Archive | January, 2010

FDA supports reduced BPA use

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today its support towards reducing the manufacture of products that use/contain bisphenol-A (BPA) such as in baby bottles, infant feeding cups and food can linings while the agency continues to dither whether or not to ban these products. The FDA said studies employing standardized toxicity tests still […]

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Biofuel R&D updates

The biofuel industry might be struggling right now but advanced technology developments are definitely still alive and kicking — especially if government grants and funding from both public and private sector are flowing in. There are sooo many news this past two weeks but the recent ones that came into my attention are Cobalt’s new […]

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New US biofuel consortia

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday the formation of two new biofuels consortia — National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB), and National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) — that will receive a total of nearly $80 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for advanced biofuels research. NAABB, led by the […]

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Green musical chairs

Our fellow green blogger G.U.R. pointed out the recent quick exit of Qteros CEO William Frey and the entrance of ex-Microbia chief business officer John McCarthy as Frey’s replacement. Qteros, for those who are not familiar with the company, develops biomass-to-ethanol process using their proprietary microbes. Looking through the blog’s archives also indicates Qteros’ partnership […]

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The green scene at CES 2010

I might not have attended the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas — I should!! — but there are plenty of media outlets to get information about the latest green gadgetry coming soon and w/ hopefully lesser price tags. CES even had a separate show floor called Sustainable Planet Spotlight that highlights the […]

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EPA’s 2010 goals

Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) director Lisa Jackson just announced in their blog her seven priorities for the agency going forward this year. These are (in shorter versions): Taking Action on Climate Change – continue to develop common-sense solutions for reducing GHG emissions from large stationary sources like power plants, etc.. Improving Air Quality – EPA […]

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Cereplast Q&A snapshot

A lot of press releases from bioplastic company Cereplast came out the past two weeks and since I’ve been planning to write an article about them for ICIS Chemical Business‘ February 8 issue, I might as well post a shorter version of my interview with the company today. I had the pleasure to interview Cereplast’s […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Sigh…maybe I should just put the Weekly News Roundup to Tuesday instead if I keep missing my Monday deadline…Here are this week’s roundup of last week’s news! Expanding animal fats bizDarling International has completed its acquisition of certain rendering, grease collection and trap servicing business from Sanimax USA Inc. Rendered animal fats are primarily sold […]

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Secret chemicals are out

I’ve been seeing this issue for days now and I might as well put it out before it disappears (which is probably unlikely!). A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which spurred the publication of a Washington Post article, talked about 17,000 chemicals that are being kept secret (their names and properties) from […]

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Happy New Green Chemicals!

Last month might be a holiday season but there are definitely lots of green chemicals that were still launched. This was supposed to be posted last week but unfortunately I had to do articles about vegetable oil-based chemicals, biopesticide, and news articles about the bioplastic company Cereplast last week. My goal is to do better […]

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