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February 27, 2013
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  • Chemical makers to work with feds on cybersecurity efforts
    Chemical makers have been among companies targeted for trade-secret theft and cyberattacks, and they are supporting federal efforts to combat those practices through diplomatic and prosecutorial means. Dow Chemical supports "an approach that promotes voluntary, industry-led best practices to protect trade secrets. Dow will actively participate with the chemical industry and the government in this endeavor," the company said. DuPont is engaged in talks with the administration "regarding intellectual property issues, and we seek their assistance as needed in order to ensure the protection of our proprietary technology." Chemical & Engineering News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Policy Watch 
  • Congress should protect innovation in TSCA reform, DuPont exec says
    Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act should not come at the expense of innovation, said Terry Medley, global director for corporate regulatory affairs and advocacy at DuPont. TSCA reform should allow a proper assessment of chemicals used in consumer applications and set up a process for the Environmental Protection Agency to implement science-based evaluations on priority substances, he said. Confidential business information should also be protected to preserve innovation, he added. ICIS News (U.K.)/(subscription required) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Congress hints at renewed interest in energy-saving measures
    House Republicans expressed support during a hearing Tuesday for certain energy-efficiency and -conservation measures, and Sen. Jeanne Sheehan, D-N.H., said she plans to introduce a bill to reduce energy use in residential, commercial and manufacturing environments. "Efficiency measures are some of the simplest and most affordable ways to address U.S. energy demand. Reducing waste and consuming less energy are common-sense strategies to cut costs," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gas-drilling bill advances in N.C. Senate
    A bill that would allow North Carolina regulators to release permits for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing secured preliminary approval from the state Senate. The permits are necessary to spur job growth and help the state take advantage of the natural gas exploration boom, Republican lawmakers said. The measure still needs a final vote before it is sent to the state House of Representatives. SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas firm plans $1.2 billion propane-production facility
    Ascend Performance Materials Texas revealed plans to build a $1.2 billion propane dehydrogenation plant in Alvin, Texas. "Ascend's new facility in Brazoria County ... further strengthens the Gulf Coast's economy and chemical production industry," Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement. FuelFix.com (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Scientists reveal stretchable batteries for human body implants
    Researchers at two universities have developed stretchable and rechargeable batteries that could be used in humans, such as for heart and brain activity monitoring. "We start with a lot of battery components side by side in a very small space, and we connect them with tightly packed, long wavy lines. These wires provide the flexibility. When we stretch the battery, the wavy interconnecting lines unfurl, much like yarn unspooling. And we can stretch the device a great deal and still have a working battery," said Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University. LiveScience.com (2/26), United Press International (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Innovation in the age of the "big-bang disrupter"
    Companies used to have enough warning to combat potentially disruptive products from upstarts, but that may no longer be true in some sectors. "Big-bang disruptions" can rock markets with little notice, as in the case of free navigation applications that are challenging GPS companies, write Larry Downes and Paul F. Nunes of the Accenture Institute for High Performance. They argue that companies must work to identify these disruptions early, slow them down where possible and embrace a diverse model that allows for easier pivoting to new sectors. Harvard Business Review (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your company show it values talent?
    High attrition rates come with a recession, posing a challenge to human resources directors and management, Joel Garfinkle writes. He tells the story of Patrick, an HR director who created a three-point strategy for making the most of his manufacturing company's human capital, starting with getting managers excited about recruiting. Career Advancement Blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ACC News 
  • San Jose rejects foam foodservice recycling, bucking Calif. trend
    The San Jose City Council has rejected a proposal to explore recycling of polystyrene foam foodservice packaging and instead moved to restrict its use by restaurants and other local foodservice operators. The move is at odds with the trend in California to increase polystyrene foam foodservice recycling, including at curbside. Learn more on polystyrene foam foodservice products and recycling. Read more from ACC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC announces upcoming REACH workshop: Reach and CLP requirements -- what U.S. companies need to do
    ACC is partnering with Steptoe & Johnson to conduct a REACH workshop at ACC headquarters on Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join us to learn about tasks to complete before the next REACH registration deadline (May 31), lessons learned during the first registration cycle and other issues surrounding REACH compliance. Should you and/or someone on your staff plan to participate, e-mail ACC's Lora Magruder. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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