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January 25, 2013
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  • ACC's Walls: Chemical regulations should be based on sound science
    It is important to formulate effective chemical regulations in the U.S., but such policies should be based on the "most up-to-date science," writes Micheal Walls, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council. "[W]e are committed to modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act to reflect the latest advances in science and technology, while creating a world-class regulatory program that gives consumers the confidence they need and deserve," Walls writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Companies spend more time on chemical compliance
    Nearly 60% of companies in a Chemical Watch survey expect increased regulatory compliance activities as tighter rules demand more attention to chemical management. Among the drivers of this trend are Europe's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances program, the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act and the Globally Harmonized System for classifying chemicals. (free content) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Methanex secures natural gas deal for La. plant
    Methanex has reached a 10-year natural gas supply deal with Chesapeake Energy for the Canadian firm's methanol plant, which is being relocated from Chile to Geismar, La. "Having a 10-year contract in place for 1 million tonnes of methanol production per year reduces our exposure to short-term natural gas price fluctuations, which will lower the natural gas price risk for the site if we decide to relocate a second plant to Louisiana," said Methanex President and CEO John Floren. Platts (1/24), The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (1/25), ICIS News (U.K.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cheap natural gas is a "game-changer" for U.S., says Dow Chemical chief
    The natural gas-driven U.S. advantage in energy costs is a formula for job creation and global economic growth, said Dow Chemical Chairman, President and CEO Andrew Liveris. "I think it's a game-changer, and I think it's the story of global economic recovery if handled right. Frankly, the beneficiaries of that will be the U.S. consumer and U.S. jobs," Liveris said. CNBC (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Congratulations, new CEO: Time to get your team on board
    Leadership transitions can be tense and unsettling times for all concerned, writes Molding Box CEO Jordan Guernsey. It's important for new CEOs to communicate effectively and to stay focused on institutional priorities during the handover period, Guernsey writes. "Ultimately, it is up to the new leader to plant the seeds and cultivate the continued growth of the organization," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's your big idea?
    Leaders need to have a big, bold vision that others can rally around, writes Karen Kang. That's the best way to burnish your personal brand and to get the most out of your workers, Kang writes. "The measure of your success is not just what others are saying about you, but in the impact you are making on the world," she writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Food bloggers compete in Game Day Recipe Challenge, highlight how sports fans can celebrate with less waste
    Americans celebrating the big game will buy, prepare and devour lots of food and drink, which can result in quite a bit of waste. But these sports fans can keep the environment in mind when planning game day recipes -- and maybe even win $250 -- with a little help from plastics. Plastics Make it Possible has teamed up with four popular food bloggers in a Game Day Recipe Challenge to create iconic sports fan recipes using plastic kitchen tools -- then sports fans can vote online for their favorite recipe and be entered in a Game Day Giveaway for one of five $250 gift cards. The bloggers also will share their experiences using plastics in the kitchen to create their recipes and to generate less waste.

    See the bloggers' recipes and enter the Game Day Giveaway by voting for your favorite. To explore sustainability and innovations in plastic packaging and cooking tools, visit It's a Wrap! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • California's OEHHA reaffirms established BPA safe intake levels
    The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment today published a Notice of Intent to List bisphenol A as a developmental toxicant under the Proposition 65 Authoritative Bodies Mechanism. ACC issued a statement on the topic, available here, which can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges at the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council. To learn more on BPA visit these sites: Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC; Facts About BPA; LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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