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REACH Called "Threat" to Chemical Innovation

Posted July 18, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Are the European Union's extensive REACH regulations governing all things chemical an over-REACH? That's what some industry members are now claiming as additional mandates loom calling for up to 70,000 more chemicals to undergo safety screening and authorization procedures by 2018. Leaders of Europe's chemical industry association complain the regulations threaten to stymie innovation and overly burden small- and medium-sized enterprises at a time when Europe is struggling to compete globally.


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EPA Seeks to Ban Some HFCs

Posted June 16, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Seeking to spur adoption of more climate-friendly alternatives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons, a class of greenhouse gases commonly known as HFCs, widely used in air conditioners, refrigerators, and fire extinguishers. The EPA proposes listing as unacceptable certain flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants and blends for retrofitting existing residential central air conditioning equipment designed for non-flammable refrigerants, as well as propylene and the hydrocarbon blend R-443A in specific end uses in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors in favor of safer alternatives.


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New EPA Scrutiny for Chemical Makers

Posted May 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Chemical makers, already heavily regulated, will face added U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scrutiny come October as a result of two new enforcement initiatives. The EPA has announced beefed up efforts to keep industrial pollutants out of the nation's water supplies and to reduce risks of accidental releases specifically at chemical and industrial sites. The first initiative involves bringing plants into compliance with the Clean Water Act and reducing pollution discharges while the second focuses on preventing leaks of hazardous substances into the air, ground, or water.


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A Faster Way to Beer

Posted April 18, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Just in time for spring break! A group of college students has found a faster way to make beer. The team from the University of Pennsylvania has come up with a prize-winning proposal to speed up the fermentation process in beer-making by up to nine times. They applied a microfluidic fabrication technology developed at Penn to the fermentation process, accelerating the rate at which yeast converts sugar to alcohol by increasing the surface area of the liquid sugars exposed to the yeast, all while maintaining alcohol quality and composition.


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Engineering Biopathway to Green Products

Posted March 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Agricultural products like corn and sugarcane are used to produce a host of non-food products ranging from bioplastics to automobile fuel. But there's growing concern that turning more and more farm land into non-food production will decrease the world's food supply and drive up prices. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have taken a step to solve the dilemma by creating a new pathway to converting plant waste into 1.4 butanediol, BDO, a major building block used to produce spandex and a host of plastics, solvents, and electronic chemicals.


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