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Eastman Chemical, Merck win ENERGY STAR awards for use of CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems got a big boost this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handed out its latest ENERGY STAR awards. Eastman Chemical Company and Merck were among the companies recognized for “their highly efficient CHP systems.” Also known as cogeneration, CHP is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat [...]

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Chemistry can help save energy in NYC buildings

This week’s announcement by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that he wants to dramatically boost energy efficiency in the city’s buildings has garnered a lot of attention. His plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions calls for expanding the use of renewable energy sources, such as an 8-fold increase in private solar generation, and improving [...]

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Dow and Preferred Sands win 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award for TERAFORCE™ technology

“Innovation” in the 21st century can come from many industries and have a measurable impact on our way of life: social, environmental, economic or technological. But for American chemistry, innovation applies to “all of the above”: chemical companies are making real, tangible products that are helping to create a healthier, cleaner, stronger and more sustainable [...]

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FDA sticks to the science while revamping its BPA website

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refreshed its bisphenol A (BPA) website last week, the Agency’s stance on the safety of BPA remains the same. As the FDA puts it, “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods” and that “the use of BPA in food packaging and containers is safe.” [...]

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Biomonitoring Equivalents: A valuable scientific tool for making better chemical safety decisions

Among all the discussion and debate about improving how chemicals are managed to ensure the public and the environment are protected from potentially harmful exposures, at least one point stands out on which we can all agree: better access to information, as well as a greater understanding of that information, will help lead to better [...]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) June 2011 decision to include styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). In reviewing the NAS findings, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Styrene, a liquid, and polystyrene, a solid, are fundamentally different. [...]

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Picking up the pace: Q&A with DHS director David Wulf on chemical security

By any measure, it’s been a very productive year for advancing the effort to secure chemical facilities and protect communities. Thanks to a strong commitment by leadership at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Agency has made significant progress addressing issues with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and strengthening its working relationship with [...]

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ACC champions transparency in flame retardant debate

Tim Shestek, senior director of State Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), testified June 24 before the California Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Products on Senate Bill 1019 (also known as SB 1019), legislation that would require manufacturers of upholstered furniture to indicate whether their products sold in the state contain flame [...]

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Putting all the pieces together: ACC helps improve chemical risk assessments

Most would agree that credible, science-based assessments of the potential risks from chemical exposures are necessary for providing both regulators and the regulated community with a useful summary of the science on certain chemicals. Very often these assessments underpin product stewardship and regulatory actions taken to protect human health and the environment. When creating chemical [...]

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Chemistry and sports: Championship soccer edition!

Every four years, soccer fans put everything aside to focus on the world’s most popular soccer tournament, and this year is no different – with one key exception: many fans are just as focused on the new technology in the games as they are on the outcomes. And this is where chemistry scores… yet again! [...]

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