The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting to a regulatory approach that properly recognizes its authority, with the Waters of the United States rule being one area in need of addressing, says Administrator Scott Pruitt. "We're getting rid of the deficient rule and then we're going to provide a new definition that provides bright line criteria by which to define where jurisdiction begins and ends," he says.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer's report on glyphosate was revised between its draft and final versions, according to a Reuters investigation. These edits include 10 instances where "a negative conclusion about glyphosate leading to tumours was either deleted or replaced with a neutral or positive one," Kate Kelland writes.
The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act should succeed, but that will take years and depend on the actions of the Trump administration and other actors, stakeholders said at a recent conference. "Despite the divisiveness we have in our government today, we are in such a better place with regards to this law," said lawyer Dimitri Karakitsos, who worked as a staffer on the LCSA legislation.
Methanex's production of methanol at two sites in Geismar, La., is an example of how abundant and affordable US natural gas supplies are spurring chemical manufacturing in the US, writes Robert Rapier. More than 300 such projects were completed or under development as of July, according to the American Chemistry Council.
Lanxess is planning capacity expansions and has an ongoing effort to digitize its operations and respond to market changes such as electric vehicles. An electrified powertrain will change "how we manage, install and set up the battery in [an electric] car, battery thermal management, battery lifetime maintenance, flame-retardance and other related issues," said Axel Tuchlenski of Lanxess' high-performance materials business unit.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers has introduced a campaign aimed at getting North American manufacturers to use more polyolefin postconsumer resin in "Work in Process" items such as trash cans and crates. The American Chemistry Council and other partners have backed the initiative.
Manufacturers and chemical firms are adopting 3D printing because it help them speed up production while cutting costs, writes Alexander Tullo. BASF and SABIC are among the companies using 3D printing.
Unilever and other fast-moving consumer goods companies are complementing their product lines with services that can improve the consumer experience and drive sales, writes Sean Hargrave. The Unilever Foundry, for example, has connected its cleaning line, Cif, with the cleaning app Helpling to promote the brand.
The GS1 Retail Grocery Initiative helps consumer packaged good brands stay informed and build consumer loyalty in today's increasingly digital marketplace, writes GS1 US executive Angela Fernandez. The initiative focuses on four topics, including harmonizing the way brands share product information and increasing supply chain visibility.
The final version of California's Cleaning Products Right to Know Act of 2017 lacks industry consensus but "does thoughtfully reflect input from the manufacturing community and is improved from the original version," according to the American Cleaning Institute. ACI added that consumers can already obtain cleaning product ingredient information from labels, dedicated phone lines and company websites.
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