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Trump’s Pick for Ag Department Post Pushes for Sustainable Farming Incentives

Trump’s Pick for Ag Department Post Pushes for Sustainable Farming Incentives

President Trump’s pick for Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation has pushed for financial incentives for farmers to voluntarily implement sustainable practices.
Should he be confirmed, he is expected be a strong voice on conservation issues in the next farm bill, but environmentalists say his programs have yielded “few benefits.”

Questions Surround Arkema Plant’s Risk Assessment Protocols; First Lawsuit Filed

Questions Surround Arkema Plant’s Risk Assessment Protocols; First Lawsuit Filed

Emergency generators and additional back-up systems at the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX, are now known to have both failed during flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey last week, and the first lawsuit over the event has been filed. In all, a million pounds of air pollutants were released in storm-tossed Texas from refineries and petrochemical operations; Bloomberg warns that effects from Irma could be worse.

Hurricane Harvey Left Massive Amounts of Industrial Pollution in its Wake

Hurricane Harvey Left Massive Amounts of Industrial Pollution in its Wake

Hurricane Harvey left parts of the south flooded, ravaged and without power. It also left behind millions of pounds of industrial pollution. According to cnn.com, since the storm made landfall August 25, “more than 5 million pounds of air pollutants have been released beyond the normally permitted emissions.” Unfortunately, the … Read more »

Can Trade Associations Drive their Industries toward Progress in Sustainability?

Can Trade Associations Drive their Industries toward Progress in Sustainability?

At a recent supply chain summit, attendees identified associations as highly valued groups in the drive toward supply chain transparency: they’re well positioned to help normalize new expectations across their industry and can also assist small and mid-sized companies, who might be lagging the larger players in their industry, by gathering industry best practices and creating sustainability roadmaps. Check out these examples.

Storm-Battered Businesses Offered Free Database Access: Debris Haulers, Toxic Chemical Info

Storm-Battered Businesses Offered Free Database Access: Debris Haulers, Toxic Chemical Info

Companies overwhelmed with storm debris can easily find waste haulers, equipment providers, and service providers on Wastebits’ updated website. And VelocityEHS gives free access to its extensive safety data sheet library.

Harvey Also Hits Chemical Companies and Manufacturing Enterprises

Harvey Also Hits Chemical Companies and Manufacturing Enterprises

Hurricane Harvey has disrupted oil and operations throughout Texas, which is expected to at least temporarily hurt chemical companies and manufacturing enterprises that will pay higher prices.

As US Exports More Natural Gas, Manufacturers Worry About Increased Prices

As US Exports More Natural Gas, Manufacturers Worry About Increased Prices

Now that the United States has become a net exporter of natural gas, manufacturers are concerned that the cost of their feedstock will rise and hurt their international competitiveness.

C&I Supplier Pleads Guilty to Toxic Substances Violations, Accepts $100K Fine

C&I Supplier Pleads Guilty to Toxic Substances Violations, Accepts $100K Fine

A company in Ontario will pay a $100,000 fine to the Environmental Damages Fund for regulatory violations in relation to the sale of tetrachloroethylene. Dalex Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to selling the chemical to an owner or operator of a dry-cleaning facility who was not in compliance with regulations. Regulations … Read more »

Manufacturers Indicate Their Brands Are Their Biggest Assets

Manufacturers Indicate Their Brands Are Their Biggest Assets

With the collapse of the president’s American Manufacturing Council, manufacturers have collectively made a statement that the value of their brands is far more important that proximity to policymaking at the highest levels.