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New TSCA bill introduced

As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce introduced a bill last week which could overhaul the 1976 Toxic Chemicals Safety Act (TSCA). U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the […]

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Ethanol debate heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market day after day, it’s driving me nuts! (I’m writing an ethanol article this week…) First of all, the ethanol industry is in a tizzy over the ticking 45c./gal subsidy which is set to expire at the end of the year. Second, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Green Chemistry awardees 2010

Also forgot to post this from last week! Congratulations to Dow Chemical, BASF, Merck, Codexis and LS9 for winning this year’s Presidential Green Chemistry awards given by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)! Dow and BASF won EPA’s Greener Synthetic Pathways Award for their joint development of Hydrogen Peroxide to Propylene Oxide (HPPO) process. The […]

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California drafts green chemistry rules

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) finally put out online its draft for the new safer Consumer Products regulation. Comments are due by July 15, 2010 and may be sent to GCRegs@dtsc.ca.gov. According to DTSC, the draft regulation creates a systematic, science-based process to evaluate chemicals of concern in products, as well as stimulate […]

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Ethanol blend frustration

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) expressed their frustration yesterday on a statement about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay to increase percentage of US ethanol blends from 10% to 15%. The EPA now expects to decide on a higher ethanol blend in the fall. DOE testing on higher blends in cars produced after 2007 will […]

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Green dispersants wanted

I’ve been monitoring the news on chemical dispersants being used on the Gulf oil spill and my colleague in ICIS, Judith Taylor, wrote an excellent article about surfactants* as one of the active chemicals in dispersants. Many surfactants these days use natural fats/oils-based raw materials and ICIS Pricing recently reported* a slight tightness in the […]

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$1bn Carbon Capture projects

Can the US afford to spend billions of dollars to invest in this risky business of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects? So far, the US Department of Energy’s CCS investment is moving along as 3 companies — Air Products & Chemicals, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Leucadia Energy — are now on their phase […]

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Europe sets up sustainable biofuel rules

Ok, this is a very crazy day as our company is moving to another floor in our building for the 5th time in 5 years. I have not yet gone through all my emails for the past 4 days so for those who are inquiring about the incoming BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference […]

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California to ban plastic bag

Okay, now that I’ve got the excitement of the new IPhone 4 out of my system, back to blogging and this one is about California planning to become the first US state to ban single-use plastic bag. Last week, the California Assembly approved the bill AB1998 that would ban single use carryout bags and even […]

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Update on REACH

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything about the European chemical legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances). Under Reach regulations, substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of more than 1,000 tonnes/year and hazardous substances must be registered up to the November 30 2010 deadline. My colleague […]

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