The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 217-199 to pass a $35.3 billion appropriations package that would fund the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency through fiscal 2019. The package includes language to repeal the Clean Water Rule and reduces EPA funding by about $100 million.
The House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would delay installation of Transportation Worker Identification Credential card readers until a "security effectiveness study of the program is complete and can be used to inform future rulemaking." A companion bill is awaiting a Senate vote.
Chemical companies are receiving approval for large mergers and acquisitions, but that often involves being forced to make divestments. "American and European authorities don't see eye to eye on everything these days, but in the field of antitrust, they do work very closely with each other," says Mark Powell of law firm White & Case.
BASF has invested $25 million in Materialise to further the development of the latter's software for 3D printing and to increase access to the technology. "BASF will use our 3D-printing facilities, one of the largest in the world, to launch or certify new materials in multiple verticals such as aerospace, automotive and wearables," says Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen.
Coupons can help traditional CPG brands draw millennials and other shoppers to their products amid a flurry of new-product launches. The Valassis 2K18 Coupon Intelligence Report shows coupons can influence almost 90% of shoppers to try new products and that millennials prefer digital coupons.
Huntsman CEO Peter Huntsman aims for a more stable, specialized company and is planning on acquiring smaller competitors to help expand in specialty products and technologies. It plans to spend up to $2.2 billion on small acquisitions through 2020.
Better hand hygiene and promotion of good cleaning practices are important to stopping the spread of germs, writes Dan Weltin, editor-in-chief of Sanitary Maintenance. He notes the spread of viruses is reduced up to 90% with proper disinfecting.
SC Johnson says it is the first major CPG firm to disclose fragrance ingredients to .01% and will do so for all of its brands. "We are pleased to see that our industry peers are following our lead and taking steps toward greater transparency," said Kelly Semrau, senior vice president for global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability.
The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has changed its mind over the course of time and now supports REACH, Europe's Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals legislation, as a way to prove product safety and reduce barriers to trade. Both Cefic and the European Chemicals Agency would like to see other regions use a REACH-style system for chemical management.
Fragrance and flavor company Firmenich is partnering with Central America-based Nelixia in creating 100% carbon neutral essential oils. Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine also announced the company has created a bio-based, sustainable version of its Z11 molecule.
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