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November 5, 2012
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  • Natural gas can help Mich. chemical industry, overall economy
    Michigan already has 28,000 people employed in the natural gas industry, with that number expected to double by 2035, writes Jim Standley, director of government relations for Linn Energy. One of the key beneficiaries is the state's chemical industry, which is the country's 12th-biggest, according to the American Chemistry Council. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Export Due Diligence In Chemical Markets Abroad
TOXIC SUBSTANCES EXPORT CONTROLS - As companies that sell or use chemicals expand internationally, their success can depend on compliance with regulatory regimes that prohibit the unlicensed export and reexport of chemicals and related items. This Bloomberg BNA Insight examines U.S. export restrictions. Download the free white paper now and get 7 days FREE access to Chemical Regulation Reporter.
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  • ACC: Problems with IRIS require industry's public comments
    Chemical assessments through the federal Integrated Risk Information System are being criticized for the extensiveness of public comments, but those are needed because of IRIS' flaws, the American Chemistry Council says. The Environmental Protection Agency's program has "persistent scientific problems," and "[w]e believe fixing these issues will help to better target and direct public comments and will likely speed up the issuance of final IRIS assessments," ACC said. Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read more from ACC on the importance of a clear and transparent risk-assessment process based in sound science  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fracking is a key issue in N.Y. elections, experts say
    Hydraulic fracturing has become a crucial issue in New York as the election nears, particularly in regions where drilling would be performed, observers say. Pro-fracking group Joint Landowners Coalition of New York has issued endorsements for several candidates. "Electing pro-gas candidates at the local level will be crucial while we wait for our courts to determine the extent of local and state control over natural gas development," said Dan Fitzsimmons, head of the group. Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)/The Associated Press (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: Plastics-recycling comments were done properly
    Changes to plastics-recycling information presented in California textbooks are not a reflection on the chemical industry's data, the American Chemistry Council said. "The American Chemistry Council and dozens of others provided written input. ... Even some of ACC's critics agree that we simply did what we and others were asked to do," said Steve Russell, ACC vice president for plastics. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Milliken showcases sustainable packaging additives
    Milliken Chemical touted the sustainability of additives for packaging applications, including the Millad NX 8000 and Hyperform HPN-20E nucleator, at a recent trade event. "We're always thinking from a sustainable standpoint. We think about each component of the packaging value chain and work to take our sustainable story to the next level," said Heather Newland of Milliken's North American unit. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • What you should know about innovation and how to achieve it
    One way to fuel new ideas is to expose yourself and your team to different industries and thought processes, Nicola Smith writes. You should also understand that risk and failure are part of the nature of innovation, she writes. "Encourage your team to take chances and give them a safe environment in which to experiment," she advises. iMedia Connection (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports this week were mostly positive. All eyes were on Friday's employment report (the last before the election), and while job growth was better than expected, the unemployment rate ticked up as the labor force grew faster than the number of employed people. In the manufacturing sector, the ISM index edged higher, suggesting that the manufacturing sector expanded at a higher rate. New orders continued to gain. Regionally, however, the results were mixed. Manufacturing in energy-rich Texas expanded, while in Chicago, manufacturing stalled.

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  • ACC photo contest highlights energy savings from chemistry innovations
    Only two weeks remain for contestants to submit their photos to enter the American Chemistry Council's #Chemistry2Energy Photo Contest, with five of the final eight qualifiers having already become eligible for the $1,419 grand prize. That's how much the average U.S. household paid for electricity alone in 2010. The contest, part of ACC's energy and advocacy awareness campaign From Chemistry To Energy, calls on Americans to submit photos that demonstrate some of the steps they have taken to become more "energy efficient" in their daily lives, and to discuss the role chemistry may have played in making their efforts possible.

    Read the full contest rules for instructions on how to participate in ACC's #Chemistry2Energy Photo Contest. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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