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California Passes Green Chemistry Legislation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed AB 1879 and SB 509, moving California on the path toward a comprehensive green chemistry program to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in products and the environment. AB 1879 establishes authority for the Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop regulations that create a process … Read more »

Sacred Heart Medical Center Designed with Green in Mind

The new Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Oregon is touting itself as one of the nation’s greenest hospitals. The facility incorporates energy efficiency features and reduces the amount of chemicals typically used in a hospital. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering and Johnson Controls, recently released the 2008 … Read more »

The Green Chemistry Tipping Point

It seems to have happened overnight. All of a sudden, everyone is talking about sustainability. Everyone is attempting to “go green!”  You turn on the radio or the television and within ten minutes you hear someone talking about the environment. Open the newspaper, read pretty much any magazine, and there … Read more »

Method’s Brand Architect Discusses Sustainability Initiatives

Eric Ryan, Brand Architect of Method, an eco-friendly home products company, talks to Geoff Beattie of Cohn & Wolfe at the recent SB 08 conference about the company’s mission to connect with consumers who have never used eco-products before, and the challenges of overcoming the less sustainable aspects of their … Read more »

New Jersey Mandates New Regs For Chemical Plants

New Jersey environmental officials have mandated regular reviews for safety upgrades at the 89 most dangerous chemical plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants and industrial facilities in the state, The Associated Press reports. Industry groups say the new mandates simply formalize reviews that already take place, and others say the … Read more »

Ethical Image Hard Sell For Chemical Companies

The Chemical industry places 9 out of 10 in Covalence’s EthicalQuote ranking (PDF), ahead of Oil & Gas. In 2007, the industry improved: Chemicals ranked 8th, outperforming Oil & Gas and Pharmaceuticals. Despite this progress, the Chemical industry seems deeply embedded in the bottom of the cross-sector ranking, far from … Read more »

DuPont, 3M, Daikin and Others Reduce PFOA

In response to the 2006 EPA launch of the 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program, eight companies have reported a significant reduction in the release of PFOA and related chemicals, putting industry on target for a 95 percent reduction goal by 2010. The companies are Arkema, Asahi, Ciba, Clariant, Daikin, DuPont, 3M/Dyneon … Read more »

Method Launches Green Cleaning Campaign, Industry Gains Momentum

method.jpgMethod Products has launched an advertising campaign called Detox Your Home that showcases the company’s biodegradable cleaning products, The New York Times reports. The campaign includes print ads, online banners and a search-engine marketing component.

“With all the green and health messages out there, we wanted…

JohnsonDiversey Releases Responsibility Report, Reduces Virgin Plastic

johnsondiversey.jpgProfessional cleaning and hygiene products and systems provider JohnsonDiversey has released its 2006 Global Responsibility Report (PDF) and says it has substantially reduced the environmental impact of its products.

In this year’s report…

Westinghouse Lands Chemistry Monitoring System Contract for Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant

Westinghouse Electric Company  has been awarded a contract to provide Primary Side Chemistry Monitoring Systems for Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant Units 5 and 6 in Bulgaria. Westinghouse will provide an on-line chemistry analysis system to replace manual sample collection and laboratory analysis of 16 primary chemistry parameters. The chemistry system … Read more »

EPA Penalty Signals Stricter Chemical Enforcement

A recent civil penalty against Dover Chemical Corporation has fueled speculation that the EPA has stepped up enforcement of toxic substances, a development that could compel companies to improve their reporting and inventory operations. Dover Chemical, which produces the vast majority of chlorinated products sold in the U.S., agreed earlier … Read more »

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