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CalRecycle announces workshop on expanding state’s ability to convert waste into energy, fuels

Last fall, a panel discussion co-hosted by ACC and the LA Chamber of Commerce showcased emerging technologies that can convert waste into energy. Focusing on ways that state and local lawmakers can encourage new investment in these technologies, the event included participation by many local business leaders and waste management experts, including representatives from CalRecycle, [...]

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Revealing rare earths: Economic report sheds light on rare earths’ essential role

Whether it’s energy-saving wind turbines, life-saving pacemaker devices, state-of-the-art advanced avionics or super sleek smartphones, rare earth elements play an important role in helping a variety of the latest technologies perform. A new rare earths economics report from the American Chemistry Council and Rare Earth Technology Alliance shows that billions of individual products from a [...]

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CPI now accepting entries for the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award

For more than 75 years great minds have contributed to the advancement of the polyurethanes industry. Are you one of those innovators? The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council sponsors an award program to honor your innovation before hundreds of your polyurethanes industry peers. CPI is now accepting 2014 Polyurethane [...]

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Misinformation fuels misplaced concerns over flame retardants

Recent media events have focused on debates about fire safety standards and flame retardants. The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA)—a group strongly committed to improving fire safety—welcomes an open public discussion on the facts about these important compounds that help keep Americans out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, the heightened interest in fire safety has [...]

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CHEMTREC® has saved my bacon more than once

You might imagine after serving as CHEMTREC®’s Director of Outreach & Special Programs for the past six years and engaging in hundreds of hazardous materials conferences from Sacramento, CA to Plymouth, MA, I have heard just about anything and everything. However, after meeting thousands of responders from coast to coast, the one comment that still [...]

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NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade converts waste into energy

A number of forward thinking cities are investing in technologies to convert trash into energy and, in the process, are taking advantage of an abundant, domestic energy resource. Consider Newark, New Jersey. Last week’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City generated a fair amount of waste. Rather than landfilling it, the party hats, [...]

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California’s test case misplaces priority by targeting energy-efficient spray foam

Eureka! It would seem that the motto of the state of California was in full force yesterday when the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) announced, almost with fanfare, how very happy they were to name the first three products to serve as a “test case” for a new Safer Consumer Products Regulation. But, in [...]

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California DTSC draft list of priority products proving program to be flawed, duplicative

This week, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the first step in a complex, new regulatory process that is designed to assess the risk of certain chemicals in specific consumer products and to determine if there might be safer alternatives. The ‘green chemistry’ program has been in the works for seven years and [...]

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White House to establish new innovation institute for manufacture of advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites

Innovations in energy efficiency – nearly every one made possible by chemistry – are reducing energy demand for our cars, homes and businesses. And recently, the White House announced an important step towards even greater efficiency across the American manufacturing sector. President Obama unveiled a new program through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that [...]

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BPA and plastics: the not-so scary truth

What’s trending right now? Lots of chatter about the safety of plastics: Are plastics safe in food packaging? Are they safe in carry-out food containers? What about the plastics in my kitchen? What should I do? Questions like these are the result of pressure groups targeting plastics — the very plastics that have been approved [...]

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