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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.

Portland Harbor

Companies will Pay $746 Million to Clean Up Superfund Site

The EPA will ask more than 150 companies and other groups to foot the $746 million bill to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The proposed plan to remove 65 contaminants along the 10-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River will take 30 years, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. The agency … Read more »

Bioplastic Piping Cuts Landfill Gas Project’s Installation, Maintenance Costs

A thermoplastic resin piping system connecting landfill gas to the local gas distribution system will save operators money with reduced installation cost and minimal maintenance cost compared to steel, says chemicals producer Arkema, which manufactured the plastic piping. Arkema, Georg Fischer Central Plastics, and BioResource Development (BRD) teamed up to … Read more »

Carlsberg

Carlsberg, Suppliers Launch Sustainable Packaging Initiative

Brewery group Carlsberg and some of its global suppliers have teamed up to develop certified sustainable packaging materials that can be recycled or reused, minimizing packaging waste. The founding companies working with Carlsberg on the “up-cycling” initiative are: Rexam: cans Arkema: glass bottle coatings O-I: glass packaging RKW: shrink wrap … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Social Cost of Carbon, GHG Reporting, ‘Wasteful’ Pesticide Regs

The White House has issued updated values for the social cost of carbon, reflecting “minor technical corrections,” The Hill reports. The changes lower the central estimated value of the SCC in 2015 to $37 per metric ton of CO2, from the $38 estimate released in May. The Office of Information and … Read more »

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Honeywell, DuPont Urged to Destroy HFCs

Honeywell and DuPont should destroy all of their hydroflourocarbon-23 (HFC-23), a chemical used in refrigerants and a potent greenhouse gas, according to an environmental group. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a nonprofit based in Washington DC and London, today released a report that says China and India are expected to … Read more »