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Amyris, Solazyme win EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award
In the U.S., the EPA has awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Award to five recipients: Amyris, Professor Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Solazyme, QD Vision, Inc. and the Solberg Company. Amyris received the prize in the small business category, and Solazyme received one of three awards for “greener reaction conditions, designing greener chemicals and greener synthetic pathways.”
The prize is awarded by the EPA to landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.
Pollutants firms to pay fine, face criminal charges from 2015
Considering the spate of non-compliance with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy by manufacturing firms, the Federal Government will from 2015 apply series of sanctions on errants as part of efforts to create healthy and sustainable environment.
The sanctions which are to be meted out from next January are to ensure that companies cooperate and keep to the end of their bargain of re-acquiring their end products from the consumers.
San Francisco looks to require pharmaceutical companies to fund drug take-back program
San Francisco Board of Supervisors president David Chiu introduced legislation recently that would require pharmaceutical companies distributing their drugs within the city to fully fund and administer a permanent citywide drug take-back program.
The proposal for the legislation comes after last month’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a similar ordinance in Alameda County, California, after three pharmaceutical and biotechnology associations challenged it.
Recycling and repairability key to smartphone e-waste reduction
Smartphones are a dirty business, literally. Mobile electronics contain toxic materials like cadmium, mercury, lead and lithium. What’s worse, according to the EPA, Americans disposed of 19,500 tons of mobile devices in 2010, and only recycled 11 percent.
EPA weighs new move to regulate drinking water
The Washington Times
In what some specialists are calling the latest step in a “regulatory evolution,” the Environmental Protection Agency said it may expand its authority over drinking water supplies by singling out the element strontium.
The agency says strontium, which can reduce bone strength among those deficient in calcium, is the latest contaminant to be targeted under the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act.
Beyond BPAs: Other food packaging chemicals to look out for
There's a false sense of safety that comes with knowing just a little bit of information. For instance, if you've kept yourself somewhat informed, you know that BPA-laced food packaging is to be avoided. So, maybe you scan the shelves, notice a can with the "BPA-Free" label, pop it into your cart and move on to the nice item on your list. But while "BPA-Free" is certainly worth paying attention to, that's not all that needs to be watched out for.
New study charts the fate of chemicals affecting health and the environment
Looking forward in science often requires looking back, evaluating trends to extrapolate future outcomes. A classic case is Moore's Law, which predicts that the density of components on an integrated circuit will double every 24 months. In a new study, Rolf Halden, Ph.D., a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, examines the trajectory of chemicals appearing as emergent threats to human or environmental health.
E-stewards launches e-waste app
The environmental watchdog group Basel Action Network has launched a mobile app that will measure the positive environmental impacts of using e-Stewards Certified Recyclers to manage electronic waste.
E-Stewards Certification is the only standard that forbids export of toxic e-waste to developing countries, the use of prison and child labor and the deposit of toxic e-waste in municipal landfills or incinerators.
How the Northwest is working to mainstream green chemistry
Since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, there has been a lack of national consensus on how to tackle hazardous chemicals. That’s meant that the states — individually and together — have taken the lead on solving global chemical policy issues like flame retardants, copper, phthalates and others.
EPA takes steps to prevent herbicide resistance in weeds
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a combination herbicide designed to be used with genetically modified resistant crops. However, the agency has time-limited its approval and included restrictions to address the problem of developing resistant weeds. The process has implications for existing and future herbicides.
An efficient catalytic process converts sugary biomass into a renewable feedstock for polymer production
The environmental impact of synthesizing adipic acid, an important precursor of nylon polymers, can be dramatically reduced by a chemical technique developed by Yugen Zhang and co-workers from the A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
The researchers found that an oxygen–rhenium catalyst complex transforms bio-based compounds derived from straw waste and other agricultural material into adipic acid with higher yields and lower emissions than conventional processes.
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