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February 9, 2012
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  • Dooley: Energy policy should be "a safe harbor" from politics
    The American Chemistry Council is promoting energy policies that focus on domestic production and manufacturing, and it is prepared to approach both parties this year and beyond. "There's a role for our industry, the American Chemistry Council, to play, to say, 'When it comes to energy, this ought to be a safe harbor, and we ought to check our partisan politics at the door,' " said Cal Dooley, ACC's president and CEO. Roll Call (free content) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC: OMB has crucial role in reviewing "chemicals of concern" list
    The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed "chemicals of concern" list has spent almost two years under review by the regulatory affairs division of the White House's Office of Management and Budget. "It is OMB's job to closely review the proposed action and consider any negative economic impact; we appreciate that officials are taking the time they need to fully study the matter," said the American Chemistry Council. The Center for Public Integrity (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nonbottle rigid plastics recycling increased 72% in 2010
    More than 825 million pounds of rigid nonbottle plastics were recycled in 2010, up 72% from the previous year and more than double 2008's total, according to data released by the American Chemistry Council. "We are discussing with cities and making sure they are aware that there are strong markets for these materials in the United States," said Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets for ACC. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Impact-fee bill heads to Pa. governor for approval
    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill to impose an impact fee on natural gas-drilling operations. The measure, which heads to the governor for his signature, would set drilling fees that will move in accordance with natural gas prices. "This legislation reaffirms our strong commitment to safe and responsible natural gas development here in Pennsylvania," said Gov. Tom Corbett. The Wall Street Journal (2/8), Associated Press (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marcellus coalition's Klaber: States should regulate hydraulic fracturing
    State governments would fare best in regulating shale drilling, says Marcellus Shale Coalition President and Executive Director Kathryn Klaber in this interview. "I would posit that the state is the only one to do it, because it's very difficult for federal regulators to understand the nuances and the geological differences when state regulators have done this for a long time, not just in oil and gas, but air, water, land. And those things all go together to do the right kind of regulation for the industry," she says. E&E TV (2/8), E&E TV (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House Democrats criticize U.S. regulators for lax drilling oversight
    House Democrats criticized the federal government for lax and inconsistent oversight of drilling on public lands. Over a 13-year period, federal regulators imposed fines on only 6% of drilling violations, according to a report from the Democratic staff of the House Natural Resources Committee. "It would be an overstatement to even call these fines a slap on the wrist. For oil and gas companies making billions from drilling on America's public lands, this kind of inadequate oversight and enforcement is little more than a pin prick," said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)/The Associated Press (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • How a DuPont division eliminated landfill waste
    DuPont's Building Innovations division recently announced that it generates zero landfill waste, and this article details the six best practices that contributed to the accomplishment. Those steps include customer alignment, senior management support, employee empowerment, creation of clear metrics, emphasis on team performance, and supplier engagement, according to Dave Walter of DuPont. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Are the best bosses young guns or old-timers?
    Conventional wisdom says old-timers make better bosses -- but in recent years, callow young CEOs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page have challenged that notion. Some argue that while it's possible to teach a young boss to manage responsibly, it's much harder for older leaders to acquire their younger counterparts' hunger, creativity and appetite for risk-taking. The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to change a company from within
    Making a company more sustainable requires advocates to win over people at all levels of an organization, says Hannah Jones, Nike's vice president of sustainable business and innovation. They must understand how to solve big problems, and also know how to create infectious passion for their vision. "You have to ultimately be consultants to the business and know how to influence it," Jones says. "You must have a massive capacity for understanding systems change." (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ACC News 
  • Introducing ACC's Biobased Chemistry Network
    Biobased chemistry is a developing and expanding area of the business of chemistry. ACC is launching a new network to provide a forum for companies and ACC to share information on existing programs and policies affecting biobased chemistry, as well as emerging developments. To launch this new network, ACC is hosting a webinar on Feb. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to introduce the network and solicit member company feedback on future activities. For more information, e-mail Emily Kolarik. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GlobalChem 2012
    Be sure to expand your knowledge in the global chemical regulations arena by making plans to attend the 2012 GlobalChem Conference and Exhibition at the Baltimore Hilton from March 5 to 7 in Baltimore, Md. GlobalChem's TSCA & International Fundamentals Workshop will take place Monday, March 5, 2012. This optional pre-conference workshop begins with a basic overview of the key sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act and includes details on EPA's New Chemical Premanufacturing Notification Review process. A special session on the Chemical Data Reporting Final Rule follows, which will go over the reporting requirements to include a discussion of byproducts reporting and a demonstration of the e-CDRweb electronic reporting tool. The pre-conference workshop concludes in the afternoon with the International Fundamentals Workshop which provides an overview of global chemical notification regulations and new developments. If you are new to TSCA, global regulations, or just want to learn more, you can't afford to miss these valuable sessions. Find out more about all GlobalChem 2012 has to offer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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