Weekly News Roundup

I’ve been tinkering with twitter for the past two weeks and I think this tool will be really useful in getting out interesting tidbits of information especially when attending conferences and trade shows. I’ll test out this theory at the 100th birthday of the American Oil Chemists Society meeting in Orlando, Florida, which will be held on May 3-6.

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And now, here are this week’s news roundup:

Glycerine fuel contract
XcelPlus Global Holdings secured initial contracts for 200 million gallons of its “green” fuel-oil supplement, GlyClene. The fuel can be made from any crude glycerol, regardless of the feedstock, including yellow grease. The company continues in negotiations with prospects in the poultry processing, electronics, paving materials and carpet industries, all of them large consumers of fuel oil.

Biodiesel equipment alliance
Engineering services ENGlobal and Greenline Industries, a major supplier of small-to-medium scale biodiesel production equipment, formed an alliance to pursue opportunities in the sustainable energy and biodiesel marketplace.Organic certified fragrances
Symrise has been awarded USDA (US Department of Agriculture) Organic Certification from the National Organic Program. The label certifies raw materials, both in terms of the farming method used and the way in which the ingredients are processed. Requirements include, among others, fertilizer and pesticide-free farming methods, conservative use of water and sustainable soil management.

Ashland distributes bioplastic
NatureWorks LLC formed a new partnership with Ashland Distribution to distribute NatureWorks’ bioplastic products in North America.

Green silver production
Reno, Nevada-based Itronics has a breakthrough in its silver refining process aimed at reducing costs of its refining process by as much as 40%. The small business operator announced in late February an expansion of its stage 1 refinery plan which when deployed would increase ‘green silver’ production ten-fold.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):
President Barack Obama’s proposed climate change plan would impose a $2,000bn (€1,480bn) tax on US consumers and businesses, the top Republican on the House global warming panel said last week.

Environmental groups West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Washington, DC-based Oceana intend to sue PPG Industries over mercury releases from a West Virginia plant.

US business leaders said last week they are launching a massive grassroots effort to block President Barack Obama’s plan to impose a cap-and-trade climate control mandate in the federal budget.

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