New York's Drinking Water Quality Council must take its time and use the best available science when considering maximum drinking water contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, says the American Chemistry Council's Steve Risotto. He adds that ACC doesn't believe that there is a scientific basis for grouping all PFAS together under one maximum contaminant level.
KW Plastics, Safeplay Systems, and Sony Electronics have won the American Chemistry Council's Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards for 2018 for their work on post-consumer recycled plastics products. "Used plastics are too valuable to waste and can be recycled to make high-quality, innovative products, such as furniture, car parts, home building products, fashion, and packaging," says ACC's Steve Russell.
BASF and Nornickel, a Russian mining business, have agreed to produce more nickel and cobalt feedstocks for the electric vehicle industry. BASF will also build a battery materials plant in Finland next to a Nornickel refinery.
Evonik Industries is selecting an engineering team for a $460 million nylon 12 expansion in Marl, Germany and expects to complete the project by early 2021, says executive Ralf Duessel. The project will increase the plant's nylon 12 capacity by 50%.
The UK's oil and natural gas regulator will hold a licensing round on the North Sea's Greater Buchan region early next year and is encouraging companies to explore collaboratively there. The Oil and Gas Authority, which will offer new data for the round, says the area may contain between 150-300 million barrels of oil equivalent.
A speaker at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists conference in Anaheim, Calif., last week said the oil and natural gas industry should make better use of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Darryl Willis, Google Cloud's vice-president of oil, gas and energy, said digital tools can sort through massive amounts of industry-generated data and speed up the seismic survey process.
Petronas subsidiary PC Oman Ventures plans to acquire a 10% stake in a block at Oman's Al Khazzan natural gas field, with production estimates of about 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day by 2020. Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production says the sale is subject to government approval and other conditions.
Three earthquakes on the same fault line occurred Sunday near Canada's Vancouver Island, although they appeared to cause no damage, reported the US Geological Survey. A magnitude 6.6 quake struck about 217 kilometers southwest of Port Hardy, on the island's northeastern end, followed by a magnitude 6.8 temblor just over half an hour later and a magnitude 6.5 aftershock six minutes after that, the USGS said.
Australian National University scientists say their study of seismic waves passing through the Earth's center confirms the inner core is solid but softer than previously thought. Using what's known as the correlation wavefield method, researchers detected shear waves, which only travel through solid objects.
Nebraska's Omaha Public Power District's board has proposed a move to generate at least 50% of its retail electricity through renewable sources while cutting its carbon intensity by a fifth by 2030. The renewable energy goal "will really work hand-in-glove with the reduction in carbon intensity," OPPD's Russ Baker says.