The Environmental Protection Agency is working to streamline the air permitting process for chemical plants and other industrial sites, having set a goal to reduce the total time needed to six months or less. LyondellBasell and Total had to each wait more than a year and a half to receive air permits for Texas projects.
3M's charitable arm 3Mgives brings science, technology, engineering and math education into K-12 schools through several initiatives. The 3M Visiting Wizards program has been visiting schools near 3M's St. Paul, Minn., campus since 1985.
Researchers say they've developed a method of creating 3D-printed chemical reaction vessels that could allow for small-scale production of simple chemical compounds. "This approach will allow the on-demand production of chemicals and drugs that are in short supply, hard to make at big facilities, and allow customization to tailor them to the application," says Leroy Cronin of the University of Glasgow.
Giving feedback can be made easier if you explain why it's important and how it will help improve performance, writes Dan Rockwell. Many people don't want negative feedback, so remember to temper that with affirmation, he notes.
The Tetra dishwasher is small enough to sit on top of a kitchen counter yet can complete a cleaning cycle in 10 minutes while being remotely controlled from an app. The device doesn't use metal heating parts found in traditional dishwashers.
The American Cleaning Institute has created a safety poster that makes clear that liquid laundry packets are intended only for their designated use and not for human consumption.
There is a false perception that safeguarding the environment means rejecting industry, argues Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Now that serves political ends, but it doesn't serve the environment, because I will tell you this: To achieve what we want to achieve in environmental protection, environmental stewardship, we need the partnership of industry," Pruitt said.
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