Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 11:08 AM EST Dec 20, 2018 Lansing — An independent science panel has recommended Michigan lower its drinking water health advisory level for per- and polyfluoroalkyl, but changes are unlikely to be adopted before year's end. The 90-page report from the state’s PFAS Science Advisory Committee released Tuesday includes extensive research on the emerging contaminant long used in firefighting foam, tanneries, metal platers, Scotchgard and Teflon. The report makes 17 recommendations for future action on the issue, some of which already are being done by the state. The report cites several pieces of evidence indicating levels of PFAS lower than 70 parts per trillion — the current state and U.S. EPA health advisory level for drinking water — can hurt human health. PFAS has some links to negative health effects such as thyroid disease, increased cholesterol levels, and kidney and testicular cancers But the … [Read more...] about PFAS panel: Drinking water standards for chemical may be too lenient
BASF promotes recycling of plastic waste with its ChemCycling project Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is currently not recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery. But chemical recycling offers another alternative: Using thermochemical processes, these plastics can be utilized to produce syngas or oils. The resulting recycled raw materials can be used as inputs in BASF’s production, thereby partially replacing fossil resources. BASF has for the first time manufactured products based on chemically recycled plastic waste and is thus one of the global pioneers in the industry. “A responsible use of plastics is crucial to solve the world’s waste problem. This applies to companies as well as to institutions and consumers. With chemical recycling we want to make a significant contribution in reducing the amount of plastic … [Read more...] about BASF for the first time makes products with chemically recycled plastics
A watchdog report found evidence of PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, in paper to-go boxes and one sandwich wrapper product at Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods immediately removed the items and said they were looking into replacements. The company said there was a “limited availability of environmentally responsible packaging made without [PFAS],” but the report said that safer alternatives are “widely available and competitively priced.” As state and city governments begin to crack down on PFAS, consumers can be on the lookout for certain warning signs. When Whole Foods Market made the switch from plastic to compostable containers, the company thought it was doing something good for the environment. But a recent report from three environmental watchdog groups discovered a type of toxic chemical that’s been linked to cancer in the company’s paper to-go boxes and one type of sandwich wrapper. The chemicals in question – … [Read more...] about Whole Foods packaging contained little-known chemicals linked to cancer until a report called them out. Here’s how to protect yourself.
A spill of hazardous material at a Wawa dairy plant in Middletown, Delaware County, resulted in a hazmat team being called to the scene early Monday morning. Around 2:45 a.m. crews were responded to a reported acid spill in the back of the plant, Patch reported. The plant is located at 1300 block of West Baltimore Pike.According to KYW, a 55-gallon drum began leaking cleaning solution. The chemical is typically used to clean the plant's containers through which milk is processed, and though a hazmat team and the police department appeared at the scene, the incident was described as a minor one.A few hours after the leak broke out, the plant reported that the spill did not contaminate any food or products, nor did it cause an evacuation of the plant. No injuries were reported. Follow Marielle & PhillyVoice on Twitter: @mariellemondon | @thePhillyVoiceFacebook: PhillyVoiceMarielle's RSS feed to your feed readernews tip? Let us know. … [Read more...] about Delco hazmat team called to Wawa dairy plant following chemical spill
Nguyễn Văn Thanh. — Photo baocongthuong.vn Nguyễn Văn Thanh, director general of the Việt Nam Chemical Agency, under the Ministry of Industrial and Trade, talks to Công Thương (Industry and Commerce) newspaper about developing the national chemical database and how it will operate What has the Việt Nam Chemical Agency achieved in the course of developing the national chemical database? Under the instruction from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOIT), the Việt Nam Chemical Agency has developed a list of national chemicals and the national chemical database. In our course of developing the database we have received support from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA). Under an agreement signed between the MOIT and JICA, the database has been developed and completed in three years – from 2015-2018. It is expected that on January 15, 2019, the national database will officially be put into operation. … [Read more...] about Việt Nam has a national chemical data base