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August 18, 2017
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Rail Customer Coalition writes lawmakers about CSX
The Rail Customer Coalition, which includes the American Chemistry Council, has written to federal lawmakers and the Surface Transportation Board about service issues with CSX. "This [situation] has put rail-dependent business operations throughout the U.S. at risk of shutting down, caused severe bottlenecks in the delivery of key goods and services, and has put the health of our nation's economy in jeopardy," the coalition wrote.
Reuters (8/15),  Railway Age online (8/17) 
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See What BASF and Sealed Air Have in Common
Plastics and chemicals firms thrive in North Carolina, fueled by a skilled workforce, the 2nd-lowest unionization rate in the U.S. and top research universities. BASF has long had operations here and Sealed Air relocated its headquarters to the state. Read more.
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EPA extends WOTUS repeal comment period by 30 days
The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its proposed repeal of the Waters of the US rule until Sept. 27.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer (8/17),  E&E News (subscription required) (8/17) 
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Industry Watch
ExxonMobil opens latest La. facility
ExxonMobil has open a facility in Port Allen, La., to make lubricants for aircraft engines as part of an expansion that also saw a chemical plant expansion. The lubricants facility has 15 workers.
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (8/17) 
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Research & Innovation
2 sites emerge to accept chemistry papers ahead of peer review
Elsevier and the American Chemical Society have launched Chemistry Research Network and ChemRxiv, respectively, as vehicles for accepting papers ahead of peer review. "What I like about the concept is that it enables authors to decide when their work is published," said Benjamin List, editor-in-chief of the journal Synlett.
Chemical & Engineering News (8/21) 
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Leadership & Management
Here is what employees want to hear
Employees want to feel they are valued, to receive respect and be acknowledged, writes David Grossman. Managers should also know teams want "regular, tangible, specific, constructive feedback," he writes.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (8/14) 
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You can get better at empathy
Surveys suggest that while millennials value empathy, they are struggling to be empathetic themselves, writes LaRae Quy. Practice by reminding yourself to respect other people's perspectives, and make sure you're actually listening, not focused on a cellphone or other distraction.
SmartBrief/Leadership (8/16) 
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ACC News
ACC urges Congress to investigate IARC over concealed data, calls for examination by WHO governing board
Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, issued the following statement yesterday following Politico's report on the International Agency for Cancer Research's controversial Monograph 112:

"Today's Politico report provides new evidence that the IARC Monographs Program suffers from a lack of transparency, conflicts of interest, and is beholden to the agenda of those seeking specific outcomes. It is clear that important data demonstrating the safety of glyphosate was intentionally omitted from the IARC Monograph. This information could have significantly influenced the findings of the Monograph working group, making it more likely that IARC would have concluded that glyphosate is safe, as has every other regulatory body that has evaluated the substance.

"Today's report raises questions about the integrity of other Monographs and whether there has been a pattern of omitting inconvenient data. With a majority of IARC's funding coming from the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) National Cancer Institute (NCI), U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for questionable science. I urge Congress to look into this important issue as part of their efforts. Furthermore, this revelation warrants a thorough examination by the IARC Governing Board and the World Health Organization." Learn more.
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