The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its proposed repeal of the Waters of the US rule until Sept. 27.
The Rail Customer Coalition, which includes the American Chemistry Council, has written to federal lawmakers and the Surface Transportation Board about service issues with CSX. "This [situation] has put rail-dependent business operations throughout the U.S. at risk of shutting down, caused severe bottlenecks in the delivery of key goods and services, and has put the health of our nation's economy in jeopardy," the coalition wrote.
Elsevier and the American Chemical Society have launched Chemistry Research Network and ChemRxiv, respectively, as vehicles for accepting papers ahead of peer review. "What I like about the concept is that it enables authors to decide when their work is published," said Benjamin List, editor-in-chief of the journal Synlett.
International Flavors & Fragrances' flavors and fragrance divisions saw a 6% increase in second-quarter net sales, year-over-year, hitting a combined $849.2 million. The fragrance division benefited from both sales growth and recent acquisitions.
Akzo Nobel has won support from activist investor Elliott Management for its plan to spin off its specialty chemicals unit into a separate business. Elliott has agreed to give Akzo Nobel a minimum of three months to pursue the plan.
The Environmental Protection Agency will host a Sept. 7 webinar to discuss five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances it has marked for expedited action. EPA is required to submit a rulemaking proposal for the substances by June 22, 2019.
Eight of the 12 annual spending bills under consideration in the House will receive floor time the week of Sept. 4, when the chamber returns from recess. One of those measures would address funding for the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Protection Agency's framework rules for Toxic Substances Control Act reform allow the agency to prioritize high-risk uses and do so in a timely fashion, said Karyn Schmidt, senior director, chemical regulation, regulatory and technical affairs, at the American Chemistry Council.
Royal Dutch Shell has sold Saudi Basic Industries its 50% stake in their joint venture, Shell Arabia, in an $820 million deal. "This step will allow Shell to focus its downstream activities and make selective investments to support the growth of its global chemicals business," said Shell.
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