The Environmental Protection Agency is reprioritizing its proposed regulation on the use of science in rulemaking, pushing its date for a final rule to January 2020. The agenda released Wednesday shows the EPA plans to finalize its proposed repeals of the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule in March.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering creating a new rule that would require entities such as chemical companies and utilities to prove they can pay for cleanup efforts if they cause an incident while transporting or handling hazardous materials.
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Merck will begin centrally allocating funds for performance materials research and development as it aims to cut the segment's product-to-market time from five or more years to a range of one to three years, Chief Financial Officer Marcus Kuhnert says. Performance materials' second-quarter sales were down 4.2%.
Electric and autonomous vehicles are driving demand for polycarbonates, which Covestro expects will grow in the next five years at a compound annual rate of 4%. Philipp Polenz, a company executive, says Covestro is considering expanding polycarbonate production in China.
Liaoning Datang International New Energy is featuring Covestro turbine blades made from polyurethane-infused resin at a wind farm in China. "The successful installation of the pilot turbine in Northeast China is recognition of the strengths of our polyurethane infusion resin and demonstrates that it is ready for use in operational wind blades," says Covestro executive Julien Guiu.
Amsterdam-based Photanol plans to construct a demonstration plant at Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals' facility in Delfzijl, Netherlands, to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide. "The Photanol team is keen to prove to the world that we can make a big difference by producing clean chemicals while reducing the CO2 burden on the environment," said Photanol CEO Veronique de Bruijn.
Make a positive impression during your first meeting with your team by focusing on getting to know people instead of diving into work, writes Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company. When this approach incorporates meaningful questions about team dynamics and individual concerns, you'll build trust, relationships and a collaborative spirit, she writes.