Two keys to a stronger chemical assessment program: Planning for success and avoiding pitfalls

This week’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) workshop on the National Research Council’s (NRC) recommendations for improving federal chemical assessments gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an opportunity to build on the progress it has already made in creating a sound, more transparent, and objective assessment program. While the agenda for the workshop covers [...]

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Plastics-to-oil technologies could add $9 billion to U.S. economy, says new report

Isn’t it time we stop burying our non-recycled plastics? Our society is always looking for new, alternative energy sources. Energy is not only vital to most everything we do, it helps to create jobs and enables economic growth. On this blog, for example, we’ve discussed how recovering non-recycled plastics and turning them into energy has [...]

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Tired accusations on TTIP

It seems self-evident that efforts to improve regulatory transparency while maintaining strong protections for the environment and human health; to enhance regulatory efficiency while reducing costs for governments and industry; and to stimulate the economy while supporting job growth should be shared objectives under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Unfortunately, that appears not [...]

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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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National Coffee Day: Enjoy a ‘cup of Joe’ with a side of polystyrene info

For many Americans, every day is coffee day. But Monday, September 29, is officially “National Coffee Day” in the United States. In honor of our caffeinated friend’s special day, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group would like to share some information on polystyrene foodservice products. Polystyrene foodservice packaging works. Plastic foodservice packaging helps [...]

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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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FutureStructure Summit explores how leading states and municipalities are investing in energy recovery technologies

At the recent FutureStructure Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, state and local policymakers and key stakeholders discussed strategies for developing the necessary infrastructure for cities of the future. The discussions, sponsored by GOVERNING Magazine, focused on water, waste, and energy issues, including options to recover energy from a city’s non-recycled waste. One panel discussion, “Using Waste [...]

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At home and at the ball park, recycling is always a home run

At ACC, we encourage everyone to recycle their plastic bottles and containers whenever they can — at home, at the mall, even at the baseball stadium. It makes sense: many beverages sold at baseball games come in plastic bottles or are served in plastic cups, making the ballpark a great place for plastic recycling. Recently, [...]

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Successful chemical assessment programs allow the science to speak for itself

Everyone who is committed to producing better and timely chemical assessments would agree objectivity is one of the hallmarks of a sound assessment program. Objectivity is particularly important when it comes to evaluating studies and results that will form the foundation for a chemical assessment. To ensure a strong foundation, these studies and results must [...]

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