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Green Chemistry News Roundup: June 24 - July 1, 2016

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June TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan

June 30, 2016 | JD Supra

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA's plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation that significantly amends many of the provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Eyewitness: 45 years with the Environmental Protection Agency

June 29, 2016 | Green Biz It’s June 1971. GC+News+Roundup.png

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — newly authorized by President Richard Nixon — had just been launched some six months earlier. News of the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969, which ignited due to discharged industrial oils and debris, is still residual news.

New Method Used to Discover Potential Helium Source

June 28, 2016 | C&EN

New Method used to discover potential helium source Using a new technique, scientists have discovered reserves of helium in Tanzania said to be equivalent to seven times the amount of the noble gas consumed worldwide each year. The new source could alleviate recurrent shortages of helium that have plagued users of scientific instruments and medical imaging equipment.

Cleaning The Clothing Industry

June 27, 2016 | C&EN

In retail stores of the global fast-fashion brand H&M, customers can bring in their no-longer-trendy or otherwise unwanted clothes and get a discount on new purchases. The chain has collected more than 30,000 metric tons of garments since 2013.

BPA Free Plastic: Toxics Are Turned Into Safer Alternatives In New Green Discovery

June 27, 2016 | International Business Times

Like dinosaur bones, the fossils of our modern era — CDs and DVDs — are often piled in forgotten heaps and buried underground. But these rounded relics are made of polycarbonates, a common plastic that decomposes in landfills and leaches toxic chemicals into groundwater.

Reports on the Use of Nanotechnology in Food Additives and Packaging

June 2016 | Food Standards In 2015

An expert toxicologist prepared two reports for FSANZ on the potential use of nanotechnologies in existing food additives and food packaging. The reports were then peer reviewed by an expert pharmacologist and toxicologist to evaluate whether the conclusions for each of the reports were supported by the weight of evidence in scientific literature.

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