General Motors Sides With Trump in Emissions Fight, Splitting the Industry

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Breaking with some of their biggest rivals, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said Monday they were intervening on the side of the Trump administration in an escalating battle with California over fuel economy standards for automobiles.

Their decision pits them against leading competitors, including Honda and Ford, who this year reached a deal to follow California’s stricter rules. It represents the latest twist in one of the Trump administration’s most consequential rollbacks of regulations designed to fight climate change. It has also opened a rift among the world’s biggest automakers — the very industrial giants that the Trump administration maintains it was trying to help with regulatory relief.

Draft Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

In the October 2019 draft risk evaluation for methylene chloride (MC), EPA reviewed a suite of potential MC exposures and made initial determinations on risk. These preliminary determinations may change as EPA’s evaluation becomes more refined through the public comment and peer review processes. Find the draft risk evaluation and supporting documents for MC on EPA’s web site

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the draft risk evaluation for 60 days until December 30, 2019, in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2019-0437EPA will also hold a peer review meeting of EPA’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) on the draft risk evaluation for this chemical’s conditions of use on December 3-4, 2019

Canadian kids sue government over climate change

Read the full story in Nature.

Lawsuit alleges that the federal government has violated citizens’ rights by promoting and enabling fossil-fuel development.

Ocean Cleanup’s New Plastic-Catcher … Kinda Already Exists?

Read the full story in Wired.

The anti-plastic crusaders have another plan to keep junk from reaching the sea: trash-eating barges in rivers.

The race is on to repurpose garbage

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Despite a spotty track record, companies keep trying to convert trash into energy, fuels, and chemicals

Republic’s Vander Ark: Recycling challenges structural, not cyclical

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The company’s new president touched on Trump, trade flows, shareholder profits, disposal trends, municipal relations, climate policy and much more during his WASTECON keynote.

Legal Protection Gap: ‘Climate Refugees’

Read the full post at Green Law.

There are currently no legal protections for ‘climate refugees.’ Additionally, a debate exists on whether to characterize those displaced by environmental degradation, climate change, and natural disasters as ‘climate refugees’ or ‘climate migrants.’ This blog post assesses the law on refugees and recommends how the international community should move forward considering the disastrous effects climate change will have on many communities.

What will it take to use more recycled content in plastic recycling carts?

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The increasingly ubiquitous products still contain lots of virgin plastic. While one new company is advancing a bio-based replacement, others say their models can only handle so much recycled resin.

BP opening $25M chemical recycling plant in Illinois

Read the full story in Plastics News.

BP plc will build a $25 million pilot plant in Naperville, Ill., to transform what it calls unrecyclable PET into “virgin-quality feedstocks.”

The new chemical recycling facility, showcasing a technology called BP Infinia, has an aim of diverting plastic waste from landfills and incineration.

The impact of science and technology on packaging

Read the full post at Tea & Coffee Trade Journal.

“Plastic-free” and “sustainable packaging” seem to be the buzz words this year. In fact, “wanting a plastic-free world” was one of Euromonitor International’s top ten consumer trends with the most impact for 2019. Plastic-free and becoming more sustainable were also key topics at several education sessions during Pack Expo, as well as areas of focus at many exhibitors’ booths.