Growing interest in plant-based proteins throughout Europe has led to a rise in interest for seaweed and other sustainable ocean-sourced alternatives. Meanwhile, companies such as Algatechnologies and Zivo Bioscience are looking at ways to improve the palatability of algae.
Chemical firms should act as "instructive stakeholders" in the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, Jessica Bowman of the American Chemistry Council said this week during an EPA summit on PFAS. The ACC backs a "risk-based approach" that recognizes modern PFAS are different from "legacy PFAS," she said.
The Environmental Protection Agency's inventory reset is "critically important" because an accurate inventory is needed for Toxic Substances Control Act implementation and to avoid unnecessary management costs, says the American Chemistry Council's Karyn Schmidt. The EPA must also issue guidance as it updates the list, she says.
Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is hosting an event today designed to recruit active military, reservists and veterans to work at its ethane cracker under development in Potter Township, Pa.
Companies can meet consumer demand for ingredient transparency by being vigilant about data collection at every stage of the product life cycle, write Frank Arcadi and Francis Trudeau of Sphera Solutions. "Sophisticated communication and traceability tools are essential to engage with supply chain partners as part of the extended chemical management team," they write.
Robotics technology that can distinguish between weeds and crops is gaining attention from agrochemical companies. Bayer and Bosch are collaborating on research into targeted spraying, with BASF expected to inherit that project as part of a pending assets deal with Bayer.
The American Chemistry Council says the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal on transparency in the science used for rulemakings is appropriate, protects privacy and access to research data, and is "virtually the same as the agency's policy put into place by Gina McCarthy during the Obama Administration."
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have the authority to release the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's toxicology profile on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and isn't blocking its publication, says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPA is working with our federal partners to participate in a unified dialogue and to promote the development of science and tools so that there is a cohesive effort to tackle this important issue," Pruitt wrote in a letter to Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich.
Trade issues between the US and China could lead chemical producers and other manufacturers to shift production from the US, said the American Chemistry Council's Ed Brzytwa and Saudi Basic Industries Corp.'s Greg Skelton during a federal hearing this month.
The EU has failed to persuade the US to exempt the bloc from steel and aluminum tariffs, said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea have received exemptions contingent on import quotas.