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Jim Beam Distillery Fire Kills Fish as Runoff Heads Toward Ohio River

A massive fire at a Jim Beam warehouse in Woodford County, Kentucky – likely sparked last week by a lightning strike – sent a 23-mile-long alcohol plume into the Kentucky River, killing thousands of fish, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. Beam Suntory, the Chicago-based spirits company that ... Read more »

Tool Helps Clean Up Supply Chains and Offers ‘Highest Level of Material Transparency’

Consumers and forward-thinking brands are increasingly demanding cleaner, less harmful products and materials, and manufacturers that are attempting to “clean up” complex supply chains have a new tool to help them manage the process. MBDC and Toxnot, the creators of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, are collaborating on a solution to help manufacturers explore alternative, potentially safer chemicals ...

What to Know about New Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare entities are facing several changes when it comes to managing pharmaceuticals considered to be hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These entities include hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, nursing and long-term care (LTC) facilities, as well as clinics and reverse distributors. The final rule for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals was ...

While EPA Fails to Regulate Toxic Chemicals, the Industry Fills the Void

  The current EPA Administration has failed to create badly-needed regulations of new chemicals under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). TSCA is the law that empowered EPA regulators to ban lead paint, remove asbestos from our homes and schools, and ensure that our shared spaces don’t contain dangerous levels of radon or mercury. Congress passed a bill to modernize ...

Water Sites in 43 States Contaminated with Toxic Chemicals

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the known extent of contamination of American communities with the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS continues to grow at an alarming rate, with no end in sight. As of March 2019, at least 610 locations in 43 states are known to be contaminated, including drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people.

New Prop 65 Safe Harbor Warnings for Residential Rental Properties

On March 21, 2019, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted amendments to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (known as Proposition 65 or Prop 65) that add sections on safe harbor warnings for exposures to listed chemicals at residential rental properties. The purpose of the new regulations is to provide more specificity regarding ...

Anheuser-Busch Rice Growers to Increase Yield, Reduce Water & Nutrient Use

Farmers that are contracted to provide rice to Anheuser-Busch will benefit from the brewing giant’s new partnership with Indigo Agriculture. The sustainable agriculture company has committed to delivering 2.2 million bushels of its “Indigo rice” - that is, rice grown with specific environmental attributes; the company will offer its growers tools to help them reduce

Creating a Sustainable Packaging Solution Benefits All Areas of the Supply Chain

When it comes to the packaging, storage and transportation of chemicals, there is no one-size-fits-all solution due to the complexity of the chemical market supply chain. While one set of chemicals may travel from the manufacturer to the distributor and then on to the end customer, other chemicals may move ... Read more »

Levi Strauss, Nike & Others to Create ‘Unified Approach’ to Chemicals Management

Four major clothing manufacturers have agreed to share their “screened chemistry” approaches to alternative chemistries, with the aim of supporting a unified approach to chemical management across the apparel and textile industry. Levi Strauss & Co, Nike, H&M and C&A – all of which use similar methodologies in their efforts ... Read more »

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