The Government Accountability Office is examining upon congressional request whether guidance documents issued by federal agencies are considered rules. If so, such documents would be subject to the Congressional Review Act and must be submitted to Congress before taking effect.
Recycling is an important part of assessing plastics sustainability, and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and improving resource efficiency should also be taken in account, writes Steve Russell, American Chemistry Council vice president of plastics, in his review of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's report "The New Plastics Economy -- Catalysing Action." "The path toward a more sustainable future lies in looking across the full life cycle of our products," Russell writes.
Federal agencies and industry groups should play a role in developing and implementing alternative testing methods, specifically non-animal options, according to a draft from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods.
The American Chemistry Council and Association of Plastic Recyclers have released new guidance to help grocery-store pharmacies increase rigid-plastics recycling. The plan includes setting up dedicated recycling bins for "behind-the-counter" stock bottles and other plastics.
Executives gathered to talk about how to persuade more children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. "I think everyone can fall in love with STEM, but it's hard work to get into math and science," said Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical CEO.
Leaders need to ensure that the compassion they offer to employees doesn't devalue or dishonor the work of others, writes Dan Rockwell. "Compassion calls for exceptional performance from capable team members," he argues.
Givaudan is preparing to break ground on a fragrance encapsulation facility for the fabric and personal care industries in Singapore. "Consumers in high growth markets are increasing their demand for encapsulation technologies for their favorite fragranced products," noted CEO Gilles Andrier.
The Better Society Network has awarded Firmenich the 2017 Ethical Business Award for ethical best practices, which include partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on sanitation, signing the Paris Pledge for Action and pledging to combat global obesity. "I truly believe that business must play a leading role in addressing some of the world's most critical challenges," CEO Gilbert Ghostine said.
The Trump administration doesn't necessarily have to replace the Clean Power Plan if the regulation is repealed, said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. The Clean Air Act was meant to "set up to address local and regional air pollutants," not regulate greenhouse gas emissions, Pruitt said.
The administration's proposed budget would offer more money for Toxic Substances Control Act implementation while ending other areas of toxics risk review and prevention funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA said its resources will be sufficient and that evaluation efforts would be focused on "intended" chemical uses.
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