The Environmental Protection Agency is considering updating its work-plan process to serve as the basis for prioritizing substances for risk assessment under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act. Dan Chang of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics said the new process could include rescreening chemicals with additional criteria.
Low oil prices and a market inundated with fossil fuels made upstream operations less profitable for Sasol and triggered a shift toward specialty chemicals, as seen in the company's $11.1 billion Lake Charles Chemicals Project, say co-CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell. "Sasol comes first, the team comes second, individuals come third," Nqwababa says of their management style.
Researchers at King's College London have developed a new nanoscale tool with hot electrons that has the potential to improve chemical research and find uses in electronics. "Hot electrons can allow chemical reactions to occur between two molecules which would not normally react," said lead author Pan Wang.
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will be a boon to agri-food businesses throughout Europe and open "huge market opportunities" on both sides, according to the European Commission. Europe's food sector is expected to benefit greatly from access to Japan's 127 million consumers.
Food manufacturers will need to include practical steps for managing acrylamide in their food safety management systems under the new EU acrylamide regulation, effective April 11. In response to the regulation, the Institute of Food Science & Technology has updated its Information Statement on Acrylamide in Foods, noting that the EU will "continually refine the benchmark levels in light of reduction strategies and new monitoring data."
A series of trials performed by the Norwegian organization Nofima have found that genetically modified canola oil is safe for use in salmon feed and produces similar health and growth outcomes when compared to fish oil-derived fatty acids.
Spanish researchers have developed a faster, more accurate method to determine palm oil country origin. The method is the first to combine liquid chromatography with chemometric and data fusion strategies.
Reps. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., wrote to the International Agency for Research on Cancer on Friday, warning IARC that its funding could be reassessed if it "does not demonstrate transparency." The representatives, writing on behalf of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, are seeking information on IARC's review of glyphosate.
The Environmental Protection Agency has work to do regarding how it will report confidential business information claims and how it will apply "unique identifiers" to such chemicals, said Tanya Hodge Mottley of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.