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Ethanol blend decision delayed

Just like the FDA delayed its decision about bisphenol-A, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also delayed its decision on whether to raise the allowable ethanol content in fuel which is currently at a maximum of 10%. The EPA said it will make a final determination in mid-2010 when more testing data is available. The […]

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TOFA exempted from REACH?

European manufacturers of tall oil fatty acids (TOFA) – a chemical produced from the byproduct of the pulp and paper manufacture, are hoping to have the product exempted from Europe’s chemical regulation REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances). The Hydrocarbon Resins, Rosin Resins and Pine Chemicals Producers Association (HARRPA) said that TOFA […]

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EPA to curb pesticide drifts

I guess pesticide is the topic for this week after reporting about carbofuran. This time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new pesticide labeling to reduce off-target spray and dust drift. The agency is also requesting comments on a petition to evaluate children’s exposure to pesticide drift. The new labels will have […]

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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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Clorox eliminates chlorine transport

Clorox announced today that it will modify its bleach manufacturing process in seven US facilities in order to eliminate the transport of chlorine feedstock to those facilities. ICIS news* reported that this move was driven by potential US regulations that could restrict chlorine transport or increase associated costs. Clorox will begin transitioning from chlorine to […]

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UK ban on phosphates

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is considering the ban of inorganic phosphates in domestic laundry cleaning products (DLCPs) and is soliciting comments about it since October 22 up until January 21, 2010. According to DEFRA, a regulatory ban is needed to reduce phosphorus pollution in the UK’s water system as […]

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Trouble in palm land

One of the issues hotly debated in the ICIS oleochemicals conference that I attended last week in Berlin is the sustainability of palm oil. Palm oil and palm kernel oil account for majority of oleochemical feedstock used most especially in Southeast Asia. Non-government organizations such as Friends of the Earth and GreenPeace have increasingly sounded […]

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ICB’s green automotive issue

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published this week its automotive issue and most of the topics seem to congregate on making automobiles green via fuel efficiency and use of renewable fuels. Andy Brice wrote “The Weighting Game” which talked about innovative chemical products (an example is biobased engineering plastics) that reduce the […]

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North Carolina starts plastic bottle ban

October 1 is the start of banning plastic bottle waste in North Carolina’s landfills along with clean wood waste, e-waste, wooden pallets and motor vehicle oil filter. With plastic bottles, the law encourages people to recycling instead, said Raleigh City officials. Raleigh residents, they said, can put the plastic bottles in their City-issued recycling bins. […]

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Your view on cap and trade

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) set up a polling website to gauge America’s opinion on the pending cap and trade legislation called ACES (American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009). Through several questions, the ACC explores possible effects of the ACES (or any other climate change) bill and asks whether you agree, disagree (or […]

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