An Environmental Protection Agency advisory panel is exploring ideas to simplify four aspects of complying with the agency's Chemical Data Reporting rule. The committee hopes to clarify exemptions, allow manufacturers to report chemicals in groups and ease other burdens associated with compliance.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Friday said he is not interested in becoming secretary of energy, a move that could allow the state's newly Republican governor to appoint his replacement in the Senate. Manchin is up for re-election in 2018.
BASF has purchased Innofil3D, a Dutch firm that produces customized filaments for 3D-printing applications. "With this acquisition, BASF is moving one step further along the value chain and can now provide not only plastic granulate for 3D printing but also the next processing level: the filaments," said Volker Hammes of BASF.
Best Buy has introduced a chemical policy that seeks to "improve the general management of chemicals" and phase out substances on an internal list. Separately, Walmart's annual sustainability report showed that the company has nearly eliminated, in volume by weight, its use of eight high-priority chemicals over the last two years.
An adhesive developed by Michigan State University and the American Chemistry Council could make it easier to join materials in the manufacturing process and to separate them at the end-of-life stage, said Sandra McClelland of Solvay Specialty Polymers. "Multimaterial solutions are and will provide OEMs and consumers with the best possible choices for performance, safety, aesthetics and value," she said.
Flowsheet simulators are an effective way for process engineers to design, optimize and troubleshoot various aspects of their operations, writes Andrew Sloley. These simulators do come with limitations, including the need for good data and for the operator to understand which correlations matter.
Brainstorming, combined with thought starters and clear parameters and goals, can help you uncover valuable ideas, writes Lisa Kent. Keep participants informed of relevant background data, and consider bringing in outsiders to broaden perspectives and ask important questions.
The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its proposed repeal of the Waters of the US rule until Sept. 27.
The Rail Customer Coalition, which includes the American Chemistry Council, has written to federal lawmakers and the Surface Transportation Board about service issues with CSX. "This [situation] has put rail-dependent business operations throughout the U.S. at risk of shutting down, caused severe bottlenecks in the delivery of key goods and services, and has put the health of our nation's economy in jeopardy," the coalition wrote.
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