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March 28, 2013
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  • ACC to contribute to EPA's TSCA chemical assessments
    The Environmental Protection Agency is set to begin the evaluation of 23 common chemicals for health and environmental risks. The move is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan and will primarily involve flame retardants. "Those of our members with expertise and information will contribute to EPA's planned assessment of these substances. These chemicals, including flame retardants, provide significant benefits and many have been subjected to reviews by national and international government bodies," said the American Chemistry Council. Chemical Week (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read ACC's statement on EPA's TSCA chemical assessments for 2013, and learn about the North American Flame Retardant Alliance's commitment to working with EPA on flame retardant assessments.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Petrochemical activity drives economy, employment in Texas
    Houston's economy is benefiting from increased petrochemical production, employment and industrial activity in the region. "We have low cost, affordable feedstocks again in North America. It's the start of what some of us in the industry call a renewal of our industry in the United States," said Earl Shipp, vice president and site director for Dow Chemical's Texas operations. "For every one direct chemical job in one of our plants, there are six additional indirect or induced jobs to serve that job," said ChevronPhillips Chemical CEO Peter Cella. KUHF-AM/KUHF-FM (Houston) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA's research is "central to our understanding of BPA"
    The Food and Drug Administration's science-based research on bisphenol A is groundbreaking and finally gaining acknowledgement from some anti-BPA activists, writes Trevor Butterworth, who interviews Daniel Doerge of the FDA. The FDA's research is finding that "internal exposures to active BPA, whether in the mother or in the fetus, are orders of magnitude lower than those in most so-called 'low dose' studies claiming adverse effects," Butterworth writes. Forbes (3/27), The Gazette (Montreal) (tiered subscription model) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: South Texas is benefiting from Eagle Ford development
    The development of the Eagle Ford Shale generated $61 billion in economic activity in South Texas in 2012 and supported 116,000 jobs, according to a report from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Over 5,400 wells in the formation have received approval from the Texas Railroad Commission, but the study predicts more than 24,000 wells in the play by 2022. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BASF to divest water division, invest in new technologies
    BASF is looking to sell its French water-management unit and combine a separate water-solutions unit with mining and oilfield solutions operations. "These efforts will be backed by considerable investments in new technologies in Europe as well as in North America and in [research and development]," said Hans Reiners, who heads BASF's performance-chemicals operations. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cancel your meetings and go for a walk around the office
    There are better ways for bosses to spend their time than in endless meetings and evaluation sessions, writes S. Chris Edmonds. The best leaders take charge of their schedules and make plenty of time for walking around the workplace, engaging directly with workers and modeling the kinds of values they hope to see emulated. "These leaders invest time in observing by wandering around, connecting one-on-one with frontline team leaders and frontline employees and asking how things are going," Edmonds explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why companies sacrifice innovation while seeking efficiency
    Many organizations tend to prioritize efficiency and short-term problem solving over the sort of long-term thinking that is required for innovation, Jeffrey Phillips writes. "We need to break the cycle of efficiency, not to return to sloth and inefficiency, but to return to good management," he writes. Innovate on Purpose (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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