Weekly News Roundup

My apologies for the late weekly news roundup as I am trying torecuperate from an exhausting (but still fun!) trip in California.

Coming up in future event coverage is the 100th year meeting of the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) in Orlando, Florida. Stay tune for that starting May 4-6. For now here are last week’s roundup:

Green pharma JV

SiGNa Chemistry, a developer of stabilized reactive metals for safer, more efficient industrial chemistry formed a partnershipwith Pacific World Discovery, a pre-clinical chemistry serviceprovider. The collaboration will allow both companies to better servecustomers across key areas such as fine chemical and pharmaceuticalindustries.

New enzyme contract

Verdezyne,a privately-held synthetic biology company developing processes for theindustrial chemicals and fuel markets signed a deal with Novozymeswhere Verdezyne will optimize selected genes that encode industrialenzymes. These enzymes will then be manufactured in microbial systems.

US army uses water-based paints

The Michigan Army National Guard is repaintingits facility and equipments with water-based Chemical Agent ResistantCoating (CARC) paints. The switch to water-based CARC paints is said tosignificantly reduces the facility’s hazardous waste stream anddisposal costs for painting operations.

Oil company in eco-crimes

Texas Oil and Gathering, its owner John Kessel and its operations manager Edgar Pettijohn pleaded guiltyin U.S. District Court in Houston to criminal violations related to thedisposal of refinery wastes at an underground injection well inviolation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Infrastructure needed for renewable goals

TheU.S. must increase incentives for a wide variety of biofuelsinfrastructure investments if the nation is to meet federal renewablefuels goals, according to a new report by the Biofuels Infrastructure Task Force of the National Commission on Energy Policy.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

The state of Michigan will provide$543.5m (€407.6m) in tax credits to support plans by four companies -including a Dow Chemical joint venture – to build lithium-ion batteryplants.

US environmental groups expect the US Environment Protection Agency to soon declare carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health and welfare and thus subject to federal regulations.

Novozymes has teamed up with China’s COFCO and Sinopec to develop commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production in China.

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