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September 28, 2012
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  • Shale gas resources drive Pa. manufacturing, economy
    Pennsylvania is adding jobs, collecting revenue and reducing carbon emissions because of shale natural gas production, which is also lowering energy costs for consumers, writes Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. "We've entered a new chapter of American history. Our nation is now isolated from major swings in natural-gas prices and is dramatically more secure and competitive," she writes. "Consumers are clear winners of responsible shale gas development, and so too is our region's manufacturing base." The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: See how increased shale gas production in Pennsylvania leads to new investment, jobs and revenue.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Canada: BPA remains safe for food-packaging uses
    Bisphenol A remains safe to use in food packaging and doesn't pose a threat to infant or adult health, according to Health Canada, the Canadian government's health department. "Health Canada's Food Directorate continues to conclude that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children," according to the department. ABC News (9/27), Chemical Week (subscription required) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read ACC's response to Canada's affirmation of the safety of BPA in food-contact uses.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: U.S. regulators should note Australian report clearing DINP
    Diisononyl phthalate content in toys does not pose health-related concerns, according to a study released by Australia's Department of Health and Ageing. "The release of this report from the Australian government further supports the large body of scientific evidence on the safe use of DINP. This significant scientific assessment should be taken into account as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission moves forward with its review of DINP," said Eileen Conneely, manager of the High Phthalates Panel of the American Chemistry Council. Chemical Week (subscription required) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Who are your company's data leaders?
    Every company needs not just analysts, but also data leaders capable of turning data-driven insights into executable strategies, says Veronika Belokhvostova, head of global business analytics at PayPal. That means finding executives with a head for numbers and the muscle to realize their vision. "They have to have the credibility and the tenacity to not only tell businesses what they should do next, but also convince businesses to do it," Belokhvostova argues. MIT Sloan Management Review (free content) (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Put away your calculator and start executing
    Business planning is an important skill, writes Pat Tremaine, but all your number-crunching counts for nothing unless you're able to deliver the results you predict. That means it's important to gather accurate data and then craft a strategic plan for implementing change. "[P]lanning isn't just about numbers; the real test is the ability of the organization to actually execute it and drive measurable results," Tremaine writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BASF's Kurt Bock to lead Global Chemical Industry Association; Dow Chemical's Andrew Liveris completes successful 2-year presidency
    BASF Chairman Kurt Bock has been appointed President of the International Council of Chemical Associations, succeeding Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical, the international chemicals trade group said. Bock will officially begin in the post on Jan. 1. Bock succeeds Liveris at a time when ICCA is leading global initiatives to promote responsible and sustainable production and use of chemicals throughout the value chain, particularly in emerging economies where manufacturing and demand for chemicals continue to rise. Read the full news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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