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December 3, 2012
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  • ACC's Responsible Care serves as model for distributor group
    The National Association of Chemical Distributors is looking to improve its Responsible Distribution program by examining models such as the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care initiative. "Responsible Care helps chemical manufacturers build relationships with their supply chain partners. ... Responsible Distribution, in turn, can provide assurance to ACC members that are seeking ways to assure that their chemical distribution partners share a common commitment to enhanced EHS&S performance," said Debra Phillips, ACC's managing director of Responsible Care. ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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TSCA Protects Confidential Chemical Identities
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION - Citing Section 14(b) of TSCA, EPA has recently called for disclosure of chemical identities, notwithstanding objections by study submitters that chemical identities are trade secrets or confidential information. This Bloomberg BNA Insight investigates further. Download the free white paper now and get 7 days FREE access to Chemical Regulation Reporter.
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  • CDC agency's plan to study shale drilling sparks GOP concern
    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry intends to investigate shale natural gas drilling for potential effects on health, and Republican congressmen are urging tight standards and oversight for any such study by the agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "ATSDR should formally designate these studies as [highly influential scientific assessments] and ensure that the appropriate levels of funding, rigor, and transparency are applied to ensure the studies are properly carried out," states a letter by several Republicans. (free content) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy Dept. makes case for further shale research
    The federal government needs to support additional unconventional oil and natural research and development despite early breakthroughs, a Department of Energy official told a House subcommittee. "Unconventional resources are much larger in volume than are our conventional resource stores," said Anthony Cugini, director of the department's National Energy Technology Laboratory. "These resources, however, generally exist in more geologically complex settings or in more remote or environmentally sensitive areas, and require more intensive production methods." Oil & Gas Journal (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Industry cybersecurity is bolstered through cooperation
    Cybersecurity is constantly evolving, but there is a role for government and industry collaboration, write Ron Jibson and Dave McCurdy of the American Gas Association. "When crafting cybersecurity legislation or a related executive order, government should focus on what industry vitally needs: more robust cybersecurity information sharing between the government and private industry that delivers real-time communication, technical assistance and mitigation strategies," they write. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: See how the chemical industry continues to enhance security  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • PPG chief sees industry potential in Pittsburgh area
    PPG Industries Chairman and CEO Charles Bunch is working with Pittsburgh's leaders to build the region's industrial competitiveness. Bunch said that goal comes with three strategic priorities: taking advantage of cheap energy development, improving infrastructure and reforming tax codes. Smart Business/Pittsburgh (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dow Chemical sustainability chief shares innovation-led practices
    Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical's sustainability chief, explains the importance of sustainability practices in this interview. "At Dow, we know that our progress will be driven by our innovations, but we also see sustainability as the cornerstone of our continued success. Because of this, we focus on innovation that not only helps us reduce our own footprint, but that enables our customers to deliver sustainable solutions to their marketplaces," he says. Sustainable Plant (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Is a noisy surprise a smart leadership strategy?
    Debbie Brown received a mixed reaction from colleagues and surprised herself by slamming a table during a meeting to get their attention. Her peers' reactions might have been influenced by cultural factors; her colleagues from the West viewed it as a positive action, but one from the East disagreed. "I wondered if it were a man hitting the table whether the feedback would have been the same," Brown writes. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership lessons from a sweaty yoga session
    Hot yoga, in which the studio is heated to 96 degrees and humidified to about 50%, isn't particularly comfortable and there's always a temptation to cut out early, writes Scott Eblin. Still, Eblin writes, it's only by staying in the room when the going gets tough that you learn about yourself and are able to make progress. "Whether it's a 96 degree yoga classroom, a conference room where you're hashing it out or a job that just got a lot harder, your life as a leader will regularly present choice points on whether or not you stay in the room," Eblin writes. Level Blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The reports released during the past two weeks indicate that the consumer is more confident. The consumer spending report was mixed and reflects the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which affected 24 states, with particularly severe damage in New York and New Jersey. One month does not make a trend, and a few more months of data will provide clearer insight.

    The specter of falling off the "fiscal cliff" (or into the "fiscal abyss") has raised uncertainty among business leaders. Because of this uncertainty, the business sector is throttling back capital spending (and hiring) decisions. New orders for capital goods have softened and are now down from a year earlier. This is now resulting in fewer shipments of capital equipment and will translate into slower GDP growth.

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