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February 20, 2013
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  • N.C. lawmaker pushes for shale permits in 2015
    North Carolina state Sen. E.S. Newton introduced a bill that would allow the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources to approve permits for hydraulic fracturing beginning in March 2015. "We wanted to give companies an incentive to come earlier rather than later," Newton said. The bill also includes a flexible severance tax and attempts to streamline the permit process. Rigzone (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EPA details work on IRIS recommendations
    The Environmental Protection Agency says it is implementing multiple suggested reforms to its Integrated Risk Information System assessments. The revisions include template changes to "substantially reduce the volume of text and address redundancies and inconsistencies in assessments," separating hazard identification and dose-response analysis into their own categories, and improving the transparency of evidence weighting. "The IRIS program recognizes the benefit of adopting a formal weight-of-evidence framework that includes standardized classification of causality," EPA said. (subscription required) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: EPA research backs safety of BPA
    Banning bisphenol A in food-packaging applications may create health concerns because BPA lining helps protect food from contamination, writes Paul Alexander. "While you may likely find hundreds of studies on BPA, many use novel approaches or are of limited relevance to human exposure," said Steve Hentges of the American Chemistry Council. "Perhaps most relevant to actual, real-world safety is the recent research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency [which] indicates that, because of the way BPA is processed in the body, it is very unlikely that it could cause health effects at any realistic exposure level." The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China struggles with fracking technology
    China is unlikely to meet internal natural gas production targets, according to this analysis. Inexperience in underground extraction methods and a lack of drilling technology mean China needs to find industry partners, says analyst Neil Beveridge. Bloomberg (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • 3-D printers catch on with researchers
    Three-dimensional printing technology is gaining favor in scientific and academic labs. Scientists at Michigan Technological University are using a low-cost printer to cheaply produce a model solar-powered laptop charger. "I see a future where you could have a state-of-the-art lab that's been completely printed," said university scientist Joshua M. Pearce. Chemical & Engineering News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Leadership: The difference between life and death at the South Pole
    Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott believed in the power of noble intentions -- but that led him to set overly ambitious goals, to fail to plan effectively and, ultimately, to perish, writes Art Petty. By contrast, Roald Amundsen took a more pragmatic approach to exploration and was able to guide his team to success. "Don't get caught up in the nobility of your tactics, when there may well be a better, less-elegant approach to save the project, your job or in Scott's case, his life," Petty writes. (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A promotion doesn't automatically make you a leader
    Leaders don't gain the "skills and strengths of a Steve Jobs" just because they're given a new title and expanded authority, writes Joel Garfinkle. To succeed and lead your former peers, you'll need to be open to learning and developing on the job. "Cut yourself some slack and allow for time for the growth to take place," Garfinkle advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC comments on WHO/UNEP endocrine-disrupting chemicals report
    The World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme released a report yesterday entitled "State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals" regarding the health effects of human exposure to certain chemicals. The results encourage more in-depth research on the relationship between endocrine disrupting chemicals and their potential impact on human health. The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement in response:

    "ACC believes it is important to better understand how chemical exposures might impact the endocrine system to cause adverse health effects. To help identify and address potential risks associated with chemicals, ACC's members have contributed to the research and development of standardized and validated screens and tests to study substances and their potential effects on the endocrine system."

    Read ACC's full statement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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