Mar 13, 2008

Hooray - People may be required to use our "Green Chemistry"...

Hooray for my day job!
People may be required to use our "Green Chemistry" at ESS

From: Chemical & Engineering News

House Supports Green Chemistry

Bill aims to eliminate hazardous effects of chemical manufacturing

The House approved legislation by voice vote on Sept. 4 that would establish a federal interagency program and boost government funding for research into environmentally friendly alternatives to many traditional chemical products and manufacturing processes.

"Preventing pollution and hazardous waste from the start of a design process is far preferable to cleaning up that pollution and waste at a later date," says Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), chief sponsor of the Green Chemistry Research & Development Act of 2007 (H.R. 2850).

The legislation establishes a program that promotes and coordinates green chemistry R&D activities within four federal science agencies. It authorizes a total of $165 million in funding for R&D grants over the next three fiscal years, split among the NSF, the EPA, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, and the Department of Energy..

"From reducing and improving pharmaceutical processes, reinventing the home and construction business, to overcoming our climate and energy challenges, green chemistry is proving that economics and environment are not mutually exclusive," Hunt adds.