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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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BPA Q&A with metal packaging group

As part of my bisphenol-A (BPA) article published March 29 on ICIS Chemical Business (ICB), here is my interview with John. M. Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA). Some of the blog’s faithful readers might recall NAMPA on the spotlight of a certain Milwaukee newspaper last year. ————–Q: Several food companies […]

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More US chemical exposures?

I was a little bit tied up with deadlines when this report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out two weeks ago but this is still interesting enough to warrant a post before the year ends. CDC said its recently released Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environment Chemicals was […]

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Green Danish in California

A very interesting development here is the recent agreement between the Danish government and the Californian environment authorities on green chemistry initiatives. The Danish Minister for the Environment, Troels Lund Poulsen, said this cooperation will focus on exchanging experience, training, and best available technology in the chemicals field, particularly on endocrine disruptors, combination effects and […]

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BPA war in Britain

The issue on bisphenol-A is definitely worldwide as in the case in the UK where the group Breast Cancer UK recently launched their “No More BPA” campaign today calling the British goverment for a BPA ban. In their campaign, the group cited a recent survey of 2,101 adults where 61% agreed on a government BPA […]

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BPA overload

My colleague Simon Robinson noted the increasing hits on ICB’s bisphenol-A (BPA) chemical profile online, which was published last year in October. Last week, it generated over 1300 hits. Barbara Ortner, another colleague and author of the Chemicals Confidential blog, dubbed BPA as the current most hated chemical as it is constantly splashed through the […]

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FMC challenges EPA carbofuran ban

The green blog has been covering the carbofuran issue ever since the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided in 2008 to cancel the pesticide’s registration because of concern for its health safety. Carbofuran is an N-methyl carbamate insecticide and nematicide that has been registered to control pests in soil and on leaves in a variety […]

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Jessica Biel and stars make a splash at Dow Live Earth Run for Water launch event

BY JOSEPH CHANG Celebrity Star Power! – not at your typical chemical industry event. But the launch of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water event – “the largest global water initiative in history” – drew out a number of celebs supporting the cause, including actress Jessica Biel, musicians Pete Wentz and Angelique Kidjo, water advocate Alexandra Cousteau […]

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Union demand HF ban

Trade union United Steelworkers (USW) is calling for the phaseout of hydrogen fluoride, an acid used as a catalyst in the alkylation unit for high-octane petroleum production, stating that the chemical is health hazard to workers in petroleum refineries. The demand for the ban comes at a time when several petroleum refineries this year had […]

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Can certification solve E-waste problems?

The Netherlands-based Ewaste Foundation is hoping certification can help defuse E-waste dumping into developing countries such as Africa and China coming from European as well as from the US. How it works? It’s like buying those carbon offset credits but unlike tree planting, your money will be used to to process and dismantle the corresponding […]

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