Attorneys general sue EPA over rollback of chemical safety rule

Safety+Health Magazine | February 13, 2020

Attorneys general of 14 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Environmental Protection Agency and its administrator, Andrew Wheeler, in the latest round of litigation challenging the agency’s recent changes to the Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule. Filed Jan. 29 in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the lawsuit asks the court to vacate EPA’s Risk Management Program Reconsideration final rule, which went into effect Dec. 19, on the grounds that it is “unlawful.” The new final rule eliminated various provisions of the Chemical Disaster Rule, which amended the Risk Management Program rule for chemical facilities with the intention of: Preventing catastrophic incidents by improving incident prevention program requirements.

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This fact sheet provides information on how to understand the new labelling system for hazardous chemicals under the WHS Regulations. By reading, understanding and following all of the information and instructions on a chemical label, all chemicals should be able to be used safely in the workplace.

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This fact sheet provides information on how to understand the new labelling system for hazardous chemicals under the WHS Regulations. By reading, understanding and following all of the information and instructions on a chemical label, all chemicals should be able to be used safely in the workplace.

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chevron announces agreement to acquire renewable energy group

Chevron Corporation | March 01, 2022

Chevron Corporation and Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced a definitive agreement under which Chevron will acquire the outstanding shares of REG in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.15 billion, or $61.50 per share. The acquisition combines REG’s growing renewable fuels production and leading feedstock capabilities with Chevron’s large manufacturing, distribution and commercial marketing position. “REG was a founder of the renewable fuels industry and has been a leading innovator ever since. Together, we can grow more quickly and efficiently than either could on its own.” Chevron Chairman and CEO Mike Wirth The transaction is expected to accelerate progress toward Chevron’s goal to grow renewable fuels production capacity to 100,000 barrels per day by 2030 and brings additional feedstock supplies and pre-treatment facilities. After closing of the acquisition, Chevron’s renewable fuels business, Renewable Fuels - REG, will be headquartered in Ames, Iowa. In addition, CJ Warner is expected to join Chevron’s Board of Directors. “This transaction delivers premium cash value to shareholders and will give us additional resources as we aim to accelerate growth and strengthen our collective ability to deliver the sustainable fuels our customers and the world need,” said CJ Warner, REG president & CEO. “Our employees’ hard work and dedication have built a fantastic renewable fuels company and made this transaction possible. We look forward to joining Chevron’s team.” The transaction is expected to be accretive to Chevron earnings in the first year after closing and accretive to free cash flow after start-up of REG’s Geismar expansion. About Chevron Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. We believe affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more prosperous and sustainable world. Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas; manufactures transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives; and develops technologies that enhance our business and the industry. We are focused on lowering the carbon intensity in our operations and seeking to grow lower carbon businesses along with our traditional business lines. About Renewable Energy Group Renewable Energy Group is leading the energy and transportation industries’ transition to sustainability by converting renewable resources into high-quality, sustainable fuels. REG is an international producer of sustainable fuels that significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions to immediately reduce carbon impact. REG utilizes a global integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to operate 11 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2020, REG produced 519 million gallons, or 1.7 million metric tons, of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction. REG is meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon fuels and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

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Technipaq Partners with DuPont Tyvek and Freepoint Eco-Systems to Reduce and Recycle Medical Packaging Plastic Waste

Technipaq& DuPont & Tyvek | September 20, 2021

Technipaq Inc., a leading manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging solutions and Tyvek Authorized Converter, proudly announces a new partnership with DuPont Tyvek and recycling partner Freepoint Eco-Systems, designed to significantly build upon the company's ongoing sustainability and recycling efforts. Commencing on World Cleanup Day (Sept. 18, 2021), Technipaq will be able to effectively divert its mixed material plastic waste stream, containing Tyvek® and other plastic waste, generated during healthcare packaging manufacturing at its Crystal Lake, IL facility, away from landfills and to Freepoint, where it will be recycled for use in the production of new 'virgin-quality' plastics and fuels. "DuPont Tyvek has consistently taken a leadership role in forging interdisciplinary partnerships within the global healthcare packaging and manufacturing value chain, which is an increasingly important topic for our industry as we collectively seek to achieve more sustainable solutions and create a circular economy," said Brian Rosenburg, President and CEO, Technipaq. "We are excited and honored to play such a major role in helping make this a reality." "This represents yet another great multi-stakeholder partnership designed to build a waste-free, 'closed loop' healthcare packaging manufacturing environment," said John Richard, Vice President, DuPont Safety. "The healthcare industry requires a broad spectrum of plastics to manufacture packaging solutions for medical device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical products. Recyclability of healthcare packaging manufacturing waste is an increasingly important topic for the industry as it seeks to achieve sustainable solutions and a circular economy. Bringing a market leader such as Technipaq into this initiative marks a significant, positive step forward for our industry overall," added Richard. "Freepoint intends to recycle waste plastic that is usually very challenging to recycle and is typically headed for landfill or incineration," said Kat Doerr, Vice President of Origination, Freepoint Eco-Systems. "By converting plastic waste into reusable products, less oil is required to be extracted from the ground. This results in a more sustainable economy and a healthier planet." Freepoint aspires to divert 170 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills at each of its facilities on an annual basis—the equivalent of reducing GHG emissions from up to 55,000 cars per facility. Tyvek is mainly made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and is certified 100% recyclable, making it compatible with existing and emerging (advanced) recycling techniques. Due to its unique combination of properties, Tyvek® allows for the facilitation of packaging solutions—such as mono-material structures—that meet the sustainable design guidelines established by industry leaders such as Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), CEFLEX and RecyClass. Please visit Technipaq to learn more about the company's recent investments in new production technologies, expanded capabilities and products, and ongoing sustainability efforts through its partnership with Tyvek. About Technipaq An ISO 13485 certified manufacturer with more than 175,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, Technipaq specializes in coating, laminating, printing, slitting, sheeting, die-cutting, and fabricating high-quality, flexible sterilizable packaging solutions for the medical device, diagnostic, life science, and pharmaceutical industries. An Authorized Converter of DuPont Tyvek for medical packaging, the company maintains an extensive selection of custom stock laminates, manufactured in both peel-able and fusion seal format. Technipaq also specializes in converting Tyvek, foils, films, and surgical papers into high-barrier ETO, radiation and autoclave packaging. Since the company's inception nearly four decades ago by industry pioneer Phil Rosenburg, Technipaq has remained a leading single-stop supplier of customized packaging solutions for the medical industry. About DuPont DuPont is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety. More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at www.dupont.com. Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at investors.dupont.com.

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SOCMA's Specialty Insights Highlights Industry's Adaptability and Agility

SOCMA | October 09, 2020

Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce the release of the third issue of the association's semi-annual publication. Written and developed specifically for the specialty and fine chemical value chain, this edition, "Charting the Course for 2021," showcases the journey of the industry during this unprecedented year. "SOCMA is proud to deliver this latest issue reflective of the adaptability, agility and ambition of this innovative industry," said SOCMA President and CEO Jennifer Abril. "Across industry sectors, companies are solving challenges and providing solutions with resilience and resourcefulness, as echoed through these pages."

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