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February 22, 2013
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  • ACC: GlobalChem offers forum for improving chemical management
    The annual GlobalChem conference brings together stakeholders to discuss important matters in chemical regulation and management, including reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act, says Cal Dooley, CEO and president of the American Chemistry Council. "At ACC, we are fully committed to trying to recruit a number of bipartisan sponsors of TSCA reform legislation that can pass in the Senate and then encourage action in the House," Dooley says. "The way we approach this is: 'Yes, we all know it is a difficult political environment, but we are still fully committed to moving forward with constructive legislation that would effectively modernize TSCA.' " ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Policy Watch 
  • ACC security guidance, template gain recognition from DHS
    The American Chemistry Council's guidance and template for establishing alternate security programs for chemical plants has gained recognition from the Department of Homeland Security. "The development of these regulatory tools highlights what can be achieved through a strong public/private partnership, and ACC looks forward to continuing our work with DHS to help improve the implementation of CFATS," said Bill Erny of ACC. Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • W.Va. governor: Ethane cracker for state is important
    Appalachian natural gas drilling presents real growth opportunities for West Virginia, according to industry leaders and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "I feel like the state needs to be a partner. We regulate the industry, but also it has great potential for us not only in the billions of dollars in investments made here, but will be made in the future. We continue to work toward trying to bring a cracker to West Virginia, and I think that will happen," Tomblin said. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • DuPont's new mindset
    DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman is reorganizing her company's portfolio to better suit market realities that call for science-based solutions to challenges centered on population growth and resource efficiency. "We've always been a science company, and the question is where we're focusing on science. ... So protecting people and the environment is becoming even more important as the population grows. So this creates opportunities for science to help," Kullman said. The Economic Times (India) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists focus on bio-based specialty chemicals
    Biofuels are making way for higher-margin chemicals, according to this analysis. "It's not the sophisticated chemicals that will be a problem [in a post-petroleum era]. We will find a way of making all the sophisticated chemicals that we want, as we do now. We really need to think about the low-cost, high-volume, high-mass materials," said Tom Welton of Imperial College in London. Royal Society of Chemistry (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • The 4 tenets of companies with a higher purpose
    Companies exist for reasons besides earnings, argue Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and nonprofit co-founder Raj Sisodia in their book, "Conscious Capitalism." Companies must discover that higher calling, work on behalf of all stakeholders and have a self-aware, diligent sense of leadership and culture, Henna Inam writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Use tough love to keep your team on schedule
    If your team keeps blowing deadlines, it doesn't help to keep quiet, writes Patty Azzarello. Public accountability and tracking show that being late is unacceptable, and they usually result in more projects being on time, she writes. "It's not about coming down hard on someone or being disrespectful or nasty. It's about moving the business forward," Azzarello writes. Fast Company online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences."
--W. Somerset Maugham,
British writer

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