The US chemical industry cannot support any level of tariffs, says American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. "Only zero tariffs will maximize our industry's potential to deliver innovative products to new regions and increase social, environmental and economic sustainability around the world," he says.
BASF's Verbund strategy for linking production sites represents one of the world's most efficient supply chains, writes Steve Bunker. "BASF has six Verbund sites that create efficient value chains that extend from basic chemicals basic chemicals to high-value-added products such as coatings and crop protection agents," he writes.
Dow Chemical has awarded Procter & Gamble a 2018 Award for Packaging Innovation for its Air Assist technology. The liquid packaging design uses 50% less plastic than a rigid bottle.
New York's law requiring household cleaning product manufacturers to list all known and rationally present chemicals is a challenging condition, write Michael Gerrard, a Columbia Law School climate change law center faculty director professor and Arnold & Porter senior counsel, and Edward McTiernan, an Arnold & Porter partner. The law, set to take effect in July, obliges companies to, among other responsibilities, list ingredients on a website and include research on possible health and environmental repercussions.
The American Cleaning Institute is "disappointed at the sensational claims" made by researchers whose study suggests the cleaning product and disinfectant usage contributes to the risk of children being overweight. The study's assumptions "don't really hold up," said ACI's Richard Sedlak, adding that the "proper use of household cleaners and disinfectants is a contributor to infection control and healthy homes." Read ACI's in-depth statement rebutting claims made about cleaning products and disinfectants here.
The UK government may loosen some of the EU's recent restrictions regarding gene editing after 33 agri-tech scientists sent an open letter to Michael Gove, UK secretary of state for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. A spokesperson said that despite the European Court of Justice deciding otherwise, the department's position "remains that gene-edited organisms should not be subject to GM regulation if the changes to their DNA could have occurred naturally or through traditional breeding methods."
The Public Health Foundation of India has been managing a multicountry study of the effectiveness of maternal DHA supplementation during pregnancy and lactation on children's cognitive development. The pre- and post-natal trial follows 957 pregnant women taking either a supplement of 400 milligrams of algal-derived DHA or a placebo every day.
The US did not impose tariffs on vinyl chloride, paraffin wax and 140 other plastic and chemical products, removing them from its list affecting $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, said the American Chemistry Council. China's retaliatory tariffs announced Tuesday affect $11 billion worth of US chemical and plastic exports, ACC said.
Linde could sell assets to CVC Capital Partners and Messer Group to receive antitrust clearance for its deal with Praxair, a source says.
Converting from plastics to traditional alternatives such as glass and metal isn't necessarily the best thing for the environment, writes Tony Kingsbury of supply chain sustainability consultancy TKingsbury. Kingsbury advocates better waste management and urges people to consider how nonplastics could be harmful for the environment.