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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-up for the Week Ended Nov. 26

8:45 AM MST | November 26, 2010 | By ALEX SCOTT

Two of the big news stories this week are centered on the polycarbonate additive bisphenol-A (BPA). On Thursday, the European Commission disclosed that it will ban BPA in baby bottles in the European Union (EU) from June 1, 2011. The ban in the EU contrasts with the decision in the Senate just a few days ago to reject a ban on BPA.
 
The commission’s announcement of the BPA ban makes Wednesday’s disclosure by Roquette (Lestrem, France) - that it is commercializing processes to make biomaterials that could replace BPA and phthalates - all the more interesting.
 
Beyond BPA, BASF has pledged €9 billion in investment and has agreed not to enforice job cuts at Ludwigshafen.
 
Four Die in Chemical Plant Fire in China: An explosion and fire on Saturday evening at a chemical manufacturing complex at Yushe Chemical Industry Co’s site in Yushe, Shanxi Province have killed four workers.
 
DuPont has agreed to settle a West Virginia class action lawsuit for $70 million, including periodic medical testing and check-ups for plaintiffs for a period of 30 years.
 
Meanwhile, chemical distributors wheels are turning fast again: A feature article with a series of interviews showing that confidence has returned to the chemical distribution sector after strong sales growth so far this year.
 
Beyond CW…
 
A high-yield, high volume biomass route to chemicals will soon exist thanks to a technology breakthrough claimed by MIT
 
 
Republicans in Congress are seeking to block EPA's climate regulation efforts just days ahead of the next round of international climate negotiations due to take place in Cancun, Mexico. "GOP ready to fight over global warming"












 
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