Developing a chemical spill response plan

WALTER INGLES | February 20, 2019 | 141 views

When you use, store, or handle hazardous chemicals at your workplace (particularly if they are in liquid form) spillage is inevitable.  Do you have a chemical spill response plan that addresses ‘everyday spills’ as well as major leaks from the largest tank of fuel in the workplace? How would your staff respond? Would the hazardous chemicals be contained within the workplace? What potential impact could escape chemicals have on the environment? Do you have enough PPE and spill kits to keep your workers safe? This blog introduces some key considerations when developing a chemical spill response plan.

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Organic Catalyst Boasts Big Benefits

Article | July 22, 2021

An enzyme-mimicking catalyst opens a new route to important organic molecules such as glycolic acid and amino acids from pyruvate, report researchers in Japan. Moreover, the new catalyst is cheaper, more stable, safer and more environmentally friendly than conventional metal catalysts used in industry, they note, adding that it also displays the high enantioselectivity required by the pharmaceutical industry. “On top of these advantages, our newly developed organic catalyst system also promotes reactions using pyruvate that aren’t easily achievable using metal catalysts,” says Santanu Mondal, a PhD candidate in the chemistry and chemical bioengineering unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, Okinawa, Japan, and lead author of a study recently published in Organic Letters. “Organic catalysts, in particular, are set to revolutionize the industry and make chemistry more sustainable,” he stresses. The researchers use an acid and an amine mixture to force the pyruvate to act as an electron donor rather than its usual role as an electron receiver (Figure 1). Effectively mimicking how enzymes work, the amine binds to the pyruvate to make an intermediate molecule. The organic acid then covers up part of the intermediate molecule while leaving another part that can donate electrons free to react to form a new product. Currently, the organic catalyst system only works when reacting pyruvate with a specific class of organic molecule called cyclic imines. So, the researchers now are looking to develop a more-universal catalyst, i.e., one that can speed up reactions between pyruvate and a broad range of organic molecules. The challenge here is to try to make the electron-donating intermediate stage of pyruvate react with other functional groups such as aldehydes and ketones. However, different catalysts create different intermediates, all with different properties. For example, the enamine intermediate created by the researchers’ new reaction only reacts with cyclic imines. Their hypothesis, currently being investigated, is that creation of other intermediates such as an enolate, if possible, would achieve a broader pyruvate reactivity. In terms of cost, the researchers note that a palladium catalyst used in similar reactions is 25 times more expensive than their organic acid — which also is made from eco-friendly quinine. In addition, they believe scale-up of the process for industrial use definitely is possible. However, the researchers caution that the current amine-to-acid-catalyst loading ratio of 1:2 probably would need to be optimized for better results at a larger scale.

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Transporting biological and chemical materials - what you need to know

Article | June 21, 2021

The landscape of biological and chemical logistics has changed rapidly - as have the regulatory frameworks around it. What has not necessarily kept pace is the end-user understanding of the nature of these logistical processes, their opportunities and their constraints. Twenty years ago, the transmission of biological and chemical materials was limited to a small range of organisations: usually national and international research companies, hospitals, major university departments, police and military departments with forensic responsibilities.

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Setting record straight on testing harm in chemicals

Article | July 13, 2021

The modern world is built on chemicals, be it the medicines we use, or cleaning fluids, crop protection products, or the raw materials for everything from laptops and mobile phones to clothes and furniture. Across all, we have created an entire modern society with chemicals, and, as a result, constantly stretched the size of the world population we can feed, clothe and shelter. Yet, balancing all the gains from the modern chemistry around us against any negative environmental and human impact has been a rising concern, making for ever greater focus on testing and on risk assessment.

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Why chemical characterization is the best way to assess patient risk

Article | February 11, 2020

Everyone is very familiar with the phrase when buying a house: All that really matters are three things - location, location, and location. This same principle applies to extractables and leachables chemistry analysis – the three things that truly matter are identification, identification, and identification. The greatest growth in the past ten years in demonstrating the safety of medical devices and container closure systems for drugs has been using analytical chemistry to determine what chemicals can leach from the device and what the patient is exposed to during its intended use.

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LA-CO Industries, Inc

LA-CO Industries is a fourth-generation, family-owned global manufacturing company specializing in the manufacturing of industrial hand-held markers, plumbing chemicals, temperature indication tools, and livestock identification products. Since 1934, we have taken pride in the design and manufacturing of high quality, performance-based products for our customers’ unique applications. With locations in both, Elk Grove Village, IL and Blyes, France, LA-CO Industries and its four brands serve distributors in over 60 countries worldwide.

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Oberon Fuels Joins International Trade Associations

Oberon Fuels | July 01, 2022

Oberon Fuels a maker of products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions of major energy sectors, has joined both the World Biogas Association and Liquid Gas Europe as Oberon continues to build upon its work in Europe and around the world. Oberon has developed a straightforward ‘here-now’ way to slash the CO2 emissions of the global Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry through the production of renewable dimethyl ether. Because rDME can be stored, transported and dispensed using existing LPG vehicles and equipment, it can be readily blended with fossil LPG to reduce carbon emissions by up to 60 percent. The intersection between rDME made from biogas and the LPG industry is a key reason for Oberon to join these trade associations. The EU consumes about 48 billion liters of LPG per year, of which an estimated 3.8 billion liters (1 billion gallons) are imported from Russia. Oberon Fuels can enable European countries to produce fuels from local renewable biomass with no indirect land use impacts while reducing the need to import foreign energy resources. To help meet the goals of the EU Green Deal, the EU market is ready for new approaches to decarbonizing a range of major uses including transport, heating and agriculture. Oberon’s interest in expanding into Europe and other global markets is intended to accelerate commercial adoption of rDME with near-term market trials leading to deployment of multiple commercial-scale production plants. Oberon already has strategic collaborations with leaders around the world including Suburban Propane (US) and South America-based Lipigas. Oberon executives were in Switzerland recently presenting at the International DME Association’s annual event, and company CEO Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., spoke earlier today at the European Liquid Gas Congress event in Barcelona. About Oberon Fuels California-based Oberon Fuels is on a mission to decarbonize the fuel and energy sectors through the commercialization of renewable dimethyl ether. Oberon’s low or carbon-negative rDME can reduce the carbon intensity of propane by up to 60 percent when blended, offering potential reductions in global CO2 of 750 million metric tons per year. rDME’s characteristics also makes it a compelling means for transporting hydrogen for its myriad, fast-growing applications.

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Lummus Digital partners with LACC to develop AI powered Remote Performance Monitoring for Ethane Cracker Unit

Lummus Digital | July 01, 2022

Lummus Digital, an industry-leading integrated digital solution provider has announced it has entered into an agreement with LACC, LLC, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical USA Corporation, as part of its digital transformation. Recently, an agreement was signed by Kyeong Jo Han, Executive Director of LACC and Nikhil Chauhan, Chief Strategy Officer of Lummus Digital. The alliance is aimed to support LACC's path to a digitalization roadmap, providing incremental business and economic value along every phase of the journey, with current focus on developing a Remote Performance Monitoring solution for their Ethane Cracker Unit in Lake Charles, Louisiana. "Lummus Digital brings rich process technology know-how together with their AI platform and data science expertise. We are expecting a significant transformation in monitoring and improving the plant performance remotely based on their end-to-end tcg mcube AI platform and various proprietary models." Executive Director of LACC, Kyeong Jo Han "We are proud to have built such a partnership with LACC that serves as the cornerstone of their digital transformation journey. We will monitor and improve the plant performance using KPIs and an intelligent digital view of the plant to detect the problems, identify the underlying causes and then recommend suitable actions. The remote performance monitoring will include real-time data from Historian, LIMS, ERP and will be ingested in our AI platform, tcg mcube," said Debdas Sen and Ujjal Mukherjee, Joint Managing Directors, Lummus Digital. About Lummus Digital Lummus Digital is an industry-leading enterprise AI Platform and digital solutions provider with deep domain expertise, hybrid modelling approach, and pre-built solutions for the downstream oil & gas sector. It maximizes plant performance and asset value for refining, petrochemical, and gas processing operators by combining AI, process licensing know-how, functional domain expertise and prescriptive solutions approach to drive sustainable digital transformation. It is a joint venture between Lummus Technology, an industry leading process technology and services company and TCG Digital, a digital transformation and artificial intelligence company.

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LG Energy Solution partners with Compass Minerals to enhance steady flow of supply chain

LG Energy Solution | June 30, 2022

LG Energy Solution is branching out in its efforts to secure supply chain of materials as it ramps up its battery production to satiate the growing market demand. LGES today announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Compass Minerals a leading provider of essential minerals, critical to producing battery-grade lithium. Under the terms of the MoU, Compass Minerals would supply LGES with lithium carbonate and hydroxide. The MoU states that LG Energy Solution would be supplied with as much as 40% of Compass Minerals' planned annual phase-one lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide production for 7 years starting in 2025. LGES and Compass Minerals have committed to continuing good-faith negotiations toward a binding supply agreement. Compass Minerals is widely known to deliver essential minerals like Sulfate of Potash, Sodium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride and is currently pursuing development options available to service growing U.S. market demand for battery-grade lithium. The battery manufacturer added that this is the first lithium producer, based in the U.S., to partner up with the company as it looks to solidify its supply chain in the U.S. and cater to the growing market demand for EVs in North America. "Securing key raw materials has become critically important, in order to maintain our lead position in the global battery market. LGES will make sure to support establishment of steady supply chain in North America, while it continues to seek and acquire environmentally friendly produced battery-grade lithium worldwide." Dongsoo Kim, Senior Vice President of Procurement Center at LG Energy Solution LG Energy Solution has been at the forefront in securing key raw materials for EV battery production. Apart from the MoU with Compass Minerals, LGES signed an MoU with SQM of Chile as the two firms agree to commit to investigate and develop joint investment projects of electro-mobility industry value chain. LGES also executed an offtake agreement with Liontown Resources Limited for the supply of spodumene concentrate from the Kathleen Valley Lithium Project. The deal states that LGES be supplied of up to 150,000 dry metric tonnes per annum of spodumene concentrate, starting 2024. The battery manufacturer signed a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Germany's Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. earlier this year for at least 41,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium chemicals over the 5 years starting 2025. About LG Energy Solution LG Energy Solution a split-off from LG Chem, is a leading global manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, mobility, IT, and energy storage systems. With 30 years of experience in revolutionary battery technology and extensive research and development the company is the top battery-related patent holder in the world with over 24,000 patents. Its robust global network, which spans North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, includes battery manufacturing facilities established through joint ventures with major automakers such as General Motors, Stellantis N.V. and Hyundai Motor Group. At the forefront of green business and sustainability, LG Energy Solution aims to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2050, while embodying the value of shared growth and promoting diverse and inclusive corporate culture.

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Oberon Fuels Joins International Trade Associations

Oberon Fuels | July 01, 2022

Oberon Fuels a maker of products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions of major energy sectors, has joined both the World Biogas Association and Liquid Gas Europe as Oberon continues to build upon its work in Europe and around the world. Oberon has developed a straightforward ‘here-now’ way to slash the CO2 emissions of the global Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry through the production of renewable dimethyl ether. Because rDME can be stored, transported and dispensed using existing LPG vehicles and equipment, it can be readily blended with fossil LPG to reduce carbon emissions by up to 60 percent. The intersection between rDME made from biogas and the LPG industry is a key reason for Oberon to join these trade associations. The EU consumes about 48 billion liters of LPG per year, of which an estimated 3.8 billion liters (1 billion gallons) are imported from Russia. Oberon Fuels can enable European countries to produce fuels from local renewable biomass with no indirect land use impacts while reducing the need to import foreign energy resources. To help meet the goals of the EU Green Deal, the EU market is ready for new approaches to decarbonizing a range of major uses including transport, heating and agriculture. Oberon’s interest in expanding into Europe and other global markets is intended to accelerate commercial adoption of rDME with near-term market trials leading to deployment of multiple commercial-scale production plants. Oberon already has strategic collaborations with leaders around the world including Suburban Propane (US) and South America-based Lipigas. Oberon executives were in Switzerland recently presenting at the International DME Association’s annual event, and company CEO Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., spoke earlier today at the European Liquid Gas Congress event in Barcelona. About Oberon Fuels California-based Oberon Fuels is on a mission to decarbonize the fuel and energy sectors through the commercialization of renewable dimethyl ether. Oberon’s low or carbon-negative rDME can reduce the carbon intensity of propane by up to 60 percent when blended, offering potential reductions in global CO2 of 750 million metric tons per year. rDME’s characteristics also makes it a compelling means for transporting hydrogen for its myriad, fast-growing applications.

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Lummus Digital partners with LACC to develop AI powered Remote Performance Monitoring for Ethane Cracker Unit

Lummus Digital | July 01, 2022

Lummus Digital, an industry-leading integrated digital solution provider has announced it has entered into an agreement with LACC, LLC, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical USA Corporation, as part of its digital transformation. Recently, an agreement was signed by Kyeong Jo Han, Executive Director of LACC and Nikhil Chauhan, Chief Strategy Officer of Lummus Digital. The alliance is aimed to support LACC's path to a digitalization roadmap, providing incremental business and economic value along every phase of the journey, with current focus on developing a Remote Performance Monitoring solution for their Ethane Cracker Unit in Lake Charles, Louisiana. "Lummus Digital brings rich process technology know-how together with their AI platform and data science expertise. We are expecting a significant transformation in monitoring and improving the plant performance remotely based on their end-to-end tcg mcube AI platform and various proprietary models." Executive Director of LACC, Kyeong Jo Han "We are proud to have built such a partnership with LACC that serves as the cornerstone of their digital transformation journey. We will monitor and improve the plant performance using KPIs and an intelligent digital view of the plant to detect the problems, identify the underlying causes and then recommend suitable actions. The remote performance monitoring will include real-time data from Historian, LIMS, ERP and will be ingested in our AI platform, tcg mcube," said Debdas Sen and Ujjal Mukherjee, Joint Managing Directors, Lummus Digital. About Lummus Digital Lummus Digital is an industry-leading enterprise AI Platform and digital solutions provider with deep domain expertise, hybrid modelling approach, and pre-built solutions for the downstream oil & gas sector. It maximizes plant performance and asset value for refining, petrochemical, and gas processing operators by combining AI, process licensing know-how, functional domain expertise and prescriptive solutions approach to drive sustainable digital transformation. It is a joint venture between Lummus Technology, an industry leading process technology and services company and TCG Digital, a digital transformation and artificial intelligence company.

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LG Energy Solution partners with Compass Minerals to enhance steady flow of supply chain

LG Energy Solution | June 30, 2022

LG Energy Solution is branching out in its efforts to secure supply chain of materials as it ramps up its battery production to satiate the growing market demand. LGES today announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Compass Minerals a leading provider of essential minerals, critical to producing battery-grade lithium. Under the terms of the MoU, Compass Minerals would supply LGES with lithium carbonate and hydroxide. The MoU states that LG Energy Solution would be supplied with as much as 40% of Compass Minerals' planned annual phase-one lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide production for 7 years starting in 2025. LGES and Compass Minerals have committed to continuing good-faith negotiations toward a binding supply agreement. Compass Minerals is widely known to deliver essential minerals like Sulfate of Potash, Sodium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride and is currently pursuing development options available to service growing U.S. market demand for battery-grade lithium. The battery manufacturer added that this is the first lithium producer, based in the U.S., to partner up with the company as it looks to solidify its supply chain in the U.S. and cater to the growing market demand for EVs in North America. "Securing key raw materials has become critically important, in order to maintain our lead position in the global battery market. LGES will make sure to support establishment of steady supply chain in North America, while it continues to seek and acquire environmentally friendly produced battery-grade lithium worldwide." Dongsoo Kim, Senior Vice President of Procurement Center at LG Energy Solution LG Energy Solution has been at the forefront in securing key raw materials for EV battery production. Apart from the MoU with Compass Minerals, LGES signed an MoU with SQM of Chile as the two firms agree to commit to investigate and develop joint investment projects of electro-mobility industry value chain. LGES also executed an offtake agreement with Liontown Resources Limited for the supply of spodumene concentrate from the Kathleen Valley Lithium Project. The deal states that LGES be supplied of up to 150,000 dry metric tonnes per annum of spodumene concentrate, starting 2024. The battery manufacturer signed a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Germany's Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. earlier this year for at least 41,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium chemicals over the 5 years starting 2025. About LG Energy Solution LG Energy Solution a split-off from LG Chem, is a leading global manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, mobility, IT, and energy storage systems. With 30 years of experience in revolutionary battery technology and extensive research and development the company is the top battery-related patent holder in the world with over 24,000 patents. Its robust global network, which spans North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, includes battery manufacturing facilities established through joint ventures with major automakers such as General Motors, Stellantis N.V. and Hyundai Motor Group. At the forefront of green business and sustainability, LG Energy Solution aims to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2050, while embodying the value of shared growth and promoting diverse and inclusive corporate culture.

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