Industry leaders and lawmakers including DowDuPont and Texas state Sen. Larry Taylor are seeking support from the federal government to build a series of protective barriers that would guard the Texas Gulf Coast from natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. Dow Vice President of Gulf Coast Operations Earl Shipp said that failing to do so would make Houston a less attractive place to do business.
The American Chemistry Council and California-based More Recycling have introduced the Roadmap and Value Chain, a pair of web-based tools designed to help recyclers and industry groups recycle polyethylene flexible film more efficiently. "Lacking awareness about PE film recycling is a big challenge, which is what WRAP is about and what these tools are designed to address while broadening our reach," said ACC Flexible Film Recycling Group Director Shari Jackson.
Congestion and service issues with the CSX rail system continue to cause shipping delays for titanium dioxide and other chemical products, according to the American Chemistry Council. "Some areas have improved, but by and large, there are still serious service problems," said ACC's Jeff Sloan.
DowDuPont has begun operations at its new ethylene and plastics plants at its $6 billion ethylene complex in Freeport, Texas. "These facilities are an integral part of Dow's investments on the US Gulf Coast to meet increasing consumer-led demand in our core market verticals of packaging, infrastructure and consumer care, and will enable our next level of earnings and cash flow growth," said Executive Chairman and Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris.
The rising cost of helium due to supply chain disruption is a major problem for chemists. A House bill that would ease helium drilling requirements may reduce research delays stemming from the issue.
Scientists Manuel Louwerse and Gadi Rothenberg have put together what they call practical tools to help researchers more accurately predict the solubility of small molecules in a variety of solvents. They say the tools are open access and can help formulators choose better solvents for products.
People that followed the World Health Organization's "How to Handrub" six-step hand-washing technique but started with their fingertips saw a greater reduction in bacteria, a study shows. "This study provides a foundation for effective best practices to implement on the frontlines of healthcare," says lead author Jacqui Reilly.
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission moved Wednesday to warn the public about organohalogen flame retardants in furniture, children's products and other items, as well as start a regulatory process to ban such products in manufactured goods. The American Chemistry Council expressed disappointment over the decision.
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission's Sept. 13 proposal to ban diisononyl phthalate, or DINP, in children's products is "arbitrary and capricious," according to the American Chemistry Council. "The most recent exposure data demonstrates that the cumulative exposure to the phthalates that are the subject of the rule is actually well below any level of concern," ACC said.
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