Legislative & Regulatory Update

Administration's Proposed OCS Plan Ignores Energy Needs of U.S. Manufacturers

Energy - March 16, 2016 - 5:21am
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022, which fails to schedule any lease sales in the Mid- and South Atlantic Program Area.

Sponge cuts oil spill clean-up cost

A simple but super-absorbent artificial sponge could lower the cost of cleaning up crude oil spills in developing countries.A team of researchers, based at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, found that simple sponges made from polyurethane foam soaked up oil spills better than more expensive sponges treated with nanoparticles.

Time to re-think the diesel

Climate Change News - ENN - March 11, 2016 - 8:00am
Low Emissions Zones have their place in cleaning up the UK's worst air pollution hotspots, writes Richard Howard. But we also need to adopt fiscal measures to encourage a shift away from diesel vehicles, at once delivering cleaner air, increased tax revenues, and lower carbon emissions.If we are to clean up air pollution in London and the rest of the UK, then Government needs to recognise that diesel is the primary cause of the problem, and to promote a shift away from diesel to alternatives.There is an air pollution crisis taking place in London and many of the UK's other major cities.

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