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6/26/2019

The Food and Drug Administration says that food and dietary supplements marketers can make qualified health claims linking consumption of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid with reduced risk of hypertension and coronary heart disease. While the agency said that the link remains "inconclusive," there is "credible evidence" to support the qualified health claim.

6/26/2019

A South Korean team has engineered a strain of the bacterium Rhodococcus opacus that generates high levels of fatty acids, fatty acid ethyl esters and long-chain hydrocarbons. The work, intended to assist commercial purposes, is published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

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Green Car Congress
6/26/2019

German pharmacology researchers have discovered that Mortierella alpina, a fungus used to produce fatty acids for infant dietary supplements, also generates a natural surfactant. "Even very tiny amounts of malpinins form a head of foam on the top of the sample vial," said Florian Baldeweg, a research team member.

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6/26/2019

Tariffs between the US and China already hurt the US chemical industry and will likely result in reduced demand for rail services, says the American Chemistry Council. Ongoing trade uncertainty may also hinder the nation's chemical investment pipeline, considering about 50% of the capacity is earmarked for exports, it says.

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American Chemistry Council
6/26/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed a draft risk evaluation of pigment violet 29 and has nine more work plan substances to review by December under the Toxic Substances Control Act, says the EPA's Alex Dunn. It's a "tall order" she says, adding that the EPA is also busy reviewing pre-manufacture notices for a backlog of 340 new chemicals.

6/26/2019

Chemical companies can strengthen ties with their communities and encourage resiliency through civic engagement measures, such as education and workforce development, says Covestro Chairman and CEO Jerry MacCleary. "Employees want their companies to allow them to do social purpose work in the community," he says.

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6/26/2019

Exxon Mobil and SABIC have reorganized construction plans for a chemical site in Corpus Christi to use 6,000 construction workers instead of the initially projected 11,000, citing community concerns about the influx of workers. The project will still require 400 permanent workers and 200 contractors.

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Exxon Mobil, SABIC
6/25/2019

Fertilizer Institute president and CEO Christopher Jahn will succeed Cal Dooley as president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, effective in October. "He understands our need to both build on and reimagine the chemical industry's leadership role in advancing a safer, cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future," said ACC board chairman Jerry MacCleary.

6/25/2019

On Thursday, the House of Representatives amended the 2020 Interior-Environment Funding Bill to include a provision that calls for a national approach to recycling. A report included with the package found that a national strategy would guide local recycling efforts and could be achieved through voluntary measures, such as standardized recycling labels.

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House of Representatives
6/25/2019

Linde says that it is planning a $1.4 billion project to expand its gasification assets on Singapore's Jurong Island. It will supply a local Exxon Mobil refinery project with feedstocks.

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