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October 1, 2008
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  • McCain, Obama offer positions on science issues
    Responding to questions from ScienceDebate2008, presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama outlined how they plan to address science issues, if elected. Both candidates said they would implement a cap-and-trade system to reduce emissions. Regarding energy policies, Obama said he would increase building-efficiency and fuel-economy standards, while McCain said he would support building 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030. Chemical & Engineering News (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Industry News 
  • Dow Chemical opens emergency-operations center in La.
    Dow Chemical held a ribbon-cutting Monday for a $4.6 million emergency-operations center at its St. Charles plant in Louisiana. The center is designed to withstand 200-mph winds and includes a second-floor operations room situated 23 feet above sea level. At the ceremony, the Dow Foundation presented $50,000 for hurricane relief to the parish. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Q2 shipments of plastics machinery down from 2007
    The value of primary plastics machinery and equipment shipped in the second quarter totaled $195 million, down 12% from the total shipped in the same quarter a year ago, according to the Society of the Plastics Industry. New industrial equipment investment, however, is expected to increase by 4% in 2009, according to the report. Canadian Plastics (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Public Health & Environment 
  • Plastics seen as possible cause of lobster disease
    A chemical in plastic could be the cause of lobster epizootic shell disease, according to University of Connecticut cell biologist Hans Laufer. The disease has affected lobsters along the New England coast, and the biologist said that while alkylphenols were found in lobsters, he is still trying to determine how and where the plastic component is contaminating lobsters. Wicked Local/Harwich, Mass. (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Energy & Climate 
  • Offshore drilling again authorized, but is still years away
    Although the ban on offshore drilling has been lifted, it may be a few years before production from the areas begins, experts say. The Interior Department is not expected to begin selling leases until 2010, and oil and natural gas companies will need time to analyze data and decide where to go. Forbes/Reuters (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC statement: ACC believes NGO reports on REACH impacts create unnecessary confusion and public concern
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  • This week's chlorine chemistry report
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