A memorandum of understanding between the American Chemistry Council and the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the next step toward advancing circularity in automotive materials -- an ongoing focus for US plastic makers, said ACC's Joshua Baca. "This partnership builds upon those efficiency gains by helping enable a circular economy for durable plastics in the automotive industry and potentially other industries," said Baca.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday delayed the deadline for enforcing restrictions on the use of phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) until March 8, 2022. In this piece, a team from Beveridge & Diamond PC discuss what the extension means for companies, as well as the EPA's work on rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substances.
Oxocare and other groups are calling for a review of an Echa risk assessment committee opinion on 2-ethylhexanoic acid and its salts, raising concerns about both the read-across underlying the opinion and a lack of comment opportunities. The American Chemistry Council's Oxo Process panel and the REACH Metal Carboxylates consortium supported Oxocare and filed comments with Caracal.
INEOS has agreed to purchase BP's chemical business, including its remaining aromatics and acetyls assets, in a $5 billion deal. "It's two big pieces of chemistry in that portfolio that we didn't have before. It completes the set," said INEOS Director Tom Crotty.
Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, a joint venture between SABIC and ExxonMobil, has begun commissioning a chemical project near Corpus Christi, Texas, featuring two polyethylene units and a monoethylene glycol unit. An ethane cracker is also planned for the site.
Dow, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation are using single-use plastic waste as an alternative to stone, sand or gravel as an aggregate for asphalt. "In our work with Dow, we conducted accelerated laboratory testing to show that the waste plastic will not leach out of the asphalt, either via the presence of rainwater on the pavement or as a result of vehicles placing stress on the pavement surface," said Bill Buttlar of the University of Missouri.
BASF and other companies are increasingly interested in polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate, a polymer made from purified terephthalic acid and other materials that is biodegradable. BASF's Ecovio brand, for example, is made of PBAT and polylactic acid.
Leaders can build trust by being curious about people, asking what kinds of help they need to be more effective, what their goals are and how they want to be rewarded, writes Steve Keating. "You cannot lead people who do not trust you," he writes.
Congressional Democrats are working on a stopgap funding measure that would reportedly fund the federal government through Dec. 3, as current funding legislation is set to expire on Oct. 1. The bill could come to the House floor as early as next week.
The White House is reviewing an Environmental Protection Agency rule to phase down hydrofluorocarbons by 85% by 2036 and the agency is expected to finalize the rule by the Sept. 23 deadline. Many manufacturers support phasing down HFCs, with the rule also laying the groundwork for the US to ratify the Kigali Amendment.
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