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Dueling construction standards offer opportunities for plastics


November 15, 2013 2:41 pm ET

It looks like plastics can still have a starring role in sustainable construction. The General Service Administration is giving federal agencies a choice of green building certification systems, endorsing the Green Building Initiatives' Green Globes ...

European Commission to probe Ineos/Solvay joint venture


November 6, 2013 3:50 pm ET

The European Commission (EC) has opened what it called an "in-depth investigation" into the proposed merger of Ineos' and Solvay's European chlorvinyls operations.

Ecopax paying fine for air emission violations


November 4, 2013 2:45 pm ET

A manufacturer of food-grade polystyrene foam containers has agreed to pay a $192,000 fine for alleged air emission violations.

Europe lets states choose how to cut bag use


November 4, 2013 2:31 pm ET

The European Commission has announced its proposal for reducing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags in the Europe Union, which gives EU member states the freedom to choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions.

Issaquah, Wash., voters to decide fate of plastic bag ban


November 1, 2013 12:56 pm ET

Voters in Issaquah, Wash., will have an opportunity to repeal the city’s plastic bag ban in early 2014.

Plastics firms confront issues


November 1, 2013 3:50 pm ET

Last month, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. held its annual meeting and fall conference in Boston. The attendees were mostly upper-level executives from a broad sampling of sectors of the industry, and the discussions were lively.

EPA fines Pretium Packaging


October 31, 2013 5:11 pm ET

Pretium Packaging LLC has agreed to pay more than $75,000 to settle alleged violations at two plastic bottle manufacturing facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

FTC cracks down on biodegradability claims


October 30, 2013 10:31 pm ET

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has taken aim at five plastics companies, alleging they used false or misleading claims of biodegradability. But one of those companies plans to fight the charges, saying it will win in the long run.

San Diego to consider plastic bag ban


October 29, 2013 4:45 pm ET

A San Diego City Council committee advanced a proposed plastic bag ban, and the city’s attorney will likely tweak the language in the bill before the full body votes on the measure.

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