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EE Global 2016: Remarkable gains, significant potential for energy efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy’s 9th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (#EEGlobal), held May 11-12, showcased the many ways energy efficiency drives productivity and profitability across the economy. Industry professionals, policymakers and members of academia reflected on the significant gains achieved to date and “next steps” for efficiency efforts. In exciting keynotes, Senators Rob Portman […]

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Nanotechnology – A small part of big solutions

Researchers are constantly looking for ways to combat disease, whether it is a familiar one like the flu or something never seen before like the Zika virus. Nanotechnology may offer hope to develop treatments for both. Dr. Tom Webster, chair of Northeastern University’s chemical engineering department and the president of the Society of Biomaterials, is […]

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How do various screening tools evaluate different chemicals?

Retailers and product manufacturers are increasingly using a variety of tools, lists and other approaches to determine whether specific chemical ingredients in consumer products may be a concern, or to certify what some call “greener” chemical ingredients. But what sort of information do these various tools provide? To address this question, a group of researchers […]

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Capito demonstrates commitment to helping emergency responders

Last night, Congress passed a resolution introduced by Senator Capito that recognizes the incredible work of the TRANSCAER® program in helping communities prepare and respond to a potential transportation incident involving hazardous materials. While congressional resolutions can be fairly common, TRANSCAER is a truly unique program. Last year alone, the program helped more than 50,000 […]

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

On April 22, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed the substance styrene on California’s Proposition 65 list, pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 that requires the state to publish a list of substances known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. […]

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OEHHA P65 Warnings Website provides few answers for consumers

Without fanfare, OEHHA launched the Proposition 65 Warnings Website last Friday to further consumer understanding of warning labels required by the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Prop 65. Under that law, manufacturers and facilities are prohibited from knowingly exposing any individual to any of more than 800 listed […]

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What “hulk” Mark Ruffalo doesn’t understand about trade policy

If you’ve listened to some of the discussions on trade policy during the Presidential primary season, you’d be forgiven for thinking that trade deals have had a negative impact on the U.S. economy.  That’s far from the case. Indeed, it’s been a frustrating few months for those in favor of rational, evidence-based debate on U.S. […]

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Listen to the science: BPA is safe

From Proposition 65 to activist reports, recent activities related to epoxy can linings made from BPA have dialed up a flurry of news coverage lately. In response to consumer interest, and as a reaction to pressure from activist groups, some food brands are announcing that they are moving away from these can linings and using […]

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South Korea listens to the science on BPA

Last week the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published its risk assessment of BPA in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Research.  The MFDS is a government agency that is responsible for promoting public health by ensuring the safety of foods and other products. The details are important, but what everyone wants […]

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Polyurethanes: Never too cool for school

American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is creating an education hub to make it easier for members to access and benefit from the wide range of services. The new hub—the CPI Education Center—will serve both industry newcomers and veterans, helping everyone stay current with the latest advances in technology, regulations and […]

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