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EPA Rule Amendment -- Compliance Date Extension for Formaldehyde Final Rule
Source: EPA via Environmental News Bits, 5/23/17
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule to extend the compliance dates in the final Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products, published in the Federal Register December 12, 2016. Compliance dates would be extended for: (1) formaldehyde emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions until March 22, 2018; (2) import certification provisions until March 22, 2019; and (3) laminated product producer provisions until March 22, 2024. Note that laminated product producers would still be required to comply with applicable fabricator provisions beginning March 22, 2018. Additionally, the direct final rule would extend the California Air Resources Board Third-Party Certifiers transitional period until March 22, 2019.
Green Chemistry in 2017: The State of the States
Source: National Law Review, 5/16/17
Summary: This article discusses current and potential state green chemistry regimes that have developed since the journal's last article on this topic, discuss some chemical-specific laws, and assess what might be on the horizon now that TSCA reform has been enacted.
Ikea's solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant
Source: The Guardian, 5/15/17
Summary: Furniture giant commits to reducing use of virgin raw materials but experts raise concerns about supply chain domination.
Nike and H&M try reused threads on for size
Source: GreenBiz, 5/11/17
Summary: Companies joining the Circular Fibres Initiative set out to unravel the textile industry for a new, circular model.
Treating wastewater wastes energy, but it doesn't have to
Source: GreenBiz, 4/3/17
Summary: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has set a target to be energy-neutral by 2023, following the lead of plants in the United Kingdom, Denmark and the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, California, which has moved beyond net-zero energy to actually selling energy back to the grid. These innovators are using a variety of technologies to reduce the electricity they use through energy efficiency and to generate electricity onsite to offset what they do use.
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