NGOs press US budget chain to pass chemicals policy

Chemical Watch | February 12, 2020

NGOs gathered yesterday to call on the budget chain 99 Cents Only Stores to follow the lead of its competitors and adopt a chemicals policy. Five years ago, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions – which is made up of over 100 health, community and environmental justice organisations nationwide – released a report that found over 81% of products in budget chains contain "hazardous substances", such as phthalates or heavy metals. And while 99 Cents Only Stores’ competitors Dollar Tree and Dollar General have since committed to phasing out more than 20 substances – including formaldehyde, toluene, triclosan and a number of parabens – the chain has not made a similar commitment.

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Background Separately studied by TOTAL and TechnipFMC prior to entering the development contract Main project objective To develop and qualify an SCS&I station to be ready for industrial piloting in 2020-2021 What is it? Complete system for seabed storing and pumping all required injection chemicals • Retrievable and refillable storage tanks • Retrievable pump modules • Distribution system for chemicals • Power transmission and distribution • Control system


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Background Separately studied by TOTAL and TechnipFMC prior to entering the development contract Main project objective To develop and qualify an SCS&I station to be ready for industrial piloting in 2020-2021 What is it? Complete system for seabed storing and pumping all required injection chemicals • Retrievable and refillable storage tanks • Retrievable pump modules • Distribution system for chemicals • Power transmission and distribution • Control system

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