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January 8, 2013
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  • EPA boiler regulations could cost manufacturers $1.5 billion per year
    The Environmental Protection Agency has updated regulations for industrial boilers that are aimed at curbing emissions of acid gases, mercury and fine particulate matter. The agency estimates the ruling will cost U.S. manufacturers, chemical facilities and oil refineries between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion each year to meet the standards, which won't take effect until at least 2016. "We appreciate EPA's thoughtful consideration of these rules and willingness to make sensible changes. While we need to review the rules for technical details, it appears that a number of improvements have been made," the American Chemistry Council said. Chemical & Engineering News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fracking rules a leading energy issue during Obama's next term
    Hydraulic fracturing is among the energy issues facing the Obama administration in its next term, observers say. A policy proposed by the Bureau of Land Management would require drillers to disclose the chemicals used in fracking on federal lands, and the agency is studying almost 200,000 public comments. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC urges highest science standards in EPA's chemical assessments
    The Environmental Protection Agency is gathering public comment before peer-reviewing its first group of draft assessments of potential chemical risks. The American Chemistry Council said it plans to review EPA's evaluations to ensure they have "a scientifically sound analysis of all relevant data and information, and meet the highest standards of scientific inquiry." Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • ACC's Responsible Care helps Olin maintain safety record
    Olin Corp. has avoided construction and environmental issues through its involvement with the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care program, writes Norma Higgs, a member of the company's Citizen Advisory Panel. "Beginning in 2013, [Responsible Care] will introduce new codes for product safety and process safety. There will also be an additional focus on waste, reuse and recycling," Higgs adds. Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Packaging innovators are tortoises, not hares
    When it comes to packaging design, nimbleness isn't a big part of the innovation process, write Christine Horan and Jason Robertson. Overhauling machines and distribution networks is an arduous task, so every upgrade or change has to be carefully considered and exhaustively tested before implementation. "[F]or every small advancement you make in package design, there is an iceberg of innovation underneath," Horan and Robertson write. FastCoDesign (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead a team of your peers
    It's hard enough leading your subordinates -- but leading a team of your peers is especially difficult, writes John Baldoni. Authenticity and passion are vital if you're to win over a peer group, Baldoni explains. "Leading those who can say 'no' to you is always a huge challenge, but if you can convince them by your actions and your enthusiasm, then they might believe in what you are doing," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get personal to engage your team
    When John Bossong's 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."
--Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist

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