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December 12, 2012
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  • Interior Dept. delays issuance of fracking rules
    The Department of the Interior has delayed the implementation of rules covering hydraulic fracturing. Interior earlier planned to finalize the rules by year's end, but it now "expects action on the [hydraulic fracturing] proposal in the new year," said Blake Androff, a spokesman for the department. "[A]s we continue to offer millions of acres of America's public lands for oil and gas development, it is important that the public have full confidence that the right safety and environmental protections are in place." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC looks to chemical reform in 2013
    The American Chemistry Council is hopeful that bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act can be achieved in 2013. "We are hopeful that Senator Vitter introduces a bipartisan bill that will provide the foundation for significant progress that hopefully will result in [TSCA] legislation being passed in this Congress," said ACC CEO and President Cal Dooley. "We have been frustrated to date that we haven't seen a balanced proposal be introduced in Congress." Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CAFE rules make lightweighting critical, consultant says
    Automotive-plastics suppliers should take advantage of vehicle lightweighting trends brought by U.S. fuel-economy requirements, said Kim Korth, president of consulting group IRN. "You need to really understand the value of putting your focus on an area where there is a realistic opportunity of success," Korth said. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Research & Innovation 
  • Scientists tout chemical-development protocol for product design
    A team of chemists has developed the Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption, which could identify potential endocrine-altering substances early in a product's development cycle. "No comprehensive design tool was available for companies that wanted to seize new market opportunities, despite all the scientific advances in mechanistic understanding of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that has emerged over the past two decades. We developed TiPED to fill that need," said John Peterson Myers, one of the protocol's developers. Chemical & Engineering News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Are your goals driving you crazy?
    Goal-setting is inherently stressful, so smart bosses clearly explain their intentions rather than simply announcing goals, writes Dana Theus. That helps defuse some of the tension, and makes it easier to find creative solutions. "Intentions ... are a leader's best friend for staying sane and accomplishing more," Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stop trying to motivate your team
    The best bosses don't try to directly motivate employees, but instead focus on leading by example and encouraging people to harness personal beliefs and ideas, writes Garret Kramer. "In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long," Kramer warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Manufacturing recovery loses steam; shale gas key to recovery
    Favorable oil-to-gas price ratios driven by the production of natural gas from shale will drive a renewed U.S. competitiveness that will boost exports, and fuel greater domestic investment, economic growth and job creation within the business of chemistry, according to the Year End 2012 Situation and Outlook, published today by the American Chemistry Council.

    Prepared by ACC's Economics and Statistics Department, the Year-End Situation and Outlook is the association's annual review of the U.S. and global business of chemistry. It is used as a resource by a wide variety of industry participants, including chemical manufacturers and distribution companies, investment banks, consulting firms, governments, libraries and others seeking current analyses of economic trends information. To order a copy, visit the ACC store.

    Read the full news release on ACC's Year End 2012 Situation & Outlook. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • See how chemistry helps the U.S. save up to $85 billion a year in reduced energy costs
    ACC members make valuable contributions to our nation's portfolio of energy efficient innovations in areas like automotive, home, building and industrial efficiency. Combined, our products save up to 11.1% of total U.S. energy consumption -- enough to power, light, heat and cool up to 56 million homes or power 135 million vehicles a year. Today, with the launch of a new interactive display, we'll show you what these products are, how they work, and how they empower our nation to make more efficient (and less costly) use of our domestic energy resources. Learn more from ACC on the new energy efficiency case studies. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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