Trump’s proposal to scrap Chemical Safety Board draws criticism

 President Donald Trump’s proposal to do away with the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents drew sharp criticism from environmental, labour and safety advocates, who said that eliminating the watchdog would put American lives at risk. Christine Todd Whitman, the former US Environmental Protection Agency head, on Thursday called the proposal to get rid of Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and cut EPA funding short-sighted, saying both have long been an industry target for advocating greater public information on chemicals. Read more.

  Pollution created by making and dyeing clothes has pitted the fashion industry and environmentalists against each other. Now, the advent of “fast fashion”-trendy clothing affordable enough to be disposable- has strained that relationship even more. But what if we could recycle clothes like we recycle paper, or even upcycle them? Scientists report today new progress toward that goal. Read more.

 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV said that its speciality chemicals business is investing more than €20 million to increase production capacity in Sweden for its Expancel product line for expandable microspheres. Increasing demand for the product – an essential ingredient in many consumer goods, industrial applications and the construction industry – means the company will expand its Stockvik facility near Sundsvall. Completion is expected by the end of 2018.Read more.

 Boron was found in 1808. French chemists experts Joseph-Louis, Gay-Lussac and Louis-Jaques Thenard and English physicist Sir Humphry Davy independently isolated the element, and all three are credited with its discovery. Boron was found by combining potassium and boric corrosive. Its name originated from the Persian word “Burah” and the Arabic word “Buraq” both of which signify ‘borax“. Read more.