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.
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.