After a coalition of attorneys general withdrew objections, a U.S. district judge gave preliminary approval to a revised settlement involving 3M and public water suppliers over contamination caused by PFAS chemicals.
The EPA's draft strategy on plastics pollution seems to be attracting as many different opinions as there are grades of polymers, with debates over how to deal with the country's "abysmal" plastics recycling rate.
Environmental and community groups are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up health reviews of vinyl chloride monomer, pointing to the February train derailment and VCM release in East Palestine, Ohio.
Bill Wood: "Through the first six months of 2023, total sales at grocery stores (in dollar terms) are up 3.9 percent. ... During typical years, I would take this as an indication that the demand for plastics packaging was favorable."