The Environmental Protection Agency has not decided what it will do regarding Obama-era Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, said EPA air chief Bill Wehrum. "The reality is, the bell has been rung, and if you make the regulation go away, you can't make the cost that occurred go away at this point," he said.
A group challenging two of the Toxic Substances Control Act's framework rules has filed an opening brief, arguing that all of a chemical's "conditions of use" must be considered under the law. The Environmental Protection Agency must respond by July 5.
The US notified the World Trade Organization this week that it would participate in talks regarding its tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Russia, the EU and India have also raised concerns with the WTO.
Norfolk Southern has recognized the safe rail-shipping practices of 52 chemical customers. The railroad is a voluntary participant in the Responsible Care Partnership Program.
PPG Industries reported first-quarter profit of $353 million on $3.79 billion in revenue, with both numbers up from the year-ago period. Separately, Honeywell reported higher sales of $10.39 billion, led by gains in organic and aerospace sales.
Procter & Gamble is working with PureCycle Technologies to commercialize improvements in cleaning recycled polypropylene that could help P&G hit revised sustainability goals. Those goals include keeping all P&G plastics out of oceans.
Trying to avoid constant dry cleaning of their clothing was a factor for Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd in launching The Laundress, whose top-selling product is its Signature detergent. The company founders say that "we started The Laundress and developed each product as an answer to our own problems," which included "dingy white T-shirts, faded denim, and prematurely worn pieces."
Makers of cleaning wipes must stay current on ever-changing regulations, such as the Food and Drug Administration's rework of regulations on over-the-counter antibacterial hand and hygiene products, which affects hand wipes. Meanwhile, the North American flushable wipes industry is preparing to issue the fourth edition of its flushability guidelines, to include testing methods and labeling requirements.
Kimberly-Clark considers several factors when producing wet wipes, including customer preferences, cost and waste reduction, writes Leighann Burke, customer marketing manager of Kimberly-Clark Professional Partnership Products. Burke notes that "wet wipes are never developed in a vacuum" and that a successful product reflects "the power of partnerships along the entire supply chain."