Chemicals
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9/18/2017

States continue to consider legislation regulating chemicals despite the rollout of the Toxic Substances Control Act. "[W]e are optimistic that legislatures will see evidence of a modernized TSCA that strengthens consumer confidence and promotes interstate commerce," the American Chemistry Council said.

9/18/2017

US manufacturing output declined 0.3% in August due to Hurricane Harvey, with only the automotive industry showing a gain for the month, the Federal Reserve said on Friday.

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9/18/2017

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has added Clariant to its annual list for the fifth consecutive year, ranking it among the top 4% of chemical companies worldwide in terms of sustainability. "Sustainability will continue to be an important asset on our journey to becoming the world-leading company in specialty chemicals," said CEO Hariolf Kottmann.

9/15/2017

The American Chemistry Council has partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the next two years to improve chemical handling and safety in the workplace. The partnership will include a web-based training program and seminars.

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Powder & Bulk Solids
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9/15/2017

The House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion spending package for fiscal 2018 that includes a $534 million cut in Environmental Protection Agency funding. It's the first time since 2009 that the House has passed a package containing all 12 appropriations bills, although the Senate has not passed any such bills.

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Reuters, The Hill
9/15/2017

Chevron Phillips Chemical's Cedar Bayou chemical complex in Texas has not resumed operations since Hurricane Harvey, while other companies are in various stages of restarts. Rail traffic near the CP Chem complex was still embargoed on Thursday because of flooding.

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S&P Global Platts
9/15/2017

Eastman Chemical has added capacity at its St. Gabriel, La., plant for dimethylaminopropylamine and alkyl alkanolamine and plans to increase capacity for cyclohexanedimethanol, or CHDM, at its Kingsport, Tenn., facility over the next year and a half.

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Nasdaq, Zacks
9/15/2017

PTT Global Chemical's proposed ethane cracker in Belmont County, Ohio, would benefit both the county and the city of Wheeling, W.Va., by stimulating economic growth and related investments, argues Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott.

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PTT Global, PTT Global Chemical
9/15/2017

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks are creating a company that will focus on using synthetic biology to create more efficient agricultural microbes, specifically the kind that carry nitrogen to soybeans and other plants. Separately, Bayer CropScience executive Adrian Percy said the company, once merged with Monsanto, will focus on developing herbicides and educating the public about new technologies, among other areas.

9/14/2017

Formulators can replace nonionic or anionic surfactants in established liquid laundry detergents without changing the product's viscosity by selecting drop-in replacements that meet certain parameters. Formulators should consider the degree of alcohol branching, the alcohol molecular weight and the degree of ethoxylation, and how these three parameters affect viscosity.

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