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January 28, 2013
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  • Lautenberg reintroduces chemical-security legislation
    Two bills introduced last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., would increase industry regulations through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards and allow the Environmental Protection Agency to oversee certain chemical-handling water facilities. Affected sites would be required to analyze -- and possibly implement -- the security benefits of a switch to inherently safe chemicals or processes. Global Security Newswire (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.C. regulator discusses tough rules for fracking
    The North Carolina Mining & Energy Commission is studying what some consider tough hydraulic fracturing policies as part of efforts to overhaul energy rules in the state. Meetings were concluded last week, and discussions are expected to proceed in March about water testing, chemical reporting and wastewater disposal. "We're trying to come up with the toughest reasonable laws," said Commissioner George Howard. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Design students tout plastics-enabled vehicle-lightweighting concepts
    A semester-long initiative funded by the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division educates students at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit about the advantages of using plastics as a material for vehicles. Design students developed concepts that reduced weight and improved fuel economy. One student came up with a model truck made mostly of plastic materials. The Detroit News (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers tout safer lithium-ion battery system
    Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a nano-based electrolyte that could boost the efficiency, safety and capacity of lithium-ion batteries. "To make a safer, lightweight battery, we need the design at the beginning to have safety in mind," said Chengdu Liang, a researcher at the lab. United Press International (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
 
  • 3 things holding back your company's innovation
    Companies aspire to perpetual, unrelenting innovation -- but few ever achieve that, writes Gerard Tellis. Instead, firms are held back by fear of cannibalizing their existing products, a focus on the present rather than the future, and risk aversion. "These three traits ... constitute what I call, the 'incumbent's curse,' " Tellis writes. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why companies should start investing in women
    Businesses should be investing more in women, write U.S. ambassador Melanne Verveer and Women in the World Foundation chief Kim Azzarelli. Women are the "third billion" -- an underserved global demographic with growing spending power and plenty to offer back to businesses and their communities. "As corporate leaders look for resilient dynamism and growth in 2013, there are no better partners poised to deliver profits and progress across geographies," Verveer and Azzarelli argue. The Daily Beast (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The few economic reports this week were mostly positive. There was good news from the housing market, where, despite declines in December, the general trend continues to move upward. For the year as a whole, new-home sales in 2012 exceeded sales in 2011, and this marks the first annual gain since 2005. The ACC January 2013 reading of its Chemicals Activity Barometer, a new leading macroeconomic indicator, indicated that the CAB rose for the sixth consecutive month. The CAB continues to signal an expanding economy into mid-2013.

    Read more from ACC on the January 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
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