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January 11, 2013
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  • Learn more from ACC on the potential of shale-gas development for Pennsylvania's economy  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • La. is focused on staying a top petrochemical option
    Louisiana must work to maintain its status as a prime destination for the petrochemical industry, said Dan Borné, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association. "We need to remain vigilant. We need to fight to ensure that the chemical industry continues to spend money in Louisiana," Borné said. "A chemical company can spend $500 million on a project in your state, but that doesn't mean that you'll get the next dollar they invest," he added. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Shale gas most likely to aid manufacturing, including petrochemicals
    The U.S. shale natural gas boom will help the manufacturing industry more notably than the goal of energy independence in the short to medium term, according to a report by FitchRatings. "The primary impact of shale gas will be lower costs for US industry and consumers and expanded capacity and profits for petrochemical companies and energy-intensive material producers," the report said. Platts (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy Dept. should repeat gas export study, lawmaker says
    The Department of Energy needs to repeat a study on the potential benefits of natural gas exports, as the report incorrectly assessed the effects of exports on gas prices, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "The shortcomings of the NERA study are numerous and render this study insufficient for the Department to use in any export determination," Wyden said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC questions study claiming BPA effect on heart, kidney functions
    The American Chemistry Council is challenging a New York University School of Medicine study that links bisphenol A exposure to heightened risks of heart and kidney disease. "The authors themselves state that 'our cross sectional study cannot definitely confirm that BPA contributes to heart disease or kidney dysfunction in children,' and they note the need for further research," said Steven Hentges, head of ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Group. "Furthermore, regulators from Europe to Japan to the United States have recently reviewed hundreds of studies on BPA and repeatedly supported the continued safe use of BPA," Hentges added. (France) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Fear is the real innovation-killer
    To succeed as innovators, workers first need to conquer their fears, Jorge Barba writes. To spur that process, bosses should champion creative ideas and make it clear that everyone's perspective is important and valuable. "If everyone agrees with each other, that is a bad sign. Dissent is good when it leads to constructive criticism," Barba writes. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • 4 ways to improve your hiring process
    Companies that want to strengthen their hiring processes should focus on specific areas for improvement, such as the candidate experience, and set goals to help measure progress, Eric Friedman writes. Enhance efficiency by keeping a checklist for each stage of the hiring process, he suggests. Blogging4Jobs (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Updated building codes keep Illinois on pace with latest energy efficiency innovations
    On Jan. 1, Illinois became the second state in the nation (after Maryland) to implement the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code for residential and commercial buildings -- part of a nationwide effort to make our homes and businesses more energy efficient. ACC applauds Illinois for its leadership on energy-efficient building codes that will boost energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more from ACC on the International Energy Conservation Code and the benefits of increased energy savings. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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