Legislation to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances has cleared the House, but may go no further because the Senate does not have a companion bill. The American Chemistry Council has opposed the bill as a "one-size-fits all approach to regulating the wide variety of PFAS chemistries."
A ban on single-use plastic bags will begin Oct. 1 in Washington state, and customers who use a business-supplied plastic or paper bag will be charged eight cents per bag. The ban had been set to begin on January 1, but was delayed due to the pandemic.
The labor shortage is threatening to disrupt the recovery as freight railroads are finding it difficult to hire workers, further backing up the supply chain. Federal regulators are looking at the problem and are concerned about cuts in service and workforce reductions.
Dow announced better-than-forecast profit and revenue for the second quarter as consumer demand rebounded. "Looking ahead, we expect earnings momentum from additional improvements in consumer spending, international travel and industrial production," said CEO Jim Fitterling.
A researcher at Michigan Technological University wants to turn plastic into protein powder by using microbes to break down plastic. "In the end, all we're left with is microbial cells," said Steve Techtmann, an environmental biologist. "And those cells are made up of a lot of the same things in the food we eat: proteins, lipids, sugars and vitamins."
Sports and business leaders alike are turning to fictional soccer coach Ted Lasso for leadership advice, with an emphasis on how Jason Sudeikis' character uses empathy, humor and stories to connect with people. "He uses his superpower of emotional intelligence to balance competing personalities, foster an environment where everyone is capable of good work and build the culture of a team initially resistant to his charms," writes Ben Cohen.
The US House is expected to vote today on legislation that would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to set national drinking water standards for perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid within two years. The two substances would be designated as hazardous within a year of the bill's enactment, and the agency would have five years to determine whether all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances should also be designated as hazardous.
"The Biden administration and Senate lawmakers have tentatively agreed on a bipartisan plan to modernize our nation's infrastructure.That's welcome news for Americans who rely on an effective and efficient system of roads, rails, bridges, ports and pipes," writes Chris Jahn, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council.
"Unfortunately, the deal includes a new tax on many of the very inputs necessary to make these vital infrastructure upgrades. The provision at issue would resurrect expired excise taxes on 42 chemicals, critical minerals and metallic elements - doubling the original rates," Jahn explains.
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A petition to get a plastic waste initiative on the November 2022 ballot in California received the required number of signatures this week. The measure would tax producers of single-use plastic packaging and require single-use plastic packaging, containers and utensils to be compostable, reusable or recyclable.