EPAís TSCA List
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to a public database called Envirofacts. The Envirofacts database is the EPAís single point of Web access for information about environmental activities that may affect air, water and land in the U.S. and provides tools for analyzing the data. It includes facility name and address information, aerial image of the facility and surround area, map location of the facility, and links to other EPA information on the facility, including EPA inspection and compliance reports.
The Obama administration has finalized rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, cement manufacturers, and other industrial facilities. This move will force companies to invest in new pollution-control equipment to fight climate change. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, beginning in July 2011, any newly planned large facilities (those releasing 100,000 or more tons of carbon dioxide/year) will have to hold permits to emit greenhouse gases. In addition, large facilities that undergo modifications that would increase emissions by 75,000 tons or more will be subject to permitting requirements earlier, beginning in January 2011.
Eastman Chemical Co. has opened a new plant exclusively dedicated to the production of Eastman Tritan copolyester at its headquarters in Kingsport, Tennessee. The plant expands production capcity of Tritan in alignment with increasing market demand for the material. Tritan is a new-generation copolyester that balances the properties of clarity, toughness, and heat and chemical resistance. It is manufactured without Bisphenol A (BPA).
Sherwin-Williams Co. will buy Becker Acroma Industrial Wood Coatings for an undisclosed sum. This move is part of the companyís goal of expanding its global footprint. Sweden-based Becker Acroma has annual sales of about $300 million. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals, but is scheduled to close in the third quarter.
Pfizer has announced plans to reconfigure its worldwide plant network to create a fully aligned manufacturing and supply organization. This move will result in job losses of around 6,000 during the next few years. The first phase of the companyís Plant Network Strategy includes recommendations to cease operations at eight manufacturing sites in Ireland, Puerto Rico and the U.S. by the end of 2015. In addition, the company will reduce operations at six other plants in Germany, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the U.K. and the U.S. The planned reductions will increase manufacturing efficiency and lower costs by more effectively using resources and technology, improving plant processes, eliminating excess capacity, and better aligning production with market demand. In addition, product transfers will expand the roles of a number of the companyís other plants.