The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a Thursday ruling from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals that may require it to consider conditions of use for legacy chemicals such as lead under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The American Chemistry Council says the EPA should focus on chemicals in commerce -- as opposed to ones that are no longer being manufactured -- and agrees with a portion of the ruling, which supports the EPA's decision to exclude risks from disposed legacy substances under TSCA.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released three webpages that will help companies track pre-manufacture notices, significant new use notices and other activities pertaining to new chemical submissions under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The first, combined with two others that share updates on notices of commencement of manufacture or import and TSCA section 5 test data, will "increase transparency and make information on new chemicals easier to find," it says.
The New York Times' report on the Environmental Protection Agency's draft supplement on its science in rulemaking rule, which has yet to be released, is "completely false," says the EPA. The report "leaked preliminary, draft documents that are not accurate and do not include the final text submitted," including that the rule could be applied retroactively under the supplement, it says.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter A. Defazio, D-Ore., is prioritizing passage of a major infrastructure bill as current surface transportation funding will run out next year. DeFazio is aiming big for resilient infrastructure and fossil fuel reductions despite lacking the expected support of President Trump, but he's hopeful Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., and the House Ways and Means Committee will figure out a way to pay for it.
Covestro President Haakan Jonsson will assume the roles of chairman and CEO in January and has said the company will focus on innovation, sustainability and digitalization under his leadership. Innovation has always enabled growth for Covestro, says Jonsson, adding that the company will continue to seek new, diverse talent and ensure 80% of its spending on innovation aligns with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Replacing petroleum-based chemicals with ones made from chemical recycling processes requires innovation, stable policies and corporate changes, especially "in developing economies, where policies and recycling infrastructure are not yet widespread," says International Energy Agency chemicals analyst Kim Tae-Yoon. "There is a chance" innovation will accelerate quickly enough to offset crude oil feedstocks, but demand for the latter is expected to increase until then.
Columnist John Richardson writes that polyethylene producers must accept that a "PE down-cycle of historic depths" is on its way due to trade issues between the US and China and their effect on the global economy, an increasing focus on plastic waste and capacity additions coming online in the US. "Investment will instead switch to mechanical and chemicals recycling," he writes.
Trinseo is working with INEOS Styrolution and Agilyx to develop a chemical recycling plant in Europe that will process 50 tons of post-consumer polystyrene waste per day. "Few other mass-produced polymers can be as fully returned to original form and re-used as polystyrene," says Trinseo's Nicolas Joly.
A hand-shaped robot called Pepe, developed by Scottish and Indian researchers, was deployed as part of a pilot project at a Kerala, India, school to promote proper hand-washing among children. Pepe helped improve the rate at which children washed their hands by 40% and doubled the amount of time they spent washing.
Richard Sedlak will retire at the end of the year from his role as the executive vice president of technical and international affairs at the American Cleaning Institute, wrapping up a career within the association that's covered more than four decades. James Kim, who is currently the organization's associate vice president of science and regulatory affairs, will take on the role of leading ACI's technical and regulatory team beginning January 1, 2020.
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