Washington state legislators are considering approaches to reduce single-use plastics, including possible bans on straws and plastic bags. "[T]he most appropriate policy is to allow customers to request a straw when needed," the American Chemistry Council states.
"Early stage" talks are in the works between the American Chemistry Council and Operation Clean Sweep for the former to oversee the latter as part of the Responsible Care initiative, as calls for OCS to mandate reduced plastic leakage increase.
Planning authorities in Pittsfield, Mich., delayed a decision on Wacker Chemical's proposed headquarters and innovation center on Thursday, seeking more information. The project is expected to create 300 jobs.
Chemical-makers in China are increasingly using coal to produce ethylene glycol for polyester fiber, packaging resin and other applications. Eastman Chemical and Johnson Matthey have developed a new process for using coal that is reportedly more economical and safer than alternative feedstocks.
The global market for the thermoplastic elastomer copolyester is expected to grow 4.5% annually through 2027, says Irish research company Fact.MR. Demand will continue to climb in the US and abroad, it says, driven in part by the auto industry's demand for high-performance materials.
US officials are debating whether to drop tariffs on Chinese imports to encourage China to make more substantive concessions in trade talks, sources say. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly suggested the move, but US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reportedly is concerned it would be seen as weakness.
American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley has expressed support for a bill currently awaiting President Donald Trump's signature that would reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards for 15 months. The measure "will give Congress time to work on bolstering CFATS and provide the regulatory certainty needed to support the industry's ongoing efforts to safeguard chemical facilities and communities," says Dooley.
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the inter-agency review stage of developing a management plan for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and intends to release it once the partial government shutdown ends, says acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. A swift confirmation process for Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator would provide industry with "more certainty and confidence," says the American Chemistry Council.
The chemical industry's $1 billion-plus Alliance to End Plastic Waste "will exist as a mechanism to facilitate investment and to accelerate innovation in business models and processes and design," says Steve Russell of the American Chemistry Council, which helped organize the group. "The need is to develop new business models to accelerate investment and to engage all sectors of society in addressing what has not yet been a priority," he says.
Evonik has purchased Structured Polymers, a Texas-based startup that's developed a powder that maintains its inherent color throughout the 3D-printing process. Evonik expects to apply the technology to polybutylene terephthalate and other semi-crystalline thermoplastics.
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