Scott Pruitt’s attack on scientists serving on advisory boards is illegal

Read the full post at the Climate Law Blog.

Earlier this week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive that prohibits scientists from serving on the EPA’s independent scientific advisory committees if they are currently a principal investigator or co-investigator on a research project that receives grant funding from the agency, or “if they are otherwise in a position to reap substantial direct benefit from an EPA grant.” Pruitt justified this unprecedented ruling on the eligibility of certain members of the public to serve on federal advisory committees by titling his directive “Strengthening and Improving Membership on EPA Federal Advisory Committees” and stating that committee members “shall be independent from the agency.” The problem, here, is that Pruitt’s policy runs counter to existing conflict-of-interests law, and is on its face arbitrary and capricious, in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.

Swedish government considers action on preservatives in cosmetics

Read the full story at Chemical Watch.

The Swedish government is considering action on problematic preservatives in cosmetic products, after a closed consultation on a report by its chemicals agency (Kemi).

Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals

Read the full story at Products Finishing.

When you think of criminals, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t humidity, or hazardous mists and vapors. But these so-called indoor air quality “criminals” can escape from open surface tanks used in metal finishing, causing irritation or harm to operators, as well as corroding the surrounding building structure and supporting utility systems.

Properly ventilating exhaust from and supply air to these open surface tanks is key to thwarting these fugitives before they can inflict damage, and doing so ultimately can save a company a whole lot of trouble.

Sustainable Production of Fine Chemicals and Materials using Non-Toxic Renewable Sources

Anne Kokel, Béla Török (2017). “Sustainable Production of Fine Chemicals and Materials using Non-Toxic Renewable Sources.” Toxicological Sciences, kfx214. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfx214

Abstract: Due to declining hydrocarbon resources and strengthening environmental regulations, significant attention is directed toward sustainable and non-toxic supplies for the development of green technologies in a variety of industries. This account provides an overview on the sources and recent applications of such materials surveying the most common non-toxic and renewable resources that can be obtained from biological sources. Developing a broad array of technologies based on these materials would establish a truly sustainable green chemical industry. The study thematically discusses various compound groups, e.g. carbohydrates, proteins, and triglycerides (oils). Since often the monomers or building blocks of these biopolymers are of significant importance and produced in large amounts, the applications of these compounds are also reviewed.