Archive: April, 2013

Affordable natural gas sparks global manufacturers’ investment in America

What do Austria’s Voestalpine, Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries, Germany’s Wacker Chemie, Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan, Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics and South Africa’s Sasol have in common? According to Michael Birnbaum’s front page story in The Washington Post, the answer is each of these companies plans massive investments in the United States, whether it’s a $7 billion ethane […]

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Re: “Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested?” in Sunday’s NYT

ACC’s members are serious about their responsibility to produce chemistries that offer important safety, performance and durability benefits and that can be used safely. Our members undertake extensive scientific analyses to evaluate potential risk of their chemicals, from development through use and safe disposal. We work with regulators, retailers and manufacturers to provide them with information about […]

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Endocrine disruption, risk-based decision making and transatlantic regulatory coherence

There’s an important and ongoing debate in the U.S. and the EU about chemicals that may interact with the endocrine system to cause harmful effects in wildlife or on human health. In this post, we’ll work to answer some of the key questions driving the debate: What are endocrine disruptors? What does the latest science […]

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Philadelphia Inquirer gets it wrong on EPA’s authority under TSCA

It’s clear that there is broad agreement that it is time to update the primary law that regulates chemicals in commerce, the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). For that to happen, we must be sure that everyone has an accurate understanding of the regulations currently in place and how federal agencies use them. Chemical […]

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PR stunts miss the point on safety

If you read today’s USA Today, you know activists have sprung a ‘new’ campaign to stop America’s top retailers from selling hundreds – even thousands – of the products that families rely on every day, even though the chemicals contained in those products have been approved by EPA or other regulators. In some cases, the […]

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Honolulu facility turns lost fishing nets into energy

According to experts, lost fishing nets unintentionally claim far too many marine animals every year. Entanglements of large nets, some of them weighing upwards of hundreds of pounds, get caught up in currents, where they can ensnare marine mammals and sea turtles, endanger ships, and wreak havoc on delicate ecosystems. Recent stories by CNN (video […]

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New study illustrates connection between energy efficiency and home affordability

Owning or choosing to purchase an energy efficient home can lead to significant cost savings for many moderate- and middle-income homebuyers, according to a University of North Carolina study of 71,000 U.S. home loans originating between 2002 and 2012. Energy Star homes “provide documentable savings of 15 percent or higher on utility bills compared with […]

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Experts to California: Open flame test is important

It has been a week since the comment period ended in California for TB-117-2013, a proposal that would remove the state’s open flame test for upholstered furniture, and already it is becoming clear that those with a grounded understanding of fire safety codes are weighing in on the side of keeping an open flame test. […]

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VIDEO: Chemistry and shale gas fueling a boom in the Buckeye State, Dooley says

Ohio is on the brink of an economic and manufacturing renaissance, powered by the growing production in natural gas from shale that is driving investment in the state’s chemical industry and industrial base, American Chemistry Council president and CEO Cal Dooley said in a March 29 address at the City Club of Cleveland. Dooley pointed […]

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Cleveland evaluates integrated energy generation and recycling project

We noted with interest last week that the city of Cleveland is evaluating options for the development of an integrated waste management center that likely would include both recycling and energy recovery technologies. The story comes via Waste Management World, which writes that Cleveland has explored a variety of innovative technologies, including thermal conversion, pyrolysis, […]

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