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February 14, 2013
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  • ACC's Dooley: Align federal energy policies with pro-production message
    President Barack Obama received praise from industry groups including the American Chemistry Council for discussing domestic energy production, but those groups also asked the president to make sure his policies match up. "We are pleased to hear President Obama commit to advancing a pro-growth, national energy strategy that will harness America's vast energy resources, especially natural gas. ... We hope the president's support for aggressive, responsible development of domestic natural gas will be apparent not only in his remarks, but in future actions of his administration," said Cal Dooley, ACC president and CEO. ICIS News (U.K.)/(subscription required) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read more from ACC on the opportunity to increase polystyrene foam recycling in NYC  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shell continues evaluating possible Pa. ethane plant
    Shell Chemicals is still weighing whether to go ahead with a planned petrochemical facility in Pennsylvania, said spokeswoman Kimberly Windon. "We need to confirm the suitability of the site, secure ethane feedstock supply, complete the engineering and design work, confirm the support of customers for our products, receive all the necessary permits and confirm that the project is economically robust and competitive," she said. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Researchers work to improve lithium ion battery safety
    Lithium ion batteries can be made safer through multiple efforts under research. Scientists are working to reduce the reactivity of the materials that electrically insulate the positive and negative electrodes, to reduce the flammability of the electrolyte solution that transports lithium ions through the battery, and to improve battery-management systems. Chemical & Engineering News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Why too much of a good thing is bad for leadership
    Even positive traits such as confidence can become problematic if they become excessive, writes Samuel Bacharach, director of Cornell University's Institute of Workplace Studies. "[W]hen a leader has an excess of confidence, it generally means he or she also has a surfeit of ego," he writes. Similarly, a determined leader may run into trouble if he or she refuses to make adjustments. Inc. online (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 keys to building a front-line-focused organization
    Senior leaders who are committed to a front-line-focused organization must establish a vision that puts customers first, respect and encourage insight from front-line employees, and "obsess over talent," among other steps, write Noel M. Tichy and Chris DeRose in this book excerpt. Executives "must imagine what the ideal customer interaction will look like and ask where breakdowns may occur throughout the process, from generating customer awareness to building post-sale relationships," they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC: U.S.-EU trade agreement must focus on delivering real cost savings for U.S. manufacturers
    The following statement can be attributed to Mike Walls, American Chemistry Council vice president of regulatory and technical affairs, in response to a formal recommendation by the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth to forge a trans-Atlantic trade and investment agreement:

    "ACC strongly supports the Working Group's recommendation for the U.S. and EU to negotiate a comprehensive, ambitious trade and investment agreement that eliminates tariffs and import duties on trans-Atlantic chemicals trade, and significantly reduces regulatory inefficiencies while protecting human health and the environment."

    Read the full statement from ACC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't forget: Register now for GlobalChem 2013
    For nearly 30 years, this annual conference has provided a unique educational opportunity for chemical industry professionals. Participation in this Conference provides you with information and interaction with experts on the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act, emerging issues and trends in the product stewardship arena and equivalent international regulations. Feb. 25 to 27, National Harbor, Md. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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