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August 29, 2008
Cefic, representing the European Chemical Industry, and IBM  developed a state-of-the-art solution which will facilitate and ease the exchange of information between companies with the final goal to submit the registration dossiers as foreseen by the REACH Regulation. SIEFreach is a reliable and performing collaboration tool incorporating IBM software, hardware and services. The system went live on...
August 15, 2008
As fuel prices continue to rise, energy management is everyone’s business Market trends suggest that the demand for energy resources will rise dramatically over the next 25 years with the global demand for all energy sources forecast to grow by 57% and the U.S. demand for all types of energy expected to increase by 31% (see Figure 1). By 2030, it is expected that 56% of the world’s energy use...
August 15, 2008
On July 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.) released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) soliciting public input on the effects of climate change and the potential ramifications of the Clean Air Act in relation to...
June 15, 2008
The chemical process industries (CPI) are subjected to countless environmental, health and safety (EH&S) regulations affecting the production, distribution and general use of chemical products. To add to the existing burden, new global initiatives related to product stewardship — most notably REACH and GHS (see box, Regulations 101, below) — are joining the regulatory fray. "REACH and...
May 15, 2008
    U.S. petroleum companies are investing in new domestic refining capacity on a scale not seen in decades. Over the next five years the industry will add more than one million bbl/d of distillation capacity (see table), according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA, Washington D.C.; "It’s a step change in expansion,"...
April 15, 2008
Investment, production and consumption of biofuels are booming, thanks mainly to American and European governments’ subsidy and promotion. In part this is driven by fear of environmental enemy number one — global warming. The simple, conventional wisdom is that biofuels have smaller carbon footprints than competing petroleum-based fuels (petrofuels). Yet, as our recent study shows,* the...
April 8, 2008
Just a few weeks before the pre-registration phase of the European chemicals policy REACH begins in June 2008, the demand for extensive information and advice is greater than ever. In response, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is hosting another expert seminar on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) on May 28, 2008 in Berlin. The program, entitled "Together...
March 15, 2008
  This is an important year for any company that makes, uses, buys or sells chemicals or products containing chemicals. On June 1, 2007, the European Union’s (EU) Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) came into force. Implementation of REACH begins in earnest in 2008. Widely viewed as one of the most important pieces of EU...
March 15, 2008
On Dec. 18, 2006, the European Union (EU) passed a new law creating a single integrated system for the registration, evaluation and...
January 15, 2008
Last month, the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium) approved a new air-quality directive, which sets, for the first time, binding standards for fine particles. The directive on air quality is one measure outlined in the 2005 Thematic Strategy on air...
December 15, 2007
A plastic membrane that allows CO2 and other small molecules to move through its pores while largely preventing the movement of larger molecules like CH4, has been developed by a team of researchers from CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship (Melbourne, Australia;; the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, the Department of...
November 15, 2007
To ensure the health and safety of workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1983. Initially designed to protect workers in the manufacturing sector, the HCS was expanded in 1987 to cover all industries where workers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. This article gives an overview of the OSHA requirements for material...
November 15, 2007
American Electric Power (AEP, Columbus, Ohio; has agreed to cut its emissions of air pollutants by 813,000 ton/yr at an estimated cost of more than $4.6 billion in a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Washington D.C.) and the U.S. Department of Justice. The...
August 1, 2007
  Climate change has become an important strategic issue for many operating companies throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). Public interest is increasing,1 shareholder interest continues to mount,2 and climate policy discussions are actively taking place at the state, regional, and federal levels.3 Developing an effective corporate strategy for managing climate change, to measure, track...
March 1, 2007
DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; has commercialized a patented process that removes more than 97% of trace levels of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), its...
March 1, 2007
  After nearly a decade of preparation and debate, the European Commission's REACH legislation - a system for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals - was adopted by the Parliament last December, and enters into force on June 1, 2007. Chemical producers, rather than government authorities, will be legally obligated to conduct and communicate assessments regarding the...
December 1, 2006
    When in 1997 a United Nations’ conference at Kyoto, Japan, called into being the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it seemed that greenhouse-gas emissions regulations were just around the corner. Not so fast, was the world’s answer. The United States — after originally supporting the so-called Kyoto Protocol — turned around and rejected the treaty, which...
November 1, 2006
    More and more, it is recognized that business and science are interwoven, and that these disciplines can complement each other to achieve corporate goals. In the chemical process industries (CPI), a noteworthy role is that of engineering in helping management comply with regulatory policy. A common procedure for most process engineers is performing a mass balance around a given system. Once...
August 1, 2006
    China, one of the world's great growth stories, may become the world's largest consumer market. As that potential unfolds, petrochemical activity and investment are sure to be key drivers. China is now the 6th largest economy in the world, boasting a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $2.23 trillion in 2005; but measured on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis, China would rank as the...
July 1, 2006
    Air pollution is monitored by many different regulatory programs, some of which require that emissions be measured continuously. This task is often accomplished by directly measuring air pollutants with continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS). In recent years, innovative technology has enabled a new approach that predicts emissions from process variables. Industry welcomes predictive...
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