The Environmental Protection Agency has released draft scope documents outlining the conditions of use it plans to consider for 13 high-priority substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. There will be a 45-day public-comment period for the documents, which include chlorinated solvents and halogenated flame retardants.
Environmental officials in Texas and Virginia say enforcement of environmental law continues during the coronavirus pandemic. Texas has granted extra time for compliance reports and the federal Environmental Protection Agency has loosened certain regulatory enforcement.
Huntsman has secured clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to produce hand sanitizer at an Alabama facility that normally makes coatings and adhesives.
Plastics will be an essential part in reconfiguring vehicles for autonomous operation, whether in the technologies required to replace human drivers or in the way the passenger space will change, says Gina Oliver of the American Chemistry Council.
"Folks are going to have this new pocket of time and we need to figure out how to protect them doing whatever it is they want to do inside their vehicle, whether it's work at a desk or kids playing video games in the back around a TV," she says.
Dymax will spend more than $21.5 million on a chemical manufacturing facility in Gastonia, N.C., that will create 59 jobs.
Some Senate lawmakers are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department to temporarily stop finalizing or implementing new rules that "are likely to result in an increase in toxic chemicals or air or water pollution." The EPA is "committed to giving the public ample time to participate in the rulemaking process as we continue moving forward with our regulatory agenda," said a spokesperson in response.
Lubrizol Advanced Materials in January began increasing production of Carbopol, a line of water-soluble polymers used in hand sanitizer, and is now positioned to help downstream companies produce one billion bottles of sanitizer per month. "Consistent with our message to improve lives, we have collaborated with our key customers, suppliers, partners and our global logistics network to provide the essential ingredients and solutions to help fight this pandemic," said company executive Bernardo Medeiros.
Lotte is shifting its business strategy to pursue continuous growth during the coronavirus pandemic, and analysts say the company will likely pursue mergers and acquisitions with downstream specialty chemical companies. In 2019, Lotte launched a $3.1 billion ethylene plant in Louisiana.
The Environmental Protection Agency's policy offering businesses relief from compliance with environmental standards because of the coronavirus pandemic is temporary, and the agency continues to enforce policies, wrote Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a letter to Congress on Thursday. "Diverting EPA staff time to respond to individual questions about routine monitoring and reporting requirements would hinder EPA's ability to focus on continued protection of human health and the environment," he wrote.
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