don't get to see all that often -- the enactment of significant legislation with strong backing from both parties. In fact, it was the first major environmental law to make its way through Congress since 1990. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law after passing Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. The anniversary is worth commemorating because LCSA is vital to protecting human health and the environment while also ensuring that US chemical manufacturers can maintain global competitiveness in the 21st century. Read more.