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Green Chemistry News Roundup: December 11-18, 2015

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Vermont Chemical Reporting Rule Moves Forward, but with Delay

December 16, 2015 | The National Law Review

The Vermont Department of Health won approval for its new, burdensome children’s product green chemistry reporting program from the state’s Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules in November 2015.

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Endocrine Disruptors: European Commission 'breached law'

December 16, 2015 | BBC News

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the European Commission has not been quick enough in identifying and banning potentially harmful "endocrine disruptor" chemicals.

Young Scientists Receive UNESCO Environmental Awards

December 16, 2015 | Sputnik News

UNESCO grants have been awarded to young scientists from six countries for research in environmental protection and human health under a program run by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the Russian company PhosAgro.

Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels

December 15, 2015 | Biomass Magazine

Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds.

DuPont Making Another Foray into the Biosciences Sector

December 15, 2015 | Elsevier

DuPont is taking its efforts to another level through a purchase of the C1 platform from Dyadic International.

Cost of Banning BPA in till Receipts Outweighs Benefits, EU Agency Concludes

December 14, 2015 | Chemistry World

The ECHA’s committee for risk assessment (RAC) ruled that there is a risk of BPA exposure for the unborn children of pregnant cashiers who handle large numbers of cash receipts. In light of this, the RAC called for a restriction on BPA in thermal paper.

Entrepreneurs Turn Billion Dollar Seafood Waste into Profitable Products

December 14, 2015 | The Guardian

From wallets to antibacterial fabric, innovators are turning once discarded fish waste into money.

New, Fully Recyclable and Biodegradable Plastic Could Change the World

December 12, 2015 | ZME Science

Colorado State University chemists synthesized a fully recyclable, biodegradable polymer, in order to keep tons of plastic from piling up in the landfills in the future and break petroleum’s grip on the polymer industry.

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ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy

December 17, 2015 | American Chemical Society

The 2016 ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy will be held June 21-28 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Apply today!

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program: Nominations due December 31st!

December 17, 2015 | EPA

Submit your PGCCA nominations by the end of the year! The 2016 ceremony will be held June 13, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

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