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EPA and industry step up efforts to reduce HFCs

2:49 PM MDT | September 16, 2014 | Rebecca Coons

EPA today announced new actions and recognized private-sector commitments aimed at curbing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), greenhouse gases (GHGs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning. HFCs are one of the strongest GHGs in the atmosphere and are...


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ACC, Green Building Council join forces to advance LEED

ACC and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced a new initiative designed to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to the LEED green building...

DuPont fined for violations at West Virginia plant

EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that DuPont has been fined $1.275 million for allegedly failing to prevent the release of harmful levels of hazardous materials from its Belle, WV site on 8 occasions between May 2006 and January 2010...

OCI Partners gets greenhouse gas permit for expansion project

EPA has issued a final greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration construction permit for the expansion of OCI Partners' (OCI; Nederland, TX) methanol plant near Beaumont, TX. OCI plans to increase the plant’s methanol capacity by 25%, to 912,000 m.t./year and its ammonia capacity by 15%, to 305,000 m.t./year....

European Commission urges Germany to act more against nitrate pollution in water

The European Commission says it is urging Germany to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. The latest figures submitted by Germany in 2012 show that pollution in ground- and surface water caused by nitrates is getting worse...

RPM earnings rise, subsidiary agrees to settle asbestos claims

RPM today reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income up 66.4% year-on-year (YOY), to $108.8 million, on sales up 9.1%, to $1.28 billion. On an adjusted basis—excluding some charges during last year’s quarter—net income rose 14.1% YOY...

Evogene and Marrone Bio collaborate on biopesticides

Israeli plant genomics firm Evogene (Rehovot) and biopesticide maker Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI; Davis, CA) announced today that they have signed a multiyear, collaborative agreement targeting jointly discovering novel modes of biological action for insect...

Report: Reducing exposure to EDCs could save up to $42 billion/year in Europe

The European Union could realize health cost savings of up to €31 billion/year ($42 billion) by reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), according to a report commission by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL; Brussels). Research...

ECHA opens public consultation on draft SEAC opinion restricting nonylphenol, nonylphenol ethoxylates

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on a draft opinion by its committee for socioeconomic analysis (SEAC). The opinion is on a proposal restricting the use of branched and linear nonylphenol (NP) and branched and...

Report: China raises rare earth production quotas

China's mining authorities have increased the production quota of rare earth metals for 2014 to 105,000 m.t., about 12% higher than 2013's quota, reports say. The prior quota of 93,800 m.t had remained unchanged since 2011. China still accounts for the vast...

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