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1. BASF unveils new slogan, emphasizes sustainability

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

BASF changed its slogan this year from "The chemical company" to "We create chemistry" as part of an effort to revitalize the chemical industry's public image. It is also shifting focus to sustainability and environmental projects, increasing its spending in those areas even faster than its operating profit is growing. "Top management in the chemical industry is really committed to this topic," said BASF board member Margret Suckale. Bloomberg (02/23)

2. EPA's 2015 priorities include green chemistry, action on TCE, methylene chloride

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency and other chemical regulators are laying out plans for 2015, with the EPA's first priority being risk mitigation for certain uses of trichloroethylene and methylene chloride. The agency will try to negotiate with manufacturers on voluntary measures but may resort to regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Meanwhile, its green chemistry program will work to increase use of greener technologies and pinpoint any challenges to their use. (free content) (02/24)

3. Albemarle subsidiary buys Shanghai Chemetall JV

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Albemarle subsidiary Chemetall has purchased 100% of its joint venture Shanghai Chemetall. Albemarle acquired Chemetell when it purchased Rockwood Holdings for $6.2 billion. Chemical Week (subscription required) (02/19)

4. Dow restarts Texas light hydrocarbons plant

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

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5. House Republicans critique EPA's proposed regulations during hearing

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

House Republicans raised concerns with a number of proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations at a budget hearing Wednesday. Most of the criticism revolved around the EPA's power plant emissions proposal. "EPA seems intent on locking in a long list of new regulations that will bind future administrations," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. Hill, The (02/25)

6. How many beagles does it take to prove BPA is safe? Call off the dogs, says Wall Street Journal

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted announcements from important scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe and the United States that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in consumer products for people of all ages, including unborn children and infants. The Journal also criticized the absurdity of further government-funded study of BPA driven by "periodic scares over chemicals in vaccines, foods and other products." In its opinion piece "Snoopy Is Safe After All," the publication states that BPA "deserves exoneration." Read more.

7. Bayer reports 2014 net income up 7.4%, plans MaterialScience separation

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Bayer's net income increased 7.4% in 2014, to $3.89 billion, thanks to growth in its life-sciences business. Meanwhile, the company is moving forward with plans to carve out its MaterialScience unit by Aug. 31. Bayer has yet to determine whether it will be a spinoff or an initial public offering. Chemical Week (02/26)

8. Plans for limited TSCA bill applauded by senior House Democrat

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A senior House Democrat, Rep. Gene Green of Texas, has expressed support for Republican Rep. John Shimkus' plan to introduce a more limited TSCA reform measure in 2015. "We are in a new Congress and have some new people working on it [TSCA reform], so I am hopeful that we won't have the issues that we had last time," Green said. If Shimkus proposes "legislation that doesn't touch pre-emption and has got bipartisan support, I think that would a great step forward," he said. (subscription required) (02/24)

9. 4 ways to spot a hidden leader

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Your company's leaders aren't necessarily the people with the titles and offices, writes Scott Edinger. People are likely quietly carrying out leadership functions, so identifying and reinforcing that behavior can give the whole organization a boost. Such "hidden leaders" possess integrity and understand their customers, among other traits. (02/21)

10. Asahi Kasei to acquire Polypore energy-storage unit for $2.2B

ACC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Asahi Kasei has agreed to purchase Polypore International's energy-storage segment for $2.2 billion. By combining their lithium-ion battery separator businesses, the companies said they would be able to develop more advanced technology. "We have been putting our resources in rechargeable batteries for personal computers and smartphones, but the next big market is electric and hybrid cars," said Asahi Kasei President Toshio Asano. Reuters (02/23) Kansas City Star (Mo.), The (02/23)

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