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Santander: Chile's constitutional reform potentially disruptive to pulp/paper producers due to proposed land nationalization, monoculture forestry prohibition; roughly 15% pulp capacity projected to reach global market by 2025 will come from Chile

BLM to hold public meetings in June for input on development of Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan; plan will guide management of natural and cultural resources on about 382,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in eight counties

USTMA supports California’s proposal to list 6PPD antioxidant, antiozonant used in tires as priority product to review in state’s consumer products green chemistry program; study finds 6PPD tire, road wear particles contribute to Coho salmon mortality

Just 54% of Michigan pharmacies offer overdose-reversing drug naloxone despite Michigan program allowing pharmacists to dispense drug without a prescription; areas with higher drug fatality rates have fewer pharmacies participating in program

Cardinal Health thanks pharmacists for helping it allocate over 10 million doses of COVID-10 vaccines to network of thousands of pharmacies; CDC reports more than 66% in US are fully vaccinated, with pharmacies administering 40% of vaccines

UMaine’s forest products industry liaison testifies before US Congress about university-led programs, partnerships to develop workforce and innovations needed to maintain state's leading role in global forest economy, support rural jobs

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April 18, 2022

 Climate

Climate Change

UK law requiring large companies and financial institutions to disclose climate-related financial information on a mandatory basis, using guidelines from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, comes into force on April 6
Anthesis Consulting Group Ltd. (04/15)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry releases roadmap for transition to decarbonization in paper, pulp sector, with aim to promote climate transition finance; roadmaps show promising technologies for industries to be carbon neutral by 2050
States News Service (04/15)

Environmentalists say Canada underreports forestry sector GHG emissions by 80 megatonnes in 2022 National Inventory Report submitted to UN climate secretariat; Ekos poll in March found three in four Canadians want federal action to cut logging emissions
Targeted News Service (04/15)

 Recycling & Waste

Recyclable/Recycled Materials

EPR bill in Colorado passes in the House Committee on Energy and Environment, now heads to the House Appropriations Committee; dues for producers would be less for materials that are easy to recycle or have a high level of recycled content
Colorado Newsline (04/15)

 Logistics & Supply Chain

Logistics/Transportation Infrastructure

Wisconsin governor, DOT and the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection approve US$9.4M for six harbor grants to improve waterway shipping; grants include US$1,175,000 to Port Milwaukee for repairs and US$1,100,000 for the Port of Green Bay
States News Service (04/15)

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

CSX receives approval from Surface Transportation Board to acquire Pan Am Railways for an undisclosed amount; move to expand CSX’s reach in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, while adding Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to its 23-state network
GlobeNewswire (04/15)

Oregon DOT urges motor carriers with medium-, heavy-duty vehicles powered by a 1996 or older diesel engine to utilize new retrofit compliance program; vehicles may not renew registration unless they are equipped with approved retrofit technology
States News Service (04/15)

US senator calls for crackdown on Russian ships evading sanctions, including Russian tankers disabling transceivers to obscure origin of goods; sale of sanctioned goods, such as energy products, would allow Russia to replenish foreign currency reserves
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (04/15)

US Freight Transportation Services Index falls 0.2% over last month to 138.5 in February due to decreases in water, pipeline, trucking while air freight, rail carloads, rail intermodal grew; index up 4% year-over-year from 133.2: Dept. of Transportation
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (04/15)

 Food & Beverage

Packaged Foods

Serbian government excludes organic food products from its ban on exports of basic foodstuffs prompted by the war in Ukraine
SeeNews (04/15)

 Industries
Interactive Graph Image Packaging & Containers Forestry/Timberland Automotive & Driving Publications & Books Tobacco, Cannabis & Deriv… Paper, Pulp & Cellulose Chemicals Personal Care Packaged Foods Building Products & Wood

Automotive & Driving

Commentary: Canada's budget that includes tax credit for critical minerals exploration marks nation's first meaningful steps toward prioritizing critical minerals; such exploration is critical to zero-emission vehicles, other clean technology
Mondaq Business Briefing (04/15)

Commentary: Biden to invoke Defense Production Act to support EV battery production, but mining laws need reform; current permitting process for mining is costly and time-consuming, has hindered new projects for lithium-ion battery raw material projects
InsideSources (04/15)

BorgWarner awarded US$4.09M contract by DOE to lead 36-month project to design, develop cost-effective, advanced DC current fast charger with 20%-30% cost reduction; 350kW charger to have 10 charge points, support current EVs, have flexibility to upgrade
BorgWarner Inc. (04/15)

Building Products & Wood

Missouri state lawmaker's bill would create fund to promote state's hardwood forest products, drive economic growth in southern counties, its sponsor tells committee; forest products industry contributes US$10B to Missouri's economy, supports 46,000 jobs
The Center Square: Missouri (04/15)

Chemicals

SABIC faces US$322,400 in penalties from New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation; in a Sept. 2020 incident, SABIC plastics manufacturing facility reportedly released about 22,057 lb. of styrene vapor to the environment
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (04/15)

Forestry/Timberland

Maine Legislature's taxation committee advances bill aimed at strengthening job growth in state's forestry industry; it creates an income tax credit for qualified timber harvesting businesses that employ new qualified, eligible workers hired in Maine
States News Service (04/15)

Launceston, Tasmania, would become the central hub of a AU$100M national forestry centre of excellence if Australia's Coalition government is re-elected, says prime minister; funding is part of a proposed AU$219M package for the industry
Mercury (04/15)

Wisconsin Supreme Court denies Meteor Timber's petition to re-hear wetlands case; company has been prevented from building a frac sand operation on Monroe County site that includes wetland forest; NGO says DNR permit should never have been issued
Targeted News Service (04/15)

PPWC, conservation and public policy organizations call on British Columbia government to disclose how many logs from public forests go to Drax's wood pellet mills; they also want disclosure of subsidies given to logging operations supplying Drax mills
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (04/15)

Packaging & Containers

Nonprofit civil rights group New Civil Liberties Alliance files opening brief on appeal in Polyweave Packaging v. US Dept. of Transportation; case involves scienter, statute of limitations in Hazardous Material Regulations
GlobeNewswire (04/15)

Cartoon characters return on some cereal packaging in Mexico after companies reduced sugar content; since 2020, use of cartoons, athletes, characters, celebrities have been banned on products aimed at minors with excess calories, sugars, sodium, fat
CE Noticias Financieras (04/15)

Rae Wellness recalls prenatal and immunity dietary supplements due to failure to meet child-resistant packaging requirement; US Consumer Product Safety Commission says product poses a risk of poisoning if contents are swallowed by young children
Targeted News Service (04/15)

Graphic Packaging International in Georgia notifies the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of a missing gauge; safety officer says company has been having demolition work done, and he believes the gauge was in the demolition
Targeted News Service (04/15)

Telebrands recalls Hempvana pain relief products with lidocaine due to failure to meet child-resistant packaging requirement; US Consumer Product Safety Commission says product poses risk of poisoning if contents are swallowed, placed on skin of children
Targeted News Service (04/15)

Personal Care

Planned investments in Seoul for beauty and fashion set to boost Korean beauty brands; five-year project from 2023 is worth US$168M, includes tax benefits, loans and incentives for small-, midsize firms and startups, aid for brand managers and influencers
Global Cosmetics News (04/15)

Tobacco, Cannabis & Derivatives

Maine lawmakers approve bill that would reimburse municipalities up to US$20,000 for costs associated with opting into state recreational marijuana market; only about 10% of municipalities allow adult-use sales
Portland Press Herald (04/15)

Michigan regulators scrap plan that would have allowed hemp to be synthetically converted to THC; agency received significant public comment regarding lack of scientific and health data related to conversion process
MLive.com (04/15)

Macro Economics

Economy

Commentary: China's digital currency already in 15 cities, but US dollar's global dominance means spread of digital yuan won't give China a leg up; even if digital yuan rolls out internationally, that doesn't mean people will trust it or want to adopt it
Business Insider (04/15)

 In the News
Interactive Graph Image Timberland Investment Res… U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Dept. of Transportat… U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE… Saudi Basic Industries Co… Drax Group PLC U.S. Surface Transportati… BorgWarner Inc. CSX Transportation Inc. Pan Am Systems Inc. Meteor Timber Wisconsin Department of T… Wisconsin Department of A… Pan Am Railways Inc. Polyweave Packaging Inc.
 Roundup

Commentary: Wave of investment could revive local newspapers if Congress agrees on Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to help save the industry; JCPA would provide tax credits to news outlets for hiring/retaining journalists, among other measures
The Seattle Times (04/15)

February bookstore sales up 27% to US$583M from US$459M in February 2021, according to US Census Bureau; February increase was improvement over 11.5% increase in bookstore sales in January, with sales for first two months of year up 17.2% to US$1.5B
Publisher's Weekly (04/15)

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