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5/23/2019

The US is considering applying 25% tariffs to another $300 million worth of Chinese products and will make a decision after the next 30 to 45 days, says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The Trump administration is open to new negotiations with China, he adds.

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5/23/2019

The American Chemistry Council is working with California lawmakers to ensure a pair of bills that would set stronger standards for plastics packaging also allow new tools such as chemical recycling and offer regulatory certainty for manufacturers, says Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council. Companies nationwide are exploring new solutions for plastic waste, and the American Chemistry Council has set a goal to recycle or recover 100% of plastics in the US by 2030, he says.

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5/23/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency reiterated during a May 9 webinar that it still plans to finalize a proposed regulation on the use of science in rulemaking by the end of 2019. First, it must review and reply to nearly 600,000 comments.

5/23/2019

Congress should act quickly to pass the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as it is essential for free trade and supports US companies, write American Chemistry Council board member and Eastman CEO Mark Costa and Eastman Site Manager Shawn Pace. "Congress must preserve North American trade and expand the tools that promote innovation and economic growth," they write.

5/23/2019

ACC's Kimberly Wise White testified at Wednesday's Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing regarding classification and regulation of PFAS, arguing that tough rules against the entire chemical class were inappropriate. "A one-size-fits-all approach to chemical management and assessment of PFAS is not scientifically based," she said.

5/23/2019

Milliken will expand its Millad NX 8000 facility in Blacksburg, S.C., and hire new workers as demand for the polypropylene clarifier grows. "The new Milliken facility will expand the Upstate's ability to bring tangible sustainability benefits to the global plastics industry," executive Allen Jacoby says.

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5/22/2019

An industry expert called Canadian efforts to expand alternative markets for canola displaced by the diplomatic dispute with China "wishful thinking." Meanwhile, some producers are responding by growing peas or building new pea processing plants in Canada.

5/22/2019

As the US-China tariff war rages on, China has taken steps to expand domestic soybean production and to regulate the prices of cooking oil and other food products. The government monitors retail prices and can intervene with subsidies or by releasing grain from state-owned stockpiles.

5/22/2019

The impact of African swine fever on Chinese pig herds could drive the pork-loving country to alternative protein sources, a development that could have long-term influence. "If China is looking for a way to feed its population, why wouldn't they look to alternative protein and specifically, lab-based protein?" RaboResearch Animal Protein Analyst Christine McCracken asked at the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit.

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5/22/2019

Spanish researchers have developed a method for classifying olive oil using gas chromatography and ion mobility spectrometry to analyze its volatile organic compounds. They are working to isolate a small subset of an oil's "spectral fingerprint" that can classify it while reducing the amount of data that needs to be processed.

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