EPA won't charge extra fees for CBI | Senate bill would allow EPA to ban HFCs | 7th round of NAFTA talks starts this weekend
February 19, 2018
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EPA won't charge extra fees for CBI
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed fees in fiscal 2019 under the Toxic Substances Control Act would not charge additionally for submissions that include confidential business information. Proposed fees include $10,000 for a test order, $16,000 each for significant new use and pre-manufacture notices, and $4,700 for low-volume exemptions.
EHS Daily Advisor (2/19),  Chemical Watch (subscription required) (2/19) 
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Senate bill would allow EPA to ban HFCs
A Senate bill would give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons in the US. The bill follows a court order that overturned previous EPA attempts at such regulation.
The Hill (2/16) 
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Industry Watch
2nd cracker from CP Chem under consideration
Phillips 66 and Chevron are considering building a second ethane cracker in the US for their joint venture Chevron Phillips Chemical. A decision is not likely until next year, Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland said.
ICIS News (U.K.) (2/16) 
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Waste-to-methanol plant takes shape in the Netherlands
Akzo Nobel, Air Liquide, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam have signed preliminary documents supporting the construction of a waste-to-methanol plant in the Netherlands. If the project moves forward, Akzo Nobel would supply the site with hydrogen and buy methanol from it.
S&P Global Platts (2/16) 
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Research & Innovation
Smart safety systems can be used to improve security, prevent outages
Safety systems in industrial settings are advancing to the point where data is not only being collected but is also available for users to act on, Buddy Creef writes. "A smart safety solution should be able to convert the data that exists -- or could exist -- in the safety system to actionable information to help prevent outages, reduce downtime, improve safety and security, and increase profitability," he writes.
Hydrocarbon Processing (2/2018) 
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Leadership & Management
Transformation begins with challenging the status quo
Finding new markets and operating more efficiently requires a culture where employees constantly look for ways the business could be better, writes George Westerman. "Leaders who want their organizations to continuously transform must not only look for dissatisfaction on which to capitalize, but also be willing to cultivate dissatisfaction in their employees," he writes.
MIT Sloan Management Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Does this project matter?
Teams won't properly prioritize projects if they're unaware of the organization's business strategy or not measuring their projects against it, writes Chris Wallner. He suggests an approach that assigns points based on the profit potential, cost, risk and strategic alignment.
Chief Outsiders (2/16) 
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