Science Advisory Board members on Tuesday considered various aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency's science in rulemaking proposal, including whether the EPA should use "raw data" when crafting rules. "I think it's really about what is available," said Kimberly White of the American Chemistry Council.
California's Proposition 65 lists more than 900 chemicals as carcinogens, creating confusion for consumers and burdens for manufacturers. "We're now dealing with the statute that is being inappropriately applied to baby food, to infant formula, to coffee," said Karyn Schmidt of the American Chemistry Council.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control's proposal to regulate per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances as a class when identifying priority products under its Safer Consumer Products program is "seriously flawed," according to comments filed by the American Chemistry Council. The approach contains "misstatements and unsupported overgeneralisations," said the ACC.
Digitalization is essential for the long-term success of the chemical industry, and companies should prioritize digitalizing process control functions to reduce incidents and equipment failure, says AspenTech's Paige Marie Morse. In the process control realm, companies can use digitalization to gather data on equipment performance, identify opportunities for greater yields and save money by reducing energy usage and waste.
Chemical companies can reduce risk, minimize the time and money spent on compliance programs, and reap the rewards of continuous improvement by switching from a reactive approach to a proactive, outcomes-based approach, writes Raimund Laqua of Lean Compliance Consulting. Proactive compliance, unlike reactive compliance, includes planning ahead, having clear goals and addressing root causes.
Clariant is reportedly preparing to hold a bidding round for its pigments business, and may launch the auction in February.
Olive oil producers said that 2019 was a much better year for them than 2018, with 62% of survey respondents reporting above-average yields and 85% claiming their product was of above-average quality. Meanwhile, 25% of producers said they had been affected by extreme weather conditions and 49% named climate change as their top ongoing concern.
Demand from the fish meal and fish oil industries has led to unsustainable fishing practices and the potential collapse of fish stocks, according to a Dutch study of fisheries in India, Vietnam and Gambia. When processors began buying waste and bycatch fish, local fishermen began intentionally catching "everything in the sea," said the study by the Changing Markets Foundation.
A Danish study, published in JAMA Network Open, found that men who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements had higher semen volumes and sperm counts. "The composition of the sperm cell membrane with rich fatty acid content is critical for proper sperm function," said co-author Tina Kold Jensen, a professor at the University of Southern Denmark.
A new meta-analysis of 16 published studies found that coconut oil consumption leads to higher levels of low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol compared with other vegetable oils, and there is no evidence linking coconut oil to lower rates of inflammation, glycemia or obesity. "Based on a more detailed understanding of the fatty acid composition of coconut oil and the biology of these fatty acids our findings are not surprising," said study co-author Rob van Dam of the National University of Singapore.