Milliken & Co. has purchased Keystone Aniline, a South Carolina firm that supplies colorants. Milliken officials said that the agreement "joins two successful organizations with complementary expertise and capabilities to offer customers a broader array of advanced colorant solutions, technologies and services."
Procter & Gamble has unveiled plans to spend more than $100 million in Singapore over the next five years to build a new digital innovation center -- its first outside the US. The center will help the company with digital innovation in supply chain management, e-analytics and e-business.
Cleaning firms are prepared for the Sept. 6 deadline to remove triclosan from soaps and other personal care products and have been switching to alternatives, said American Cleaning Institute Vice President of Communication Brian Sansoni. Manufacturers must also stop using microbeads in their products by July 1 and stop selling such products by Jan. 1, 2018.
New York has issued a draft regulation requiring companies to disclose the chemicals used in cleaning products, including any trace contaminants added during processing if they are considered threats to the environment or public health. The American Cleaning Institute said it is reviewing the regulation, adding that it already operates a public database on cleaning product ingredient safety.
CVS Health has become the latest major US corporation to embrace a chemical management initiative, having pledged to remove parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors from almost 600 personal care products. Retailers with similar programs include Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's and IKEA, while consumer products companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever and L'Oreal have chemical ingredient disclosure programs.
Nonprofit Clean the World has gone from a garage-based family operation to a widespread effort that recycles cleaning products from more than 1 million hotel rooms each day, said CEO Shawn Seipler. The group has diverted
20 million pounds of waste and sent 40 million bars of soap to people in 115 countries.
Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., have reintroduced an updated version of the Regulatory Accountability Act, a rule that would require federal agencies to complete a cost-benefit analysis before issuing new regulations. "The courts would ensure that agencies do not rely on irrational assumptions or treat cost-benefit analysis as a mere afterthought," Portman's office said
The Environmental Protection Agency's backlog of pre-manufacture notice applications and its program for reviewing new substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act are among the most burdensome regulations affecting chemical manufacturers, said the American Chemistry Council in comments submitted to the Commerce Department.
Former Environmental Protection Agency official Susan Bodine is reportedly in the running to become deputy administrator. Andrew Wheeler was thought to have been the favorite, but he has publicly said he has received no job offer.
Fifteen state attorneys general and the AG for Washington, D.C., have written to Congress opposing a bill that would delay changes to the federal ozone standard and otherwise modify the national ambient air quality standards program. The legislation has been proposed in the House and Senate.
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