Weekly News Roundup

Interesting news last week was the introduction of the House of Representatives 2454 bill – the American Clean Energy and Security Act,by Waxman and Markey. This is the bill where the controversialcap-and-trade program is being proposed. Several news reports indicatethat several environmental groups are not satisfied by this bill, andenergy-intensive industries of course, are not happy either.

Thebill is expected to be voted on this week before Memorial Day weekendstarts. We’ll see how it will goes. For now, here are last week’s newsroundup:

Michigan’s electric vehicle plant

Fordinvests $550 million to transform Michigan Assembly Plant (formerlyMichigan Truck Plant) from a large SUV factory into a modern, flexiblesmall car plant. Production for the North American market of the newglobal Ford Focus begins next year followed by production in 2011 of abattery-electric Focus.

Engineering waste reduction

Water engineering and services company Ecospheresigned a deal with Science Applications International Corporation(SAIC) to jointly market Ecosphere’s technology to the oil & gasindustry where it can treat and recycle their wastewater, reducecompletion costs, reduce CO2 and methane emissions, and preserve vitalwater resources.

New green power plant

Rentechplans to build a plant in Rialto, California for the production ofultra-clean synthetic fuels and electric power from renewable wastebiomass feedstocks. The Rialto Renewable Energy Center (Rialto Project) is designed to produce approximately 600 barrels per day of pure renewable synthetic fuels.



Chicago restricts BPA


Chicago city council members voted lastweek to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups. Chicagois said to be the first U.S. city to adopt such a ban, which is slatedto take effect Jan. 31, 2010.



Sustainable packaging demo


Dow Chemical’s adhesives business and Nordmeccanica NA hosted a day-long series of trial demonstrationsfor package converters last week at Nordmeccanica’s Long Island, NewYork, facilities. The demo showcased various film laminates,water-based inks and Dow Mor-Free™ solventless adhesives forsustainability solutions for many food packagers.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Commodities trader Louis Dreyfushas acquired a 200,000 tonne/year refinery for biodiesel andpharmaglycerin in Wittenberg, in Germany’s eastern state ofSaxony-Anhalt.

Mitsubishi Chemical Co.,plans to build a pilot plant producing biodegradable polycarbonate (PC)at its Kurosaki facility in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan.

The Obama administration said last week that it will spend $2.4bn in part to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) applications at chemical plants, utilities and other industrial facilities that burn coal.

2 Responses to Weekly News Roundup

  1. Anonymous 21 May, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    The Mitsubishi PC is derived in part from biomass, but is not biodegradable.

  2. Doris 21 May, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Thanks for clearing that out! I wonder how much is the biomass part though?

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