The Environmental Protection Agency is facing ongoing deadlines as part of implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act and an increase in its chemical-evaluation workload even as litigants challenge the three TSCA framework rules. "We have every expectation that it will continue to meet its deadlines," says the American Chemistry Council's Michael Walls.
Aging water infrastructure needs to be improved, but many state and local governments don't allow open competition when it comes to the materials available in water pipe construction, says Michael Power of the American Chemistry Council. A better system would be to base bidding on the performance specifications of a local engineer but without restrictions on the type of materials that can compete, he says.
The Accurate Labels Act, which has been introduced in Congress, would amend federal rules on product labeling and replace a system that "imposes unnecessary and costly regulatory burdens for producers," said co-sponsor Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. State and local governments can enact stricter rules, "but they need to show their work and demonstrate there is sound science behind it," said Claire Parker of the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels.
Chemists and companies such as Agilyx are working on ways to recycle thermosets, thermoplastics and other polymers. Chemists at Tel Aviv University and the University of Western Ontario are working on self-immolative polymers that would remain unstable and could be depolymerized.
Employees respond best to a culture that supports them through rough patches and reminds them why their work is important, writes Julie Zhuo of Facebook. "I can't recall an example of groundbreaking work coming from an environment of stress, anxiety, and fear of failure," she writes.
China's retaliatory tariffs penalize $2.2 billion annually in plastics and chemicals imports, putting US chemical investment and jobs in jeopardy, said the American Chemistry Council. "We anticipate significant disruptions to supply chain operations, offshoring of production, and termination of production altogether due [to] the sudden, uneven playing field that duties would create in the global marketplace," ACC said.
The American Chemistry Council annual meeting this month highlighted the group's focus on the problem of plastic waste, as well as the industry's concern about tariffs impeding the chemical industry's growth prospects. "We're building enormous capacity in the US, and to the extent that tariffs impede our ability to do that, then that's an issue," said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell and ACC board chairman.
US District Judge William Shubb last week blocked California from requiring warning labels for glyphosate under its Proposition 65 program. The state had asked for a reconsideration of Shubb's earlier injunction.
DuPont will invest more than $200 million in updating the DuPont Experimental Station in Delaware. The plans call for new CRISPR genome-editing machines, automated lab equipment and other tools.
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