8 critical after inhaling methane in suspected illegal chemical dumping

New Straits Times | March 07, 2019

wenty-eight people, including 24 students of two schools in Taman Pasir Putih, were treated for chemical poisoning after inhaling what is believed to be methane gas. Eight of them are in critical condition following the incident. The gas is believed to have emanated from a nearby river after chemicals were illegally dumped there. State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said 19 people were sent to Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI), seven to the Pasir Gudang health clinic and two to Penawar Hospital. “Of the 19 sent to HSI, eight are being treated in the red zone, which is the critical zone, and the rest are in the yellow zone,” he said after visiting SMK Pasir Putih.

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The EU and US have very different regulatory regimes for chemicals TSCA in the US and REACH in Europe – but each offers citizens the highest chemical safety standards. Including chemicals in TTIP won’t affect these regulatory systems but would give a real opportunity to raise standards further, promoting scientific cooperation, saving costs and reducing unnecessary duplication.

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The EU and US have very different regulatory regimes for chemicals TSCA in the US and REACH in Europe – but each offers citizens the highest chemical safety standards. Including chemicals in TTIP won’t affect these regulatory systems but would give a real opportunity to raise standards further, promoting scientific cooperation, saving costs and reducing unnecessary duplication.

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TRAMONTINA USA DRIVES SUSTAINABILITY FORWARD - TRANSITIONS TO 90% RECYCLED MATERIAL IN SINGLE-USE BAGS

Tramontina | August 01, 2022

Shortly after announcing its partnership with Voice of the Oceans to combat plastic pollution in our seas, leading housewares manufacturer Tramontina USA today revealed its next actionable sustainability initiative: a transition from all non-recycled single-use poly bags used in packaging to bags with a minimum of 90% recycled content, reducing the packaging CO2 emissions by nearly 60%. A result of Tramontina's ongoing partnership with environmental consulting firm Searious Business, the impact of this change will be recognized across nearly 10 million poly bag units used annually and be completed for all items with production dates beginning February 2023. This initiative is part of a larger goal to incorporate more sustainable materials across all packaging by 2025 and is just one piece of a packaging components improvement strategy undertaken by Tramontina in conjunction with Searious Business. The work is looking at ways to not only reduce harmful materials, but identify new materials and new processes that will help lead the brand and the industry forward. "Adding to our long history of eco-friendly practices, we have been actively reviewing all elements of our packaging to decrease use of plastics where we can and increase our commitment to sustainability across all avenues of our business. We are excited for this impactful first initiative resulting from our work with Searious Business and look forward to continuing to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint together in the future." Mars Mashburn, Vice President of Product Development and Marketing of Tramontina USA "It is our mission to help conscious companies like Tramontina maximize their sustainability efforts and stimulate wide-scale organizational change," said Willemijn Peeters, Searious Business. "It has been incredible to work with a company that has been implementing sustainable practices for years, and this important step is just the beginning of accelerating Tramontina's efforts." Tramontina's efforts at their facilities were complemented by their announcement of their US sponsorship of Voice of the Oceans, a global expedition led by the Schurmann Family to call attention to the plastics pollution poisoning our waters and look for innovative solutions and actions to reverse this impact. The expedition began in August 2021 and will conclude in New Zealand in 2023. By combining this commitment with a focus on their own business practices, Tramontina is zeroed-in on making lasting change for today and tomorrow. "We're excited to be a partner with Voice of the Ocean and to leverage its expertise in identifying ways to reduce plastic waste and apply those learnings across our supply chain," said Marcelo Borges, CEO of Tramontina USA. "In addition to our long history of eco-friendly practices, Tramontina continues to challenge ourselves to not only innovate, but also lead our business and industry to a more sustainable future. Simultaneously, we also have a vision to develop new projects based on circular economy practices." A Brazilian-based company established in 1911, Tramontina makes constant investments in clean technologies. Aluminum waste generated in-house is remelted in the company's own furnaces and is transformed into new products. Rainwater is harvested and transformed into drinking water. Sunlight is transformed into clean energy. In 2021 alone, 92% of the electricity acquired by the Group's companies were from renewable sources and 82% of waste generated was recycled. About Tramontina Founded in 1911 in Brazil, Tramontina is an international brand with more than 110 years of high-end housewares manufacturing experience. Tramontina products, delivering premium quality, innovation, and functionality, are available in over 120 countries. Tramontina is dedicated to being a leading manufacturer of cookware, cutlery, kitchen accessories, and housewares items. One of the company's core values is environmental responsibility and sustainable development. About Searious Business Searious Business is a social enterprise committed to realising systemic change regarding plastic waste. Creating innovative, economically advantageous front-end solutions, Searious Business collaborates with companies and organisations to encourage the circular economy for plastics and strategically reduce impact on ocean ecosystems. About Voice of the Oceans Voice of the Oceans' purpose is to document the extent of the plastic pollution problem and identify solutions that protect the oceans and improve our planet. Our efforts are led by the Schurmann family with support from the U.N. Environment Programme, the Plastic Soup Foundation and numerous corporate sponsors. Through the data we collect and share, we have opened a global dialogue about ocean pollution that includes not only improving our beaches, but also the animals that are harmed by our plastic waste and carry this invisible waste into the food chain. Micro- and nano-plastics found in the oceans also prevent the oceans from playing their role in sustaining the environment, such as producing oxygen and maintaining climate balance.

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Afton Chemical Continues to Invest in Capabilities to Meet Growing Market Needs in Transmission Fluids and Electric Vehicles

Afton Chemical | July 21, 2022

Afton Chemical Corporation, a global leader in petroleum additives, announced the recent completion of a $70 MM USD investment in its Sauget, IL Plant’s Automatic Transmission Fluid additive production facility. The investment will help support the growing needs of oil marketers and Original Equipment Manufacturers for next-generation developments in electric vehicle fluids, including hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The improvements will also provide additional capability and capacity to meet continuing quality standards such as IATF 16949. “We are committed to maintaining best-in-class manufacturing capabilities to better manage and respond to the needs of oil marketers and OEMs in the rapidly evolving EV market. The investments improve the overall efficiency of our manufacturing footprint to ensure supply continuity for our customers.” With the support of its parent company NewMarket Corporation, Afton has invested over half a billion USD since 2016 in capability and capacity around the world. Ryan Pannell, VP of Manufacturing “We are proud of the Sauget team’s ability to safely complete this complex project during the past two years. The capability and capacity added to the facility have us well-positioned to meet our customer’s increasing needs,” commented Kevin Steding, Sauget Plant Manager. Afton Chemical is a global leader in automatic transmission fluid additives, resulting from many years of research and development with the world’s major OEMs. Afton leads the way in transmission additives for traditional step-type automatics and newer technologies, such as dual-clutch transmissions (DCT) and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) – and continues the leadership in electric transmissions. “The rapid pace of change in HEV and BEV development brings additional lubricant demands and opportunities for enhanced performance, neither of which should be overlooked,” said Adam Banks, eMobility Marketing Manager. “Close supplier partnerships are vital to ensure that electrified transmission fluid (ETF) enables OEMs to keep driving powertrain designs forward without being held back. In addition, we continue to invest in new capabilities at our technology centers in the US, UK, China, and Japan for the unique testing and development capabilities necessary for EV product development and technology understanding. Our commitment to electrification and its role in delivering carbon improvement is part of Afton’s multi-faceted plan to make the world a better place.” About Afton Chemical Corporation Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation family of companies. Afton Chemical Corporation uses its formulation, engineering and marketing expertise to help their customers develop and market fuels and lubricants that reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, extend equipment life, improve operator satisfaction and lower the total cost of vehicle and equipment operation. Afton Chemical Corporation develops and sells an extensive line of unique additives for gasoline and distillate fuels, driveline fluids, engine oils and industrial lubricants. Afton Chemical Corporation supports global operations through regional headquarters located in Asia Pacific, EMEAI, Latin America and North America. Afton Chemical Corporation is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

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Inter Pipeline Successfully Commissions Heartland Polypropylene Facility

Inter Pipeline Ltd. | July 06, 2022

Inter Pipeline Ltd. announced it has successfully commissioned its polypropylene plant and has begun initial production. Branded Heartland Polymers the operation is the only one of its kind in North America, offering the market one of only two new sources of PP in over a decade. Due to its unique location, modern design and technology and transport optionality, Heartland is expected to be one of the most sustainably produced, reliable options in the industry. "A safe commissioning of our polypropylene plant is a crucial step towards commercial production of Heartland Polymers. The PP Plant has been producing pellets since late June with polymer grade propylene from our storage cavern. The entire Heartland Complex remains on schedule for an integrated start-up in the third quarter of this year, at which point Heartland will begin commercial production." Jim Madro, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals Construction of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex began in early 2018, and it is expected to convert locally sourced, low-cost propane into 525,000 tonnes per year of PP, a high value, multi-use plastic that is easily transported and can be recycled. This polymer is used in the manufacturing of a range of finished products such as food packaging, textiles, healthcare products and medical supplies. Once fully in-service Heartland is expected to create a step change in annual cash flow generation for Inter Pipeline, with approximately 70 per cent of the output contracted on a nine-year weighted average. Industry Leading Reliability The PP plant was commissioned using PGP feedstock from a cavern at Inter Pipeline's Redwater Olefinic Fractionator. The primary source of feedstock will be an on-site PDH plant, where propane will be turned into PGP. The propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant is expected to enter integrated service with the PP plant in the third quarter of this year, making it the first integrated complex of its kind in North America. The optionality of both the storage cavern and direct on-site PGP production ensures exceptional reliability for customers. Heartland Sustainability Deliberate design and technology choices paired with local feedstock means Heartland is expected to generate 65 per cent less greenhouse gas than average global PP facilities around the world. Due to its integrated nature, the Complex is designed to utilize by-products ethane and hydrogen to fuel power production in the cogeneration unit (CUB) to make up approximately 32 per cent of the operation's total fuel usage, reducing the total carbon footprint by approximately 130,000 tonnes annually. Additionally, the design choice to utilize air cooling instead of water cooling in the operation has a significant impact on the amount of water used at Heartland. When fully in service, the Complex is expected to utilize 80 per cent less make-up water than water cooled operations. About Inter Pipeline Ltd. Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transportation and natural gas liquids processing business based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Inter Pipeline owns and operates energy infrastructure assets in Western Canada including the Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

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