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8/7/2020

Groups supporting the Navajo and Pueblo tribes met with EPA officials to push for limits on possible easing of methane emission standards. More community input is needed before a decision is made and a ruling should be delayed, especially amid the pandemic, said environmental advocate Carol Davis.

8/7/2020

The EPA changed the language of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance reporting rule signed by Administrator Andrew Wheeler in June, says Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. The published rule -- posted in the Federal Register in July -- is different from the rule signed by Wheeler in that it doesn't include a requirement that any part of a product coated with certain PFAS is subject to the reporting rule.

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Sen. Tom Carper
8/7/2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed legislation requiring companies that use ethylene oxide to report any spill within 24 hours to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

8/7/2020

Former Honeywell CEO David Cote says that to be good leaders executives should look beyond the short-term -- notably, worry less about quarterly performance -- and develop an embracing, winning work culture. "Develop intelligent growth plans and fund them and monitor them with good strong inchstones...not just milestones," he says.

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Forbes
8/7/2020

There were 236,698 million short tons of ethylene shipped out of the US during the first half of the year, up 98% from the same period last year, said the US International Trade Commission. Driving the increase was increased output by the Enterprise Products Partners terminal in the Houston Ship Channel.

8/7/2020

A draft permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would require Johnson Controls to limit its discharge of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at its facility in Marinette County, Wis.

8/7/2020

Artificial intelligence, in particular machine learning, can help chemical companies improve operational efficiencies and help save on costs, from plants to sites. "What's changing is that the technology is now much more accessible and engineers find it much easier to apply," says AspenTech chemical industry director Paige Marie Morse.

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Chemical Processing
8/6/2020

The importance of sustainability in the mind of US consumers has not decreased during the coronavirus pandemic, with 85% of respondents to a new survey from Genomatica saying they've been thinking about sustainability as much or more so than they did before the crisis. The survey also found 56% of participants want the government and brands to put sustainability first, 82% rely on natural cleaners to defend against the coronavirus and 50% would use natural cleaning products.

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Green Chemicals Blog
8/6/2020

The Environmental Protection Agency's failure to complete assessments of the first nine of 10 chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act is adding to uncertainty for the chemical industry, experts say. If the assessments are incomplete and Joe Biden wins the presidential election, the delay would leave the new administration responsible for writing the risk management rules.

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8/6/2020

The Surface Transportation Board's rule to make rate review proceedings more efficient for determining market dominance is a key step in offering a "streamlined alternative to demonstrate railroad market dominance in certain rate cases," said the American Chemistry Council. "It is critically important for all shippers to have a workable process to challenge excessive, non-competitive rail rates," said the ACC.

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