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Firms Oppose CA Proposals

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Chemical Industry Council of California, representatives from U.S. chemical companies said a proposed overhaul of California's chemical regulations could cause more problems than it's intended to solve.

U.S. Expected to Adopt GHS

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

The U.S. is expected to embrace a globally harmonized system (GHS) that packages, classifies and labels chemicals.

Ethanol’sRail Effect

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

JPMorgan analysts believe transportation and other derivative markets offer the best opportunity for investors to capitalize on the fast-growing ethanol industry. “Investment in the ethanol complex anywhere in the world is fundamentally a play on government regulation.


Nova Unveils Better Resins

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

Nova Chemicals says it will introduce a new family of styrene maleic anyhydride copolymer resins to be used in products for microwavable packaging.

Refinery Expert Issues Predictions and Warnings

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

A refinery expert is predicting that high crude oil prices will lead to a global decline in ethylene and derivates consumption growth in 2007 and beyond.

Clearing the Air in Spat Over Household Fresheners

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

Has a spat between the European Consumers' Organization (BEUC) and Sara Lee Household and Body Cara created a pivotal moment in the relationship between the consumer and the chemical industry?

Dow Chemical Plan Stresses Quality of Life

August 14, 2006 6:38 am | Comments

Dow Chemical has launched its second 10-year sustainability plan with chairman Andrew Liveris saying the company's goal is no less than to improve the quality of life for mankind — and Dow's bottom line.

ACC Focuses on Ratings

August 14, 2006 6:34 am | Comments

The American Chemistry Council is preparing for the next phase of its "essential2" public education campaign, launching a new round of national TV and print ads in late September.


China Accepts Aromatics

August 14, 2006 6:33 am | Comments

Urumqi Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Chinese energy major PetroChina, has received approval from the central government to build a world-scale aromatics complex in western China.

GTL Plant Ready in Qatar

August 14, 2006 6:32 am | Comments

The world's first commercial-scale gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant was commissioned last month in Qatar, according to Foster Wheeler, which designed the facility.

Brazil's IPQ Has New Resin

August 14, 2006 6:29 am | Comments

Brazilian petrochemicals producer Ipiranga Petroquimica (IPQ) has begun production of a new grade of pressure-resistant high-density polyethylene called PE-100 for use in the construction of natural gas pipelines and sewage systems as well as for underwater applications.

Strong Growth Seen for Fillers

August 14, 2006 6:27 am | Comments

North American use of chemically modified fillers and reinforcements in plastics is expected to grow to nearly 4 billion pounds per year by 2010, outstripping the growth rate in plastics by 1-2 percent per year, according to Pennsylvania-based Principia Partners.

Another First for ExxonMobil

August 14, 2006 6:25 am | Comments

The Indian government has approved plans by Reliance Petroleum Limited (RPL) to use ExxonMobil's alkylate and diesel de-sulpherization technology.

California Panel Seeks Chemical Rail Car Ban

August 14, 2006 6:21 am | Comments

A California state legislative committee has approved a bill to ban many railroad chemical tank cars in the state despite opposition by much of the chemical industry.

Ban on Chemicals in Baby Products Sparks Debate

August 14, 2006 6:15 am | Comments

California's plastics and chemicals industries are regrouping following a vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to ban the commercial manufacture, sale and distribution of baby products containing bisphenol A or some phthalate forms including polyvinyl chloride.


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