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December 4, 2012
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  • North American dominance in shale gas could last 10 years
    Significant shale development outside the U.S. might not happen for 10 years, according to this analysis. Energy companies are facing challenges involving regulations, geology, mineral rights and infrastructure needs. "The mineral rights, the availability of small players to enter the market, the availability of geological data, these things are all part of an entrepreneurial model that is unique to the United States," says Julio Friedmann of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Wall Street Journal (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Policy Watch 
  • Dow Chemical CEO: Chinese slowdown threatens growth
    Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris said the company expects sluggish global economic growth, with China being a contributing factor. While manufacturing there is picking up, "markets have, in a holistic sense, really been suffering more from China's slowdown than any slowdown here in the United States," he said. "We'd been used to double-digit growth rates in plastics now in China now for the better part of a decade, and now that's slowed to stopped in this last six months," Liveris added. The Wall Street Journal (12/3), Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siloxanes monitoring provides test of EPA-industry relationship
    The chemical industry may be forced into monitoring two components of siloxanes if the Environmental Protection Agency ends negotiations in favor of a directive, writes Jeff Stier of the National Center for Public Policy Research. "Some experts already consider the EPA's hard-line approach a regulatory short-cut, given Congress's decision not to give EPA additional authority through a reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act," Stier writes. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plastics recycling rate is low despite access to programs
    The U.S. plastics recycling rate is at 8%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, even though recycling opportunities are available to more than 80% of Americans, writes Heather Caliendo. "I guess you can say it's good to know that people do want to help and learn how to be 'eco-friendly.' People should be encouraged to recycle for many reasons, and the industry definitely has a business case for it," Caliendo writes. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Energy Department funds development of flow battery at Harvard
    The Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, has awarded a $600,000 grant to researchers at Harvard University for development of a flow battery, a type of fuel cell that could be used to store energy from renewable power sources. "We think our particular approach could have advantages over other flow batteries, such as higher power density, high efficiency, inexpensive chemicals and a safer type of energy storage," professor Michael Aziz said. "The success of this program would render intermittent renewables like wind and photovoltaics dispatchable at will and thereby permit them to supply a large fraction of our electricity needs." EE Times Europe (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Why every company needs a boss of innovation
    To create a culture of innovation, start by creating an innovation infrastructure, advises Rowan Gibson. Appoint an "innovation czar" to oversee your company's creativity, along with part-time "innovation mentors" and full-time "innovation consultants" to coach and support future innovators. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Strengthening IRIS will lead to more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public stakeholder meeting last month regarding steps to improve the agency's primary chemical safety assessment program, known as the Integrated Risk Information System, which acts as a leading source of health risk information for other federal, state and international regulatory bodies.

    "The best way to deal with complex issues, whether they be scientific or otherwise, is through public dialogue and transparency," said Dr. Kenneth Olden, the newly appointed director of EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment, who invited ACC and other stakeholders to lead the discussion. More than 400 participants tuned in both online and in person to the dialogue, signaling that an inclusive stakeholder process will be vital to ensuring the IRIS program can provide the highest quality science-based human health assessments to support the agency's regulatory activities.

    Read more on the importance of a transparent, scientifically sound IRIS program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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