Oregon could be a leader in green chemistry, which involves developing safer industrial chemicals, a new paper from Portland State University concludes.
However, a "fragmented and uncoordinated approach" is holding the state back.
The University of Oregon's Green Chemistry program and the Oregon Nanotechnology and Microtechnologies Institute, a collaboration of Oregon universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and industry, are making advances.
But most government effort focuses on monitoring and cleanup, the paper says, not rapidly prioritizing and reducing harmful chemicals among the 84,000 used for commercial purposes in the United States.
Among other recommendations, the paper recommends focusing resources on developing safer alternatives for Oregon's leading industries, including wood products, food processing, hi-tech and agriculture.
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