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The Runoff

Some 72 members of Congress wrote to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson April 11 urging her to "move as quickly as possible" to finalize and release the agency's dioxin reassessment. The American Cleaning Institute on April 13 unveiled its first sustainability report, summarizing data on greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and solid waste associated with the U.S. production of cleaning products. The report also highlights many ACI member companies' sustainability efforts and ACI's sustainability programs and activities. The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates on April 14 welcomed seven new members: Antea Group; Digital Specialty Chemicals; EcoMundo SAS; Hisun Pharmaceuticals; Lubrizol; Neuland Laboratories; and Senstar. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health this month published a Skin Notation Profile for bisphenol A, providing the rationale behind BPA's "SK: SEN" assignment that indicates the potential for immune-mediated reactions following skin exposure. The Consumer Specialty Products Association this month announced the promotion of Joe Yost to senior director of strategic issues advocacy. EPA this month awarded five grants, totaling $550,000, to three universities and two state health departments to implement new approaches to managing bedbugs.



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