Health officials estimate about 80,000 people died from flu during the 2017-18 season, and while getting a flu shot is critical, hand-washing is a way to help stop disease from spreading, writes Melissa Hockstad, the American Cleaning Institute's president and chief executive. Global Handwashing Day was celebrated on Monday, but clean hands should be a priority throughout the year, she writes.
Half of all parents say that they involve their young children in their laundry room routines, but are they taking the right precautions? ACI's Brian Sansoni explains how to keep children safe in the laundry room, whether that be locking washer and dryer doors or keeping detergent packets out of reach.
The Environmental Protection Agency is reprioritizing its proposed regulation on the use of science in rulemaking, pushing its date for a final rule to January 2020. The agenda released Wednesday shows the EPA plans to finalize its proposed repeals of the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule in March.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering creating a new rule that would require entities such as chemical companies and utilities to prove they can pay for cleanup efforts if they cause an incident while transporting or handling hazardous materials.
Liaoning Datang International New Energy is featuring Covestro turbine blades made from polyurethane-infused resin at a wind farm in China. "The successful installation of the pilot turbine in Northeast China is recognition of the strengths of our polyurethane infusion resin and demonstrates that it is ready for use in operational wind blades," says Covestro executive Julien Guiu.
Amsterdam-based Photanol plans to construct a demonstration plant at Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals' facility in Delfzijl, Netherlands, to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide. "The Photanol team is keen to prove to the world that we can make a big difference by producing clean chemicals while reducing the CO2 burden on the environment," said Photanol CEO Veronique de Bruijn.
Belgium has updated its official definition of cream with a new draft regulation that lowers the minimum fat content requirement of cream, whipped cream and light cream. The first update since 1934 includes an alternative whole cream definition that allows manufacturers to decide whether to include fat percentage on packaging and gives dairy processors permission to use a "recombination process" for light cream and cream.