Weekly News Roundup

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 $21million and will be used to accelerate growth as the company preparesfor broad commercialization.

Carbon capture funding

American Electric Powerhas applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean CoalPower Initiative Round 3 to pay part of the costs of installing thenation’s first commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storagesystem 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 lawsuitin a federal court against Chevron Phillips Chemical, accusing theproducer of repeated violations of the US Clean Air Act at its CedarBayou 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.


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