Reauthorizing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program before it sunsets must be a priority for Congress, writes Eric Byer, president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. Such "a bipartisan issue like CFATS that helps ensure the security of our nation must not be lost in the political shuffle," he writes.
The Trump administration is focused on "removing unnecessary and harmful regulations that restrain economic growth," according to a statement by President Donald Trump. "A healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand," he said.
CB&I expects this month to finish installing the last of four major modules at a cracker in Louisiana that will produce over 1 million tons of ethylene annually. The project comes from LACC, a 50/50 joint venture between Westlake Chemical and Lotte Chemical, and is expected to launch next year.
BASF has set a goal to only use Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil by 2020. This year, the company plans to shift about 330 of its palm-based products to sustainably sourced materials.
Shale gas has fueled hundreds of chemicals-related projects in the US along with more than 700 projects related to plastic processing, said Martha Gilchrist Moore of the American Chemistry Council. Michigan alone has nearly 70 such projects.
The Environmental Protection Agency submitted a draft rule that would change how it uses science when crafting rules to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
Baltimore's ban on polystyrene foam in food packaging will raise costs without helping the city, according to the American Chemistry Council. "Baltimore would be well served with a renewed focus on recycling and composting initiatives and litter control," said Mike Levy of ACC's Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group.
US shale gas reserves have attracted billions of dollars' worth of ethane-related investments, making the country the world's new hub for chemical production, writes Katherine Blunt. New US chemical production capacity this year should be triple that of the Middle East, projects IHS Markit.
Dow Chemical has donated orange trash bags and given grants to cities such as Boise, Idaho, to help residents collect additional types of plastics rather than throwing them out. "This is an innovative solution that allows us to turn a bad situation into something quite positive," said Boise Mayor David Bieter.
Chemical companies BASF and SABIC are responding to demand for bio-based inputs by adding alternative feedstocks to existing crackers. The approach is called biomass balance and is available to customers for an additional fee.
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