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Facilities Must File Toxic Release Inventory Reports Electronically

Facilities Must File Toxic Release Inventory Reports Electronically

Facilities required to report non-trade secret Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data to the EPA must file electronically as of Jan. 21, 2014, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register. The rule also requires facilities to submit any revisions or withdrawals of previously submitted TRI reporting forms using … Read more »

Toxic 100 Names Top Corporate Air Polluters

Toxic 100 Names Top Corporate Air Polluters

Precision Castparts, DuPont, Bayer Group, Dow Chemicals and ExxonMobil are the top five corporate air polluters in the US, say researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. BASF ranks No. 6, with LyondellBasell Industries, Renco Group, General Electric and Ineos Group rounding out … Read more »

Princeton Review Green Ratings

Princeton Review Announces Green Honor Roll

Stanford University, Cornell University, Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles are among 22 colleges nationwide listed on Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll, which measures the environmentally friendliness of the schools. Princeton Review, known for its college test-prep and education services, tallied the scores for 832 … Read more »

Switchgrass

Can Plants Produce Polymers for Plastic Cheaply?

Metabolix and other companies are exploring whether plants can be genetically engineered to make polymers for producing bioplastics in a way that’s cheaper than oil-based plastics, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Scientists believe the answer to cheaper bioplastics lies in plants, which can theoretically be engineered to function like mini-factories … Read more »

cooking oil

Sustainable Source of Plastics Ingredients Discovered

A new process can convert a wide variety of vegetable and animal fats and oils — ranging from lard to waste cooking oil — into a key ingredient for making plastics that currently comes from petroleum, scientists say. In their report, published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, … Read more »

USDA BioPreferred Label

USDA Designates New BioPreferred Categories

The US Department of Agriculture has designated eight new biobased product categories for preferred federal procurement. These include: aircraft and boat cleaners; automotive care products, engine crankcase oil; gasoline fuel additives; metal cleaners and corrosion removers; microbial cleaning products; paint removers; and water turbine bearing oils. The new categories will … Read more »

Green Chemistry Commitment

Universities Sign Green Chemistry Commitment

The University of California-Berkeley, University of Minnesota, Northeastern University and 10 other colleges and universities that have signed the Green Chemistry Commitment, intended to increase the number of green chemists and scientists in the US and the business opportunities available to them. Dow Chemical is an official partner, a Green … Read more »

plastic bottles

Green Plastics Process Discovered

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Xylene chemicals are used to produce PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is used in many products including soda … Read more »