Weekly News Roundup

A hoi-polloi of green news last week, although nothing standing out except a couple of more algae developments. Coming out from ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) on August 17 is our Chemical Sites feature and I contributed an article about new technology and developments that help chemical manufacturers reduce energy use. Watch out for that!

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

Hexion biocomposite JV

Hexion Specialty Chemicals has partnered with Tekle Technical Services (TTS), a biocomposites company, to develop “green” building products for the construction industry. Hexion will develop resins, adhesives, catalysts and additives for use in TTS products.

Flower powers hydroplane

A biofuel blend made from the energy crop camelina (85%), jatropha (14%) and algae oil (1%) was used to power Boeing U-787 unlimited hydroplane, which is said to be the world’s first hydroplane test to use 100% biofuel.

Risky Canadian chemicals?

The Canadian Government has identifiedBNST, dimethyl and diethyl sulphate as chemicals of risks and recommenda virtual elimination of BNST use because of its environmental risks.Canadian regulators propose measures to tackle the human health risksof dimethyl and diethyl sulphate.

Solar grant for Air Products

Air Products will receive more than $1.5m grantfrom the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Program.Air Products will use its expertise in etch and deposition science todevelop materials that could potentially result in significant costsavings for thin-film photovoltaic manufacturers.

Arkema ends fluorosurfactant use

Arkemasays its Kynar® and Kynar Flex® polymer process aid (PPA) resins madeusing a new fluorosurfactant-free (FSF) process are now available.Kynar® and Kynar Flex® PPA resins are used to aid in extrusion ofpolyolefins like LLDPE, HDPE, and PP.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

The proposed US cap-and-trade legislation unfairly burdens the US refineries by awarding them fewer credits, according to the American Petroleum Institute.

Several chemical industry groupscautioned against a total overall of the US Toxic Substances ControlAct (TSCA) saying such action would hurt small and mid-sized businesses.

US biopolymer producer NatureWorkssaid that recent criticism on the viability of sorting polylactic acidresins in recycling processes, particularly for polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) players, resulted from a misinterpretation of thecompany’s research.

Germany’s safety agency,Bundesinstitut fur Risikobewertung (BfR), is recommending a ban on theantibacterial agent triclosan in food contact plastic materials.

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