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Weekly News Roundup

For those who are subscribers of ICIS Chemical Business (ICB), I hope you’ll read my latest article about new glycerin applications, which was just published yesterday. As any oleochemical insider knows, glycerine is a big potential feedstock for the production of epichlorohydrin (an intermediate in the production of epoxy resins). My colleague Serena Seng noted […]

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EPA to start regulating GHG

So I finally finished my article about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate under the Clean Air Act (CAA) greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. This is very timely given that agency published its final rule yesterday (and my deadline is this week). Here’s a little bit of a snapshot of the GHG […]

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Petroleum people are not anti-green

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) reiterated yesterday that their members are not anti-green jobs or anti-clean energy, they just want Congress not to over-tax and over-regulate the domestic refining and petrochemical industry into extinction. NPRA president Charles Drevna presented the industry’s views yesterday at a hearing entitled “Clean Energy Policies That Reduce Our […]

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Weekly News Roundup

No rest for the weary, that’s all I can say… Here are this week’s news roundup that was supposed to be posted on Monday:Camelina and coal in jet fuelAccelergy Corporation and Great Plains Oil & Exploration – The Camelina Company have joined forces in the development of biojet fuel made from blended camelina oil and […]

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Regulation pushes fragrance vs flavours

Increasing regulatory issues pushed the fragrance group of the European Flavours and Fragrance Association (EFFA) to move its regulatory and advocacy activities to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) effective January 1, 2010. Cristina Arregui, EFFA’s manager on Reach (Europe’s ongoing chemical legislation) will move to the newly created IFRA EU affairs department, according to the […]

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BPA demand soft

I wonder if continuous pressure from advocates and regulators are finally affecting demand for bisphenol-A (BPA)? BPA producer Hexion Specialty Chemicals recently announced its plans to indefinitely idle its BPA3 production unit, part of its manufacturing complex in Deer Park, Texas. Hexion said the decision was made because of continued soft demand for BPA due […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is back from her long weekend vacation and lost $20for playing slots. She consoled herself by buying a 50% discountedpurse. Not much news last week probably because of the religious holidays. Watch out for my post about Shell’s Eco-marathonthis coming weekend! Hopefully there will be lots of exciting news(which I will twitter) […]

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US anti-chemical campaigns intensify

ICIS News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday about the intensifying anti-chemical attacks from state-legislative and advocacy groups and that according to the American Chemistry Council, it is getting harder for the chemical industry to contest them. Josh Young, ACC director of state affairs spoke at the 2009 Global Chemical Regulations Conference (GlobalChem) that was held […]

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New York buzz on BPA

Several New York news are recently buzzing about bisphenol-A (BPA) in polycarbonate baby bottles as Senator Charles Schumer (along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of Calif. and Rep. Edward Markey of Mass.) led a nationwide proposal to ban the plastic bottles. Early March, New York’s Suffolk county legislators voted to ban the plastic in baby bottles […]

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Coal in trouble?

The green blogger is in Bolingbrook, IL, right now to cover Elevance‘s renewable chemistry round table and the opening of their new facility. Fortunately, she’s a little bit early so has the time to blog a bit about the current coal situation. According to New York Times, 83 coal plants in the US have either […]

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