Vacation is over and news are piling up. Here are last week's supposed weekly news roundup but was never done in the green blog's eagerness to skip town early this week. The good news: there's another one coming up on Monday! I can't believe summer's almost over!
Sugar in deicers
Midwest Agri Commodities will supply de-sugared sugar beet molasses, for Univar's deicing and freeze proofing applications under their product line ICE BITE in the United States and Canada.
Lithium source acquisition
WestStar Resources has acquired two lithium brine projects, located within west-central Alberta. The projects encompass known occurrences of Lithium within formation waters.
Seattle bag tax rejected
Voters in a Seattle referendum rejected a city tax on plastic and paper shopping bags which would have required shoppers in the city to pay twenty cents for every bag they accepted at grocery, drug and convenience store checkout counters.
$14m for Novomer
Biopolymer developer Novomer has raised $14 million in series B funding. The round brings total funding in the company to approximately $21 million and will be used to accelerate growth as the company prepares for broad commercialization.
Carbon capture funding
American Electric Power has applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Coal Power Initiative Round 3 to pay part of the costs of installing the nation's first commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage system on its Mountaineer coal-fired power plant in New Haven, W.Va.
And in ICIS news (requires subscription):
Environmental groups Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit in a federal court against Chevron Phillips Chemical, accusing the producer of repeated violations of the US Clean Air Act at its Cedar Bayou chemical plant in Baytown, Texas.
Sporting goods that incorporate renewable chemicals are becoming more popular among consumers.
Demand from US biodiesel producers is squeezing supplies of fats and greases, tallow-based fatty acid.