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March 15, 2013
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  • Dow Chemical official testifies at CFATS hearing
    It could take nine years to review the 3,120 site security plans for chemical plants awaiting approval as part of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, Stephen Caldwell of the Government Accountability Office testified during a House hearing this week. The Department of Homeland Security, which administers CFATS, is also lacking a personal surety program, said Dow Chemical's Timothy Scott. "This deficiency is a significant issue that must be addressed to ensure that all high-risk chemical facilities are safe, secure and fully comply with CFATS," Scott said on behalf of the American Chemistry Council. ICIS News (U.K.)/(subscription required) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn more from ACC on how the chemical industry and DHS can continue to work together on enhancing security regulations  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Signs of economic growth from shale gas are evident
    Shale natural gas is driving the resurgence of energy-intensive industries such as steel production, plastics and chemicals, according to this analysis. Dow Chemical, Methanex and Chevron Phillips are among companies planning shale-related petrochemical investments. Such capital expenditures could total $72 billion, add $342 billion in economic activity in the latter half of this decade, create 1.2 million jobs and generate $26 billion in government revenue, according to the American Chemistry Council. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shell may add polyethylene to Pa. petrochemical proposal
    Shell Chemicals could return to polyethylene production as part of its proposed petrochemical facility in Pennsylvania. "The cracker project is not confirmed, and polyethylene is part of that evaluation. But it is more than possible that we will return to PE as a component of complexes that we do in the future," said Graham van't Hoff, executive vice president of Shell Chemicals. Platts (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • How emerging markets could benefit from better plastic packaging
    Innovations in plastic packaging are expected to improve food safety, particularly in emerging markets. "When we look at food loss, one of the big problems in developing countries is the lack of a modern packaging system," said Keith Christman, the American Chemistry Council's managing director of plastic markets. "It's important to start with the idea that we need to protect the product and the increased recognition that getting that product safety to the customers has to be the primary goal." (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Leaders must be creators
    A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Practice (and failure) makes innovation easier
    Professional athletes spends countless time repeating the basic motions necessary for their sports, and innovation similarly requires the conditioning of repetition, Jeffrey Phillips writes. "While it may be difficult to constantly practice innovation skills, it will become vital to become far more fluid with those skills, since the pressure to innovate isn't going to be reduced any time soon," he argues. Innovate on Purpose (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Plastics deliver more choices, advances in frozen foods -- with less packaging and food waste
    During the 30th National Frozen Food Month this March, Plastics Make it Possible is honoring innovations in plastics that help deliver convenient and nutritious frozen foods -- particularly those innovations that have led to less packaging and food waste. Read more on plastics & National Frozen Food Month. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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