Process Safety & EHS

Dow Chemical to spend $294 million to reduce air pollution in Louisiana, Texas after settlement

Jan 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) said they reached a settlement with Dow Chemical and two subsidiaries that will lead to $294 million in spending to...

DuPont, Chemours, Cortiva reach accord to split $4 billion in expenses to face potential liabilities over PFAS chemicals

Jan 26, 2021

DuPont, Chemours and Cortiva, once all part of one company that for several decades made chemicals that have since originated a myriad of lawsuits over health impacts and other losses, announced Friday Jan. 22 an accord to split over $4 billion in expenses...

Bioplastics struggle to build scale and grow into bigger alternative to petrochemicals

Dec 13, 2020

Production of bioplastics is still growing at a much lower rate compared with petrochemicals. However, carbon emission taxation and single-use, fossil-based plastic bans may help change that. Transparent pricing will also be necessary for a bigger expansion.

Canada plans ban on six single-use plastics in effort to tackle waste problem

Oct 27, 2020

The Canadian federal government announced in October plans to ban six very commonly used single-use plastic items by the end of 2021 to tackle a pollution problem that became more pressing after China banned plastic waste imports in 2018.

U.S. Plastic Pact sets more aggressive recyclability timescale than resin producers

Sep 15, 2020

Some of the U.S. biggest single-use plastic users such as beverage and retail companies joined the U.S. Plastic Pact to announce on Aug. 25 they will aim for 100% plastic recyclability by 2025, five years sooner than a similar announcement by resin producers.

Covid-19 brought sudden productivity hikes to chemical operations

Jul 7, 2020

While Covid-19 has been mostly associated with negative impacts, particularly on decreased product demand as well as project deferments, the productivity increase is an unexpected positive side.

Covid-19 seen slowing efforts to reduce single-use plastics and recycling

May 12, 2020

After decade-long efforts to curb down on single-use plastics resulted this year in a wave of plastic bag bans, it took only weeks for Covid-19 to change that course. Now oil prices could slow recycling efforts at a time when environment concerns are set to...

New online Insight Hub revealed to increase intelligence resources for downstream decision makers

Apr 15, 2020

Following their acquisition by Thomson Reuters in October 2019, Petrochemical Update, the team behind the world’s leading downstream event, are making their incredible insights and analysis collections available for free in a new industry intelligence hub

Petrochemical plants work to assure continuity amid logistic, workforce challenges

Mar 23, 2020

Petrochemical plants have set up emergency response teams and readied special Covid-19 staffing plans while implementing remote working where possible, according to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association.