EPA testing plan lacks specifics, ACI says
The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics recently announced plans to do more testing on chemicals on the market. Since the announcement, the EPA has been vague about the criteria it will use for testing, which is making it difficult for companies to provide the agency with detailed information or prepare for the assessments, said Paul DeLeo, senior director of environmental safety at the American Cleaning Institute. Chemical & Engineering News
Campaign to identify harmful cleaning products draws criticism
The American Cleaning Institute is criticizing efforts by the Environmental Working Group to highlight what they say are hazardous cleaning products on a "Hall of Shame." EWG ignores the research and development efforts that go into ensuring the safety of cleaning products, manipulates scientific findings, and defies common sense, ACI said in statement. Time.com
Target goes online to pitch eco-friendly products
Target is ahead of the pack when it comes to promoting its eco-friendly product lines, writes Leon Kaye. The retailer uses an online "magazine" to tell stories about its commitment to ethically and ecologically sourced goods, and to highlight green brands such as Method, Yes To and Burt's Bees. "Target's approach towards pitching its more socially responsible products is a great way to reach out to customers," Kaye writes. TriplePundit.com
Registration Now Open for 2012 ACI Mid-Year Meeting
Registration is now open for ACI's 2012 Mid-Year Meeting, June 18 through 21 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, just outside Dallas. The event features meetings of ACI's expert standing committees, issue updates and networking events for the cleaning product supply chain. Register today on ACI's website.
Surfactant Sleuths Identify Keys to Stopping Corrosive Behavior
Researchers honored by ACI have identified a group of surfactants that are highly effective in acid cleaning formulations in preventing the corrosion of steel surfaces. ACI recognizes the best paper published during the previous year in the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents; the award was presented at the American Oil Chemists' Society 103rd Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Scientists Honored for Greener Solvents Research
Research that shows how glycerol -- a syrupy and sweet-tasting chemical byproduct -- can be used as a sustainable solvent in industrial cleaning applications is being honored with the 2012 Glycerine Innovation Award. The yearly honor is sponsored by ACI and the National Biodiesel Board and was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society.?
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