October 5, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

Last week was rife with news about the EPA's plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants and manufacturing facilities, as well as planned shake up of EPA's existing chemicals management program (TSCA).

Chemical industry organizations seem ok with the TSCA reform although the same cannot be said with the greenhouse gas emissions regulation. The EPA estimates that its anticipated rulemaking on GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act will likely apply to 14,000 US power stations, refineries and factories. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) was quick to challenge the agency stating that the EPA lacked the legal authority to decide which facilities should be regulated and which should be exempted.

More on those issues in the coming days ahead. Meanwhile, here are this week's news roundup.

Biomass fuel association formed
Advanced biofuel producers announced the formation of the Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association (LCSFA) representing the Biomass-to-Liquids (BtL) industry. The LCSFA was formed to address existing legislative and regulatory inequities that have slowed or even hindered the development of advanced biofuels.

Arkema's recycle solution

Arkema has developed Rcycle™, a global service package based on recycling biobased Rilsan® and Pebax® technical polymers. Rcycle™ covers the collection and sorting of waste, and its reuse in a range of recycled polymers.

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