Walmart’s latest announcement on its plans to buy Dow Chemical, the world’s largest producer of flame retardants, may not be the biggest news of the year.
But the decision is significant because it could be the beginning of the end of the fight over how the chemical industry should operate in the face of rising emissions of toxic pollutants.
As of last month, about 10 percent of the global chemical industry’s emissions were from flame retardant use, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.
While some of the chemicals are used widely, they tend to be more concentrated in particular industries and have been linked to more severe health problems, including lung cancer.
The researchers found that most of the pollutants emitted by the chemical firms are concentrated in just a few industries, including auto and auto parts manufacturing, construction, and cement production.
The move by Wal-Marts is part of a broader trend that has seen companies like Amazon, Google, and Starbucks all move their operations out of heavily populated areas.
Some observers argue that such moves are necessary because the environmental impacts of new technologies are so dramatic.
But others, including Wal-mart, argue that it will simply increase the competitiveness of the companies that own the most polluting chemicals in the world, such as those found in paints and other products.
“Companies like Wal-marts are not going to stay there indefinitely, but it is a long-term shift to an environmentally friendly business,” said Scott Aaronson, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo who specializes in pollution.
“The shift will require the companies to pay a price and it will have an impact on their bottom line.”
The decision by Walmarts comes just days after the company announced that it had agreed to pay $1.5 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental group.
The settlement includes a provision that would require the company to buy out at least 50 percent of its existing chemical assets, with the remainder held by a new entity.
The company will sell about $50 billion worth of chemicals to a new corporate entity, which will be called Walmart Chemical Group, or WMCG, Aarstein said.
It will be the largest acquisition in the company’s history.
Walmart has said that it plans to purchase more than 300,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania, including about 2 million acres of farm land.
It said it will also acquire a portion of the Delaware Basin, which holds about 6 percent of all U.S. farmland, as well as land in Florida and New Jersey, and build new chemical plants in Florida, Georgia, and New Mexico.
Wal-Mart also announced plans to invest $150 million to build a new facility in Texas.
The new facility will be capable of processing some 4 million pounds of chemical products per year.
It is expected to be completed by the end, according the company.
Walmarts’ announcement came on the same day that another company, DuPont, said it would buy $4.4 billion worth at least 1.5 million acres in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The DuPont announcement came as Wal-Marys announced that the company will build a massive facility to process chemicals from the Dow Chemical plant in Upstate New York.
The facility is expected for completion later this year.
Wal Mart said it plans “to create a global business that will leverage our vast resources, including our manufacturing capabilities and our global knowledge base, to make our customers’ lives easier and more efficient.”
Walmart also said it is exploring a potential sale of its chemicals division to another company.
“It’s an important milestone, and we look forward to continuing to explore and explore the opportunities we may have in a sale to our new partners,” said Wal- Mart spokeswoman Karen Kline.
The Dow Chemical deal has been a subject of intense scrutiny because it has been accused of a pattern of using deceptive advertising to convince customers that it is safe to use flame retardent chemicals.
The company said that, in fact, the chemicals have been proven to be dangerous.
But environmental groups have said that this is the first time that the companies have ever agreed to a buyout deal.
The move could also raise concerns about other companies’ use of flame-retardant chemicals.
In December, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft order that would bar the chemical companies from using chemicals from their plants in the United States without approval.
That order was later amended to ban chemical companies that are not U.s. corporations from buying chemical companies and from using the chemicals in products that contain them.
The EPA has been working to put pressure on the chemical makers, which have been criticized for buying the chemicals from companies that they know will be harmed by the chemicals.
Wal- marys and DuPont were among the companies cited by the EPA as being part of this problem.
The EPA said it was also working with the U.N. agency to draft new rules for the use of chemicals that