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December 17, 2012
SAE International (Warrendale, PA) says it is conducting an updated engineering review of the refrigerant R-1234yf for use in automobile air-conditioning systems. SAE’s initial...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Standards-group-to-reassess-R-1234yf-refrigerant_48423.html
December 17, 2012
EPA says it is working on a “state of the science” paper to update its research on low-dose health effects for endocrine disruptors. The findings will provide information...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/EPA-rolls-out-endocrine-disruptor-research-effort-to-assess-low-dose-effects_48420.html
December 14, 2012
EPA has finalized changes to annual requirements for reducing fine particles (PM 2.5), or soot, from the prior 15 micrograms/cubic meter (mg/cu meter), to 12 mg/cu meter. EPA's science...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/US-EPA-in-response-to-court-order-finalizes-revised-fine-particle-standards_48403.html
December 13, 2012
Levi Strauss (Levi's; San Francisco), the world's largest denim brand, says it has committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Levis-joins-Greenpeaces-Detox-campaign_48325.html
December 12, 2012
A consortium including US EPA and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPC) says it is collaborating in a global effort to assess the potential adverse impact of nanomaterials...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/US-officials-seek-data-on-nanomaterials_48285.html
December 7, 2012
Researchers reviewing datasets compiled by the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) say in a recent study that they have been unable to establish a link between...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Study-questions-validity-of-methods-used-to-link-BPA-exposure-and-heart-disease_48216.html
December 7, 2012
Esprit (Hong Kong) has joined a growing list of fashion retailers to commit to Greenpeace's Detox campaign and pledge to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Fashion-brand-Esprit-joins-Greenpeaces-Detox-campaign_48211.html
December 5, 2012
DuPont says a recent survey finds consumers in urban areas of China increasingly prefer consumer articles made from biobased materials if those are comparable to other products in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/DuPont-survey-shows-increasing-preference-for-green-products-among-urban-Chinese_48158.html
December 5, 2012
The law firm Bergeson & Campbell (Washington) says it has formed an industry group for companies involved in the biobased chemical, biofuel, and renewable energy markets. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Law-firm-forms-industry-group-to-represent-biobased-products-renewables_48155.html
December 4, 2012
The US National Association of Manufacturers (NAM; Washington) in a recent study says major rules US EPA issued in 2010 and 2011 will cost industry hundreds of billions of dollars and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Industry-study-tallies-costs-of-six-new-EPA-rules_48124.html
December 3, 2012
A recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study links a longer time to pregnancy to couples who have been exposed to certain persistent chemicals, including polychlorinated...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/NIH-study-links-fertility-problems-to-exposure-to-persistent-chemicals_48117.html
December 3, 2012
The US National Association of Manufacturers (NAM; Washington) in a recent study says major rules US EPA issued in 2010 and 2011 will cost industry hundreds of billions of dollars and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/NAM-assesses-compliance-capex-costs-of-six-major-new-EPA-rules_48116.html
December 3, 2012
The European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) has agreed to lend £100 million ($160.3 million) to Johnson Matthey, to finance the company's specialist research into emission...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/European-Investment-Bank-to-finance-R-and-D-for-low-carbon-technologies_48115.html
December 3, 2012
DuPont has released its 2012 sustainability report, showing increased CO2 emissions, up about 6% in 2011, to 17 million m.t., compared with 2010. Revenue increased 14%, to $38, 719...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Sustainability-report-shows-DuPont-ahead-of-2015-goals_48114.html
December 3, 2012
A train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ has caused potentially hazardous vinyl chloride to spill into local air and water, reports say. The derailment, caused by the collapse of a rail...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Bridge-collapse-causes-train-carrying-vinyl-chloride-to-derail_48113.html
December 3, 2012
Seed strife: DOJ ends inquiry into licensing practices. The US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust division has closed an investigation into possible anticompetitive...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/US-drops-2010-antitrust-inquiry-into-seed-industry-Monsanto_48110.html
December 3, 2012
Jahn: Distributors need clarification of Clean Air Act. With the 2012 presidential election over, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Washington) says it will work...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/NACD-to-seek-greater-cooperation-on-compliance-during-second-Obama-term_48109.html
December 3, 2012
The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA; Brussels) says it will highlight the important role that products of the global chemical industry play in achieving...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/ICCA-at-Cop-18-highlights-industrys-contribution-to-GHG-reductions_48107.html
December 3, 2012
A Louisiana district court has dismissed personal injury claims filed against Nalco related to alleged harm from use of the oil dispersant Corexit following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Judge-dismisses-injury-claims-filed-against-Nalco-oil-dispersant_48112.html
December 3, 2012
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it examined all proposals to test substances submitted by the first registration deadline of the European Union's Registration...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/ECHA-examines-first-wave-of-proposals-to-test-substances_48105.html
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