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March 21, 2013
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  • Shale gas boom revived chemical sector, ExxonMobil's Pryor says
    The North American chemical industry is one of the main beneficiaries of the shale natural gas boom, said ExxonMobil Chemical President Stephen Pryor. "This has boosted profitability and enabled the industry to regain its position as America's largest exporter. It has also stimulated new investment. For the first time in more than a decade, major capacity additions have been announced that convert ethane to ethylene," he added. PlasticsToday.com (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Congressman: EPA's Science Advisory Board "ripe for improvement"
    The Environmental Protection Agency should improve the breadth and credibility of the experts on its Science Advisory Board. "EPA routinely touts the work of its 'independent science advisers' in promoting and defending its controversial regulatory agenda. The record is clear: The SAB is ripe for improvement," said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, chairman of the environment subcommittee of the House Science Committee. EENews.net (subscription required) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: NYC polystyrene ban would be costly for consumers, businesses
    A polystyrene ban in New York City would almost double food-service costs for businesses and cost consumers and businesses about $91.3 million annually, according to a study conducted by MB Public Affairs for the American Chemistry Council. Such a ban "would require businesses and consumers to switch to higher cost alternatives that are in many cases inferior to polystyrene products. And most importantly, it would have little to no impact on waste reduction or other environmental concerns," the report states. WasteRecyclingNews.com (3/20), Waste360 (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Northeast drillers, green groups reach fracking-standards deal
    Several major energy firms have struck a deal with environmental groups about the creation of strict standards for hydraulic fracturing in the Northeast. The standards cover groundwater protection, methane emission limits, enhanced well designs and the consumption of less fracking fluids. "This is a bit of a unique coming-together of a variety of different interests," Bruce Niemeyer, president of Chevron Appalachia, said in describing the agreement. FuelFix.com/The Associated Press (3/20), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • W.Va. eyes downstream benefits from shale gas
    West Virginia is looking to capitalize on natural gas investments and downstream manufacturing opportunities. "This is a real opportunity for the chemical industry to build in this area, because natural gas is their mother's milk," Marty Durbin of the American Petroleum Institute said at the Marcellus to Manufacturing conference, where American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley was slated to speak. Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.) (3/20), The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • ACC: Recyclers can help promote plastics
    Plastics recyclers have a key role to play in educating consumers about the environmental benefits of recycling the material, said speakers including Steve Russell, head of the American Chemistry Council's plastics division, during a meeting of plastics recyclers. "It is our experience that policymakers who have been the most vocal critics of plastics have consistently been told that plastics recycling is a myth. It is critically important [for recyclers] to speak up," Russell said. PlasticsNews.com/The Plastics blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Make "mistakes and failures" your watchwords
    Good innovators need just two words -- "mistakes" and "failures," writes Howard A. Tullman. It's important to allow people to make mistakes, and to seek to understand how failures can eventually lead to successes. "Understanding and discussing these two ideas correctly in every conversation about innovation is crucial to your focus, clarity and momentum," Tullman writes. Inc. online (free registration) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Did you accidentally hire a "corporate misfit"?
    Even the most promising recruit can underdeliver, Ritika Trikha writes. That's typically because you've inadvertently hired a "cultural misfit" who doesn't match up to the work environment. "In most cases, you simply can't fit a square into a circle," Trikha writes. "So it's up to you to decide just how flexible you are willing to be with your smart, cultural misfit." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC: Senate's "FAIR Act" would spur new domestic energy production and encourage American manufacturing growth
    The American Chemistry Council released the following statement in response to the introduction of the FAIR Act by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that would expand revenue sharing to coastal states from offshore energy production:

    "The Fixing America's Inequality with Revenues (FAIR) Act introduced today by Senators Landrieu and Murkowski is a much-needed boost to coastal states with offshore energy resources, providing greater incentives for those states to maximize their energy potential and support the resurgence in the U.S. manufacturing sector."

    Read ACC's full statement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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