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January 9, 2013
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  • Why plastics could lead the U.S. manufacturing renaissance
    The promise of an American manufacturing revival may depend on the availability of cheap feedstock for making plastics, writes Kevin Bullis. "The impact of cheap natural gas on manufacturing could extend beyond the production of various chemicals. Using natural gas as an energy source, rather than a chemical feedstock, could significantly lower costs for manufacturers who use a lot of energy," Bullis writes. "Overall, cheaper chemicals, cheaper steel, and cheaper transportation could make the U.S. a far more attractive place for a wide range of industries," he adds. MIT Technology Review online (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. set record in 2011 for natural gas output, EIA says
    Natural gas production in the U.S. increased by 6.2% in 2011 from the year before, for a record of 28.5 trillion cubic feet, according to the Energy Information Administration. Output from shale reserves increased 46%, to 8.5 trillion cubic feet, with shale accounting for 30% of all natural gas production. Bloomberg (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Biocatalytic technology drives cosmetics sustainability
    Biocatalytic processing is reducing the energy and solvent demands of cosmetics production, writes Gregory Nelson, chief technology officer at Eastman Chemical. The technology, however, still faces cost disadvantages. "While biocatalysts for the production of green and natural ingredients is still in its infancy, it holds great potential for the continued 'greening' of the cosmetics industry worldwide," Nelson writes. Environmental Leader (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Common traits of the best business leaders
    A lot of people try to give advice in the corporate world, and you should be wary of listening to people who haven't experienced success of their own, Steve Tobak writes. "If you have a choice, you should learn from those who've actually accomplished what you're trying to do." The best business leaders are adept at making decisions and fix problems when they occur, he writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Last Word blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • The right stuff: ACC's Alternate Security Program
    When President Barack Obama last month made securing America's critical infrastructure one of his administration's top priorities, ACC members were already under way with the rollout of a effort designed to streamline and improve the implementation of the nation's primary chemical security regulatory program, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. This new effort makes use of the Alternate Security Program and is a product of ACC's ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To help promote the use of the ASP, we're releasing a guidance document and template with detailed instructions for implementing the plan.

    Read more from ACC on the new guidance document and the Alternate Security Program. Interested in learning more on ACC's security policy? Visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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