The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to consolidate litigation against the Toxic Substances Control Act's framework rules, transferring its lawsuit to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Environmental Protection Agency needs to get quicker at reviewing chemical reviews and be more clear about the criteria being used, said Karyn Schmidt of the American Chemistry Council. Substances "that may have fewer impacts" aren't readily coming to market because of manufacturers' concerns about uncertainty, she said.
The Environmental Protection Agency is working on four new chemical categories for use in evaluations, including perfluorinated chemicals and photo-acid generators. These categories could reduce the need for testing when reviewing new chemicals.
Provisions on cross-border data flows and localization will likely be included in any revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and analysts expect those provisions to resemble what was in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Dow Industrial Solutions will expand its propionic acid plant in Texas City, Texas, in response to the global demand for long-lasting food and animal-feed options. The project will likely come online in 2019.
ExxonMobil and Spain's Institute of Chemical Technology have developed a silica zeolite capable of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from and energy used in ethylene separation. The material has flexible pores capable of filtering out ethylene and leaving ethane.
The US is poised for a 0.8% boost in nonpharmaceutical chemical output in 2017, with bigger increases in the following three years, said the American Chemistry Council. "Manufacturing has turned a corner, business investment is on the rise, and domestic oil and gas production is on the rebound," said ACC's Kevin Swift.
The Environmental Protection Agency has made progress in streamlining chemical reviews but is still taking too long, says the American Chemistry Council's Karyn Schmidt.
Nova Chemicals will build a polyethylene plant in Ontario and increase production at its ethylene plant in the city of Corunna by about 50%. Ontario is helping finance the polyethylene project with a $77.8 million grant.
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