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November 16, 2012
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  • ACC: Regulatory efforts must support U.S. innovation and growth
    The American Chemistry Council expressed uneasiness about the potential effects of a tighter regulatory landscape in President Barack Obama's second term. "We of course remain concerned about overaggressive and unbalanced regulatory efforts that could stifle U.S. innovation and growth in the chemical sector, whether those be chemical regulations, environmental regulations, such as pending air and ozone rules, or federal regulatory encroachment into hydraulic fracturing practices," said ACC spokeswoman Anne Kolton. Royal Society of Chemistry (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy Watch 
  • India reviews chemicals policy
    India's Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers has issued a draft national chemicals policy and called for reducing the number of chemical-related laws and improving safety. Daniel Roczniak, the American Chemistry Council's senior director of Responsible Care, says India's safety rules should extend through supply chains. "Whether chemicals are safe when they leave the plant is a big issue. We have 91 partner companies who have to meet the same obligations as the chemical manufacturers. This strengthens the supply chain relationships between manufacturers and those who handle their products in the supply chain," he says. (subscription required) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sens. Wyden, Murkowski seek energy policy reforms
    The oil and natural gas boom that has generated manufacturing jobs needs to be highlighted in the country's revised energy policy, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is expected to become the next chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Wyden and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the top Republican in the panel, said they plan to collaborate on a bill that would balance environmental protection, job generation and economic development. "We feel really strongly about checking the gridlock at the door, working together on, in particular modernizing our energy policy," Wyden said. Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama consults Dow Chemical's Liveris, other business leaders on "fiscal cliff"
    Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris was among a number of business leaders President Barack Obama met with Wednesday to look for ways to avert a possible "fiscal cliff." "The meeting was constructive and serious, and the president was both urgent and balanced in his seeking solutions to the 'fiscal cliff' issue. The tone was one of good will and engagement and truly seeking business input and views on these solutions," Liveris said. (Michigan) (free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: North American natural gas industry is seeing an expanding market
    The North American natural gas industry faces bright economic prospects as energy production drives demand for such a fuel, according to a survey of legal and energy industry executives carried out by consulting firm Black & Veatch. "There's a very upbeat crowd here. Gas is the future," said Greg Hopper, managing director of Black & Veatch's Management Consulting Division, adding that Asian and other regional demands for natural gas are lifting a market that is "creating itself." (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Lyondell to put idled German LDPE line back into production
    LyondellBasell Industries is looking to reopen a low-density polyethylene production line at its facility in Wesseling, Germany. The line, which produced LDPE for health care applications, was halted in January. "The restoration ... and the increased focus we will obtain through our new sales organization will enable us to better serve our customers and help them to optimize their supply chain through our higher production capability," said Bob Patel, a senior vice president for olefins and polyolefins with Lyondell. Chemical Week (subscription required) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • The myths of modern leadership
    People used to think the right and ability to lead was conferred by the gods -- and a number of similar myths still plague the modern workforce, writes Brian Evje. Ideas such as that leaders are born rather than made and that leaders should be fearless and infallible are among the damaging misconceptions about the nature of 21st-century leadership, Evje writes. Inc. online (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you innovating too quickly?
    There's always a temptation for companies to drive innovation forward as quickly as possible -- but faster isn't always better, writes Michael Schrage. Innovation that moves too fast risks leaving customers behind, Schrage explains. "Can you tell when your customers feel that they're not going fast enough? Start paying less attention to your own innovation speed limits and more attention to theirs," he advises. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • America Recycles Day survey says: Americans feel they're not doing enough for the environment
    A new national survey released yesterday on America Recycles Day finds most Americans feeling less than confidant that they're doing enough to help the environment — and many say they don't really know how. Plastics Make it Possible, which commissioned the survey by Kelton Research for America Recycles Day, offers one simple approach: buy recycled.

    "It's never been easier to recycle in America, especially the plastic bottles, caps and containers that we use every day," said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which sponsors the Plastics Make it Possible initiative. "And today there are lots of opportunities to close the recycling loop by purchasing products made with recycled materials, such as plastics."

    For more information about plastics recycling, visit Read more on the recent study. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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