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Friday, December 20, 2013  
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PCA NewsletterDecember 20, 2013
As president and chief operating officer of the Pine Chemicals Association (PCA) in Fernandina Beach, FL, Charles Morris wants the biofuels industry to know that there are potential unintended consequences of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

The concern of the PCA and the pine chemicals industry, Morris explained, is that mandates and incentives established in legislation such as the RFS and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) in the European Union may redirect the use of crude tall oil (CTO), which is a co-product of pulp and paper manufacturing used in high-value, bio-based chemical products that are found in hundreds of everyday products.

The CTO industry operates without incentives or mandates and can fairly compete for the raw materials in a free market, Morris told BioFuels Journal in a telephone interview and in written answers to questions. But, according to Morris, when the RFS became law, it created a competing demand for the woody biomass that CTO is made from.

The pine chemicals industry has been successfully using renewable raw materials for more than 80 years, Morris pointed out, which makes pine chemicals one of the first"green” manufacturing industries. It receives no subsidies. CTO, as a co-product, is infinite supply with a total annual production in the United States and Europe amounting to about two million metric tons annually, according to Morris.

The CTO fractionation industry employs about 2,000 people directly and generates direct revenues of more than $2 billion in the United States. The indirect impact of the industry in the United States amounts to more than 20,000 jobs and approximately$8 billion in economic activity.If the products made from CTO were not available, Morris added, they would be replaced by products that have a significantly higher carbon footprint.The bottom line, he concluded, is that CTO should not be diverted to biofuels production.

Read Full Question and Answer article recently published in BioFuels Journal

REGULATORY NEWS - PCA is advocating for you

Senate Bill S. 1009- Chemicals Safety Improvement Act

On behalf of the American Alliance for Innovation, an umbrella group to
which PCA belongs, AAC has put together excellent "talking points"
that can be used to back up our support of TSCA reform through the Chemical
Safety Improvement Act (CSIA).

Please take a moment to contact your Senator or Congressman to request their support of the legislation.

Click here to review the Bill language and see who has already Co-Sponsored this Bill.


House Bill HR. 1422- EPA Science Advisory Reform Act of 2013

PCA has joined forces with 30 industry and trade associations, including the American Alliance for Innovation, to show support of HR. 1422. The following is an excerpt of a letter sent to the United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Environment Committee on Science, Space and Technology:

"It is paramount that chemicals and metals producers, manufacturers, distributors, importers, users, and consumers have confidence that there is a transparent federal chemical management system in place that is both grounded in sound science and will deliver timely safety decisions. Oversight of the safe production and use of chemicals affects us all, which is why we support your efforts to improve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its committees.

The SAB is a critical part of the EPA’s quality control process that was established to ensure that the Agency produces credible information to help guide regulatory decisions at all levels of government. We all agree, therefore, that the SAB must provide meaningful, balanced, and independent reviews of the science conducted and used by EPA, and we support advancing your bill, H.R. 1422 (the "EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013”) in this Congress.

We are encouraged to see that your legislation takes into account public policy recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences and the Bipartisan Policy Council, as well as input that the Committee has received from numerous experts and stakeholder groups. H.R. 1422 will greatly enhance the current peer review process in many important ways by strengthening policies to address conflicts of interest, while at the same time ensuring that a wide range of scientific perspectives are represented on panels. The bill will also increase the utility of SAB panels by improving the process for public engagement and ensuring that scientific concerns are clearly addressed and communicated."

Follow the legislation and those who have Co-Sponsored it thus far


Full details of the article titles below, along with many more articles of technical interest, can be found by visiting the TECHNICAL NEWS section of our website.

CURABLE COMPOSITION, ARTICLES COMPRISING THE CURABLE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME ... 6. A curable composition according to claim 1, wherein the fluxing curing agent further comprises at least one tall oil fatty acid. ... A mixture of C 21 Diacid (55%) and tall oil fatty acids (45%) is available as DIACID 1525 from MeadWestvaco, Richmond, Va. ...

Bio-based epoxy matrix from diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A and epoxidized corn oil, crosslinked with Diels-Alder adduct of levopimaric acid with acrylic acid ... Epoxidized corn oil (ECO) was synthesized and used as reactive diluent for diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A and (DGEBA)/Diels-Alder adducts of rosin acids with acrylic acid (AcAAbA) ... the local market. Rosin (acid number, an = 171 mg KOH∙g-1) and diglycidyl ether of bisphenol ...

Bactericidal efficacy of electrospun Rosin/Poly (ɛ-caprolactone) nanofibers Abstract. Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-containing rosinnanofibers were prepared via electrospinning technique for biomedical applications. To improve the biocompatibility properties, rosin was blended into PCL to prepare nanofi- bers. Nanofibers mats were prepared with different ...

Physical properties of the oleoresin system of the four major southern pines ... 1971. Comparison of field techniques for measuring moisture stress in large loblolly pines. For. Sci. 17: 220-223. Joyce, MM, JR., AT PROVEAUX, and RB LAWRENCE. 1973. Composition of neutral oils from rosin. J. Am. Oil. Chem. Soc. 50: 104-107. McREYNoLDs, RD 1971. ...

METHOD OF PRODUCING INK CURED PRODUCT ... Moreover, examples of resins that can be used in hybrid inks that combine the characteristics of an oil-based ink and an active energy beam-curable ink include rosinphenolic resins, rosin alkyd resins, petroleum resin-modified alkyd resins, and styrene/acrylate resins (such as ...

Asphaltene Dispersant Containing Lubricating Compositions ... The material is heated to 175° C. with stirring and held for 1 hour. The material is cooled to 100° C. and talloilfatty acid (43.9 grams) is added over 6 minutes. The ... hour. Talloilfatty acid (41.3 grams) is added over 15 minutes. ...

Invert Emulsion Drilling Fluids for Flat Rheology Drilling ... These fatty dimer diamines are prepared commercially from fatty dimer diacids which have been produced from dimerisation of vegetable oleic acid or talloilfattyacid by thermal or acid catalyzed methods. The dimerisation ...

Methods and Materials to Enhance High Temperature Rheology in Invert Emulsions ... These fatty dimer diamines are prepared commercially from fatty dimer diacids which have been produced from dimerisation of vegetable oleic acid or talloilfattyacid by thermal or acid catalyzed methods. The dimerisation ...

Synthesis and biological evaluation of novel< i> N</i>-substituted 1< i> H</i>-dibenzo [a, c] carbazole derivatives of dehydroabietic acid as potential antimicrobial … ... immunosuppressive 22 and neuroprotective activities. 23. Dehydroabietic acid (DHA,1), a natural occurring diterpene resin acid, can be extracted from Pinus rosin or commercial disproportionated rosin. Many derivatives of DHA have ...

Synthesis of Complex and Diverse Compounds through Ring Distortion of Abietic Acid ... AA is the major component of pine tree rosin and has been used for centuries in varnishes, lacquers, and ship caulkings.38 Because of its abundance and commercial utility, substantial information exists on the chemical reactivity of AA, resulting from structural elucidation ...

Adjuvant and Inflammatory Effects in Mice After Subchronic Inhalation of Allergen and Ozone-Initiated Limonene Reaction Products ... [CrossRef], [PubMed], [Web of Science ®], [CSA] View all references). The same applied to mixtures of α-pinene (pineoil) and isoprene reaction products (Rohr et al., 200238. Rohr, AC, Wilkins, CK, Clausen, PA, Hammer, M., Nielsen, GD, Wolkoff, P. and Spengler, JD 2002. ...