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January 18, 2013
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  • ACC hopes to see TSCA bill during 2013 or '14
    The American Chemistry Council's primary legislative goal remains a bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill, said Mike Walls, ACC's vice president of regulatory and technical affairs. "We believe we can get a working bipartisan, sensible bill sometime in 2013-2014," he said. IndustryWeek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Policy Watch 
  • EPA's draft fracking report draws criticism from Sen. Vitter
    The Environmental Protection Agency's draft report linking water contamination to hydraulic fracturing is marred by political motives and poor science, said Sen. David Vitter, R-La. His remarks, in a letter to the EPA, came after the agency extended for the third time its comment period for the study. "Immediately upon its initial release, serious substantive concerns were raised, not only in regard to the quality of the science and methodology used by EPA, but also as to the findings and conclusions drawn from that flawed data and process," Vitter wrote. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: End of offshoring jobs begins
    America's practice of sending jobs to foreign lands is waning, but the demise of offshoring is no cause for complacency about the labor market, according to The Economist. "The shift of jobs back to developed countries is an encouraging sign that the flow of jobs need not be one-way," the magazine notes. "But only if governments and people in prosperous places invest heavily in building up skills will the workforces there properly benefit." The Economist (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Chemical urges addition of "recover" to life-cycle mentality
    The packaging industry should expand its "reduce, reuse, recycle" philosophy to include "recover" as a way of reflecting comprehensive efforts for post-consumer materials, according to Dow Chemical. "The key is understanding how energy recovery works as a system because mechanical recycling and energy recovery can work together. We have the potential to recycle and recovery energy from a large amount of material," said Jeff Wooster, the company's global sustainability leader for plastics. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • British firm touts nano-enabled watertight coating for devices
    British company P2i has come up with a nanotechnology-based liquid substance that provides an invisible, repellent coating. The liquid solution was developed for military applications but has found consumer-technology potential for mobile devices. "We see the future as everything being treated with P2i's technology," said Stephen Coulson, a chemical engineer who led the product's development. CNN (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Stop rewarding your company's escape artists
    Bosses shouldn't reward workers for narrowly avoiding catastrophes, writes Jane Perdue. Getting that close to disaster in the first place is a sign of poor planning, Perdue explains. "Great CEOs achieve the right results by assuring that just the right amount of planning happens," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 realities about being innovative
    Many leaders struggle with innovation in the workplace, writes Jeff DeGraff of the University of Michigan's business school. He describes five characteristics of innovation and how to use them at work, including the importance of failing "early, often and out of sight," working on the impossible problems and being willing to "[p]ractice circling your innovation project" for possible mistakes. Management Innovation eXchange/FreshMIX blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • FluoroCouncil to attend Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Jan. 23 to 26
    The FluoroCouncil, the global organization representing the world's leading fluoro-technology companies, will attend the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Jan. 23 to 26. Please join us at booth #32016E at the Salt Palace Convention Center to learn about the benefits of fluoro-technology in outdoor apparel. Booth #32016E is conveniently located in the corridor outside Hall One and Hall A. Read the full blog post or, to learn more about the FluoroCouncil and its commitment to stewardship sustainability, visit the website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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