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12/15/2017

A phrase in the Trump administration's proposed delay of the Waters of the US rule, or Clean Water Rule, relating to "applicability date" rather than "effective date" could make the proposal susceptible to lawsuits. The rule itself has been stayed by federal courts pending resolution of litigation.

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12/15/2017

The Trump administration is working on a replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan and plans to release a final version in October. The EPA would look at individual stationary sites rather than across sites, as the Obama-era Clean Power Plan does.

12/15/2017

The Trump administration has met and surpassed its 2017 goals for deregulation, with 1,579 rules pushed back or withdrawn this year, according to the Office of Management and Budget. Separately, federal agencies eliminated roughly 22 rules for each new regulation this year, according to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

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12/15/2017

Integrated condition monitoring is a crucial tool for chemical operators looking to cut down on maintenance costs and increase plant reliability, Sean Ottewell writes. Siemens Large Drives executive Jason Hoover touted the role of the internet of things in helping chemical sites monitor motors and drives in a connected setup.

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12/14/2017

National brands are increasingly facing stiff competition from private labels due to shifting consumer preferences. Market Track found that consumers perceive private and national brands on equal footing in terms of quality and ingredients, and 21% of shoppers said they'd be more likely to purchase an item that is a store brand.

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12/14/2017

SC Johnson has completed its May 2017 pledge to publish all 368 skin allergens it uses, by product, on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. "We continue to lead by example in ingredient transparency because families should have easy access to information on the products they bring into their homes," said CEO Fisk Johnson

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12/14/2017

Firmenich has joined Livelihoods' second carbon fund, which is expected to help two million farmers and reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 million tons over the next 20 years. "With 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record, business should play an even bigger leadership role to tackle climate change," said Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine.

12/14/2017

A large majority of facility executives -- 86% -- expect their cleaning contractors to use green cleaning products and practices as much as possible, a recent survey shows. However, just 32% said they would be willing to pay more for green cleaning.

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12/14/2017

Michael Dourson on Wednesday withdrew his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's chemicals program. Multiple Republican senators had expressed concerns about or opposition to his nomination.

12/14/2017

More than 40% of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal said the passage of the tax bill would reduce the likelihood of a US recession within the next three years. "Tax reform will foster greater capital formation and economic growth," said the American Chemistry Council's Kevin Swift.