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January 7, 2013
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  • EPA issues 5 draft TSCA assessments, draws ACC praise for seeking public input
    The Environmental Protection Agency has released five of the seven initial draft assessments for chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The drafts, which are open to public comment, cover todichloromethane, n-methylpyrrolidone, trichloroethylene, antimony trioxide and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta-γ-2-benzopyran. The EPA said assessments for medium- and long-chain chlorinated paraffins will be released at an undisclosed date. The American Chemistry Council "commends EPA for seeking public comment on its draft work plan risk assessments prior to conducting scientific peer review." InsideEPA.com (free content) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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  • It's time for leaders to get real
    Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. "Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea," he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • If you save the company money, make some noise
    Many managers aim to outperform their spending targets, but not all realize the importance of quickly reporting revised spending projections, Paul Smith of Procter & Gamble writes. Not reporting savings can lead senior managers to make important strategic decisions based on inaccurate information. "If you've figured out a way to save more money, by all means do it. Just let management know about it," Smith writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports over the past few weeks suggest that the economy ended the year on a soft note. The data represent the weeks before the "fiscal cliff" compromise and thus reflect a period of anxious waiting and uncertainty. With a 24-hour news cycle dedicated to the "fiscal cliff," consumer confidence tumbled. The ISM report suggests that U.S. manufacturing returned to a slight expansion in December.

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