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9/24/2020

New data released by NCSolutions show that consumer spending on cleaning products has surged 34% since February, with sales of hand sanitizer, soap and antiseptics and disinfectants up 838%, 65% and 61%, respectively, in the past six months. "We've entered a new era for cleaning," said NCS CEO Linda Dupree, who doesn't expect demand for these products to fizzle out "anytime soon."

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ConsumerAffairs
9/24/2020

The 900-page clean energy package under consideration in the House of Representatives "is chock-full of government mandates that would raise what Americans pay for everything from the vehicles they drive to what they pay to heat, cool, and power their homes," said Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., on Wednesday. "If Democrats wanted to make real progress on clean energy, they wouldn't have dropped a 900-page bill and called for a vote a week later, without any time for thoughtful consideration through regular order," they said.

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The Hill
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Reps. Greg Walden, Rob Bishop
9/24/2020

The US can increase access to critical plastics and chemicals needed for personal protective equipment, disinfectants and other coronavirus-fighting products by offering tariff relief, said Ed Brzytwa of the American Chemistry Council, speaking before the US International Trade Commission. The American Chemistry Council shared a list of substances in need of tariff relief.

9/24/2020

PTT Global Chemical America has agreed to source 15,000 barrels per day of ethane from Range Resources for its proposed cracker in Ohio, pending a final investment decision on the project. PTT Global will use the feedstock to produce polyethylene.

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Reuters
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Range Resources
9/24/2020

INEOS Styrolution and AmSty will build a post-consumer polystyrene chemical recycling facility in Channahon, Ill., using Agilyx' technology to produce a "virgin-equivalent styrene monomer." The project is currently in the engineering design phase.

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Recycling Today
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AmSty
9/24/2020

NOVA Chemicals is working with Bruckner Maschinenbau to develop a high-density resin for biaxially oriented polyethylene technology known as HD-BOPE that will make flexible packaging more circular, say executives Owen Lightbody and Eric Vignola. "HD-BOPE is an innovative and high-value film for companies that are looking for solutions to advance the circular economy and achieve bold sustainability commitments," they say.

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PlasticsToday
9/24/2020

Families who have children at home should pay attention to the task at hand when doing cleaning chores and not let themselves be distracted by phone calls, online meetings or other responsibilities, says the American Cleaning Institute's Brian Sansoni. "It only takes a moment for an accident to happen, that's why it's so important we do our laundry, we do our cleaning chores safely and properly and make sure those products are kept out of sight and out of the reach of children," Sansoni says.

9/23/2020

The pandemic-related surge in online purchases has increased truck traffic, boosting demand for biodiesel made from soybean oil and other oils. "When you think about the long-haul truck fleets, those are primarily consuming diesel so the demand on the biodiesel side hasn't abated," said Mac Marshall, vice president of market intelligence for the United Soybean Board.

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United Soybean Board
9/23/2020

Custom shortenings can be tailored to meet a manufacturer's specific functional needs for texture, stability, appearance and taste. "A cookie manufacturer may have a specification for a particular bite, a pie manufacturer for a particular crumb or a pastry maker for a specific structure and color," said Frank Flider, oils consultant for the United Soybean Board.

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United Soybean Board
9/23/2020

US dairy consumption has hit a record high, although fluid milk consumption is down, according to the USDA Economic Research Services. The downward trend in fluid milk consumption can be traced in part to higher demand for plant-based milk alternatives, while exports of whey and other milk powders continue to grow.