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Battle over RFS heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market especially current  drought conditions for corn crops (and even soybeans for biodiesel). Corn prices are going up and that means ethanol prices have been going up too especially when some ethanol plants have been idled because of the lack in demand, which could mean lower […]

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BPA ban on baby bottles, cups

The US Food and Drug Administration finally ruled today under its food additive regulations that manufacturers of polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups (including closures and lids) should no longer use bisphenol-A (BPA) as an additive. This action is in response to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) petition to amend the food additive regulation given […]

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Boosting economy with biobased products

US producers of bio-based products will be happy to know that President Obama signed a presidential memo yesterday that requires the federal government via the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program to track and increase its purchases of products made from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. The memorandum directs federal agencies to take […]

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Dwinding mercury cell chlor-alkali

I might have mentioned before that my day job is actually writing a weekly column for ICIS Chemical Business magazine, and one of my market coverages involves chlor-alkali (the production of chlorine and caustic soda). US chlor-alkali producer Olin announced in early December that it is exiting the use of mercury cell technology by the […]

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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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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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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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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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