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EPA’s Pollution Prevention Program Claims ‘Not Provable’

There is no proof that the EPA’s Design for the Environment program has cut use of hazardous chemicals, according to a report released by the agency’s inspector general, Bloomberg reports. In addition, the agency can’t claim the program is cost-effective because it has no controls in place to measure cost-effectiveness. … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Superior Energy Performance, Turbidity, NREL’s LEED

Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation in Macungie, Penn., has become the first US manufacturing facility to receive platinum-level Superior Energy Performance certification, under the Mature Energy Pathway category, as well as ISO 50001 certification. The Mature category recognizes facilities that achieve aggressive energy improvements over a 10-year period. ASTM … Read more »

Walmart

Walmart to Reduce Toxic Chemicals in Products

Walmart says it will work with suppliers to reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals in its products and cut its agriculture fertilizer use on as many as 14 million acres of farmland in the US by 2020. In its effort to reduce fertilizer use, Walmart says it will require suppliers that … Read more »

DuPont

DuPont to Divest Chemical Units; EPA Expands Safer Chemical Ingredients List

DuPont plans to divest a big portion of its traditional chemical business, including its Teflon fluoroproducts brand and its titanium dioxide pigment unit, Chemical & Engineering News reports. The company is considering a sale or a spin-off for the business, C&EN says, adding that DuPont will keep engineering polymers and … Read more »