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June 17, 2009
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  • IRIS database upgrade is aimed at public sector, risk managers
    The Environmental Protection Agency is making improvements to its IRIS chemical-risk database, a resource for information on toxins in the chemical, environmental and health care industries. "We are improving efficiency, scientific integrity and transparency in a program that plays a vital role in our mission to protect human health and the environment," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plastics manufacturers seek alternatives to some chemicals
    Tough new regulations around the world, such as Europe's REACH legislation, are prompting plastics manufacturers to come up with alternatives to long-established chemicals. Electronics makers Apple and Hewlett-Packard have tried to come up with design plans that follow restrictions placed on certain substances. There's a focus, for instance, on alternatives to flame retardants, which have raised concerns. ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.) (6/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prices for a key paint chemical are slightly firmer
    The decline in prices for titanium dioxide, seen as a key indicator of the country's economic health, slowed slightly in May. The 5.1% decline for the 12 months ended in May followed a 5.7% year-over-year drop in April. The prices for the chemical, a key ingredient in white paint, suggest that the economy is not quite as weak as before but that home construction will likely be subdued in upcoming months. Google/The Associated Press (6/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Public Health & Environment 
  • Madison, Wis., passes an ordinance requiring plastic-bag recycling
    The Common Council in Madison, Wis., has passed an ordinance banning residents from disposing of clean plastic bags and instead requiring the bags to be recycled. The ordinance would require that residents take the bags to drop-off locations instead of putting them in recycling bins, because they cause problems by wrapping around sorting equipment. Officials said the measure would be enforced not with fines but through education. WISC-TV (Madison, Wis.) (6/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 30 additional chemicals proposed for California warning labels
    California has proposed the inclusion of 30 additional chemicals under its Proposition 65, which requires warning labels on products containing chemicals believed to carry health risks. Nineteen of the substances would be listed because of concerns about developmental or reproductive harm. Eleven others, including chlorophenoxy herbicides, marine diesel fuel and styrene, have raised cancer concerns. Chemical & Engineering News (6/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Energy & Climate 
  • Report: Emissions have caused "visible impact" in U.S.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Tuesday that said climate change already has caused a "visible impact" in the U.S. and urged lawmakers to quickly curb greenhouse-gas emissions. "Human-induced climate change is a reality, not only in remote polar regions [and] in small tropical islands, but every place around the country -- in our own backyards," said agency chief Jane Lubchenco. Reuters (6/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ACC News 
  • ACC Statement in Response to Bone Density Study
    Click here to read ACC's statement on the phthalate-effect study on mouse and rat osteoblasts by Sabbieti et al. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • America Needs Permanent Chemical Facility Security Regulations
    ACC's Marty Durbin testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security during a legislative hearing on the Chemical Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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