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  • ACC's Dooley fights for "balanced approach" to industry regulation
    Policy priorities are a major part of the job for American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley, a former congressman. "Our industry, like any industry, advocates for a balanced approach" to regulation, Dooley said in an interview. "We try to operate in a very bipartisan manner. We have to manage our issues in a manner that's consistent with a very contentious and polarized political environment," he added. The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EPA releases final rules on industrial boiler emissions
    The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized rules for greenhouse-gas emission limits at large industrial boilers. The rules require about 2,300 large sites in the U.S. to comply with the set limits within three years, with a one-year extension available to enable the installation of control equipment. EPA said the rule will reduce the industry's annual compliance expenses. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA releases progress report on fracking study
    The Environmental Protection Agency has reported on its ongoing efforts to assess hydraulic fracturing and water pollution. The study, which explores existing well-site data, lab studies and computer modeling, offered no conclusions but listed the research projects under way. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Mitsubushi Chemical plans Texas plant
    Mitsubishi Chemical will invest as much as $710 million for an acrylic resin-processing facility in Texas, according to a Japanese newspaper. A U.S. facility would offer cost savings compared with Japan-based production, the newspaper said. Reuters (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Corning to produce solvent-free silicone at Chinese site
    Dow Corning's Chinese unit has expanded a Shanghai site to introduce a more environmentally friendly silicone production process. "Our solventless silicone system is a great example of the cutting-edge of technology we offer our customers and which also supports our commitment to sustainable and responsible development," said Jeremy Burks, president of Dow Corning Greater China. Midland Daily News (Mich.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • End-of-year feedback? You're doing it wrong
    Bosses who hold year-end reviews for their workers are approaching feedback in the wrong way, writes Denis Wilson. Feedback should be a continuous process of praise and gradual course-correction, not a once-a-year blowout event. "Dropping bombs on employees once or twice a year only serves to build up pressure and make feedback sessions feel like indictments," Wilson writes. Fast Company online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to coach people like a carpenter
    Coaching your workers should be something you do on a daily basis, and integrate into all your leadership activities, writes Mary Jo Asmus. "Like a carpenter who knows exactly what tool to use for each situation, your coaching can become one of the tools you call upon when needed," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports released last week were mostly positive. Third quarter GDP growth was revised upwards to a more normal 3.1% annual pace, although this will not likely continue. Personal incomes and consumer spending both gained and the housing recovery is still engaged. Inventories have been reduced, mortgage credit appears easier to obtain, and positive demographic factors are reasserting themselves. The consumer is clearly taking first place in this recovery. Our Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading indicator of the broader economy and business cycle turns, continues to signal a subpar but expanding economy into 2013 but economic uncertainty ("fiscal cliff," etc.) is manifesting itself in the real economy.

    Read more from ACC on the December Chemical Activity Barometer. Interested in learning more on chemistry in commerce and the benefits of chemistry in your state? View the interactive Chemical Activity Barometer website.

    Stay informed. Subscribe to ACC's Weekly Economic Report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CPI releases free low-pressure spray foam training
    The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council in partnership with Research Foundation for Health and Environmental Effects has released a new low-pressure spray polyurethane foam health and safety training, which is available for free on The training, which is available in English and Spanish, was supported by grant funding from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    "The new Low-Pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training is the latest guidance from CPI on spray foam for professional applicators. It complements the high-pressure SPF training released in 2010. More than 6,000 individuals have accessed the high-pressure SFP training either online or in an instructor-led class. The polyurethanes industry is strongly committed to the health and safety of workers and consumers, and this new training program provides information to professional applicators on applying spray foam safely and appropriately," said CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone.Read more from ACC on the new spray foam training. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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