Weekly News Roundup

Posts from the green blog will still be sporadic for the next three days due to increasing work pressures (say it ain’t so Joe!). I am happy to note, however, that the weekly roundup was made possible by sheer persistence (and late night caffeine) despite its delay.Biofoam in cushionsCushion manufacturer Carpenter Co. has adopted Cargill’s soybean-based BiOH polyols for its new Renew™ brand of foam cushioning, that are said to be fully recyclable and available in a wide assortment of firmness and densities.Asbestos haunts ExxonThe Louisiana First Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s 2006 judgment awarding substantial damages to the family of a former ExxonMobil employee, Bruce Spillman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who died of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, in 2005.Lignin chems from WeyerhaeuserLignol Energy and Weyerhaeuser will explore commercial development of lignocellulose-based products and biochemicals using Lignol’s biorefining technology.EU revised spent battery law The European Union’s new waste battery directive started on Sept. 26. The new rule requires, among others, at least 25% of the portable batteries to be collected annually in each Member State by 2012, rising to 45% by 2016.Waste-based bullet-proof house panelsWelsh engineering company Protomax Plastics Ltd. has developed machinery to turn discarded plastic bags, old milk cartons and other waste products into bulletproof, fireproof panels for emergency modular housing and other construction uses.And in ICIS News (which requires subscription):

Japan’s Teijin will halt the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles indefinitely due to shortage in materials partly caused by an increase in used PET bottles demand from China.

A report by the Environmental Defense Fund ranks Seattle/Tacoma, Washington; Los Angeles-Long Beach, California; New York City, New York-New Jersey; and Houston, Texas, as the top four largest port polluters in the US.The US House Democrats said the next Congress should enact an economy-wide global warming mandatory program with binding emissions reduction goals under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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