Some senators who took part in a White House meeting Tuesday said no agreement was reached on how to move forward with climate-and-energy legislation, but there appears to be support for a proposal that would limit emissions curbs to the power sector. Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., after the meeting expressed a willingness to scale back the scope of their climate bill, which seeks to impose economywide carbon caps.
Bioplastics producer New Polymer Systems has decided to commercialize a filler based on modified lignocellulose fibers, producing a bio-based additive that can improve performance while lowering manufacturing costs. The product, called Neroplast, can withstand high moisture and higher temperatures and can be mixed with polypropylene, polyethylene and polyamide. Its uses vary from landscaping and roofing to automotive applications.
President Barack Obama wants the Senate to advance energy legislation that puts a price on carbon emissions, according to Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who were among the multiparty group of lawmakers that met with the president Tuesday to discuss energy reform. But a White House statement released after the meeting indicated that Obama is also considering suggestions that do not involve pricing carbon.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is asking a U.S. appeals court in the District of Columbia to compel the Food and Drug Administration to take action on a petition filed in 2008 to ban bisphenol A from food packaging. In response, the American Chemistry Council issued a statement, saying that "the scientific process and the public interest are both best served by allowing the FDA to complete its ongoing review" of BPA's safety.
New York is poised to become the seventh state in the last two years to restrict bisphenol A if Gov. David Paterson signs into law a bill that was unanimously approved by the state Legislature last week. The measure, which would take effect Dec. 1, seeks to ban BPA in baby bottles and other feeding products marketed to children younger than 4. Meanwhile, the California Assembly rejected on Monday a proposal to ban BPA in the state.