The Coast Guard has responded to the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups by agreeing to delay the installation of Transportation Worker Identification Credential card readers at some facilities for a three-year period. The announcement is a "partial victory," said Scott Jensen of ACC.
The goal of a circular economy would be aided by the use of plastic waste as feedstock for biobased materials, says Steve Russell of the American Chemistry Council. "I'm confident that new feedstocks for plastics and other chemicals will be developed from biomaterials offering new ways of synthesizing materials," Russell says.
The House Appropriations Committee has included a provision in a fiscal 2019 spending bill that would withhold funding for the International Agency for Research on Cancer's monographs program unless certain changes are made. The panel is calling for a "transparent review process" and the use of "the best available science," among other changes.
The Environmental Protection Agency will not write a new rule regarding the release of potentially hazardous substances into water at chemical facilities and other sites. "After engaging the public and analyzing the best available data, EPA believes that additional regulatory requirements for hazardous substances discharges would be duplicative and unnecessary," Administrator Scott Pruitt said.
DowDuPont's DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland are developing cellulase enzymes for the production of ethanol from corn kernel fiber. "The industry is looking increasingly at enzyme-based tools to boost yields and produce additional ethanol without having to make significant capital investments," says ADM executive Collin Benson.
The partnership between Materials Recovery for the Future and J.P. Mascaro & Sons to recycle household flexible plastic packaging is also expected to produce data on the best ways to recycle such plastic. "As a side benefit, we expect to see the quality of J.P.'s other recycling streams improve as the flexible plastics are processed," said Steve Sikra, chairman of MRFF.
Advances in oil-to-chemicals and oxidative coupling of methane technologies could prove disruptive for the chemical industry, says Don Bari of IHS Markit.
Staying in the same role without learning is a career death sentence, even if it feels easier than taking a risk and learning new things, writes LaRae Quy. "It's essential that you realize your comfort zone is a tremendous enemy of peak performance," she writes.
The cleaning industry can take several steps to attract more millennials in preparation for an upcoming wave of baby boomer retirements. These include creating more opportunities for women and making efforts to engage millennial employees and seek their input.
Several ACI member companies in the cleaning products marketplace were named to Forbes' 2018 list of The World's 100 Most Innovative Companies. Among the companies recognized: Reckitt Benckiser Group, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox, Ecolab and Unilever, as well as the latter's operations in India and Indonesia.
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