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February 5, 2013
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  Business Update 
 
  • Sasol moving ahead on La. petrochem project
    Sasol is working on engineering and regulatory requirements for its planned ethane cracker and integrated gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana, said executive André de Ruyter. "We're engaging with any number of contractors on, first of all, front-end engineering and design, the engineering work, project management. We are talking to some of the gas suppliers. We're talking to some of the ethane suppliers. And thus far, the reaction has been very positive," he said. E&E TV (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CRS issues new report about Gulf oil spill
    A report by the Congressional Research Service documents the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including BP's cleanup expenditures and response operations. There were about 47,000 response workers and 7,000 vessels in the Gulf region at the height of the response, while as of last month, only 935 workers remained. More than 60 related congressional hearings were held and more than 150 bills proposed, the report added. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Chemical Technology News 
  • BASF's fridge concept uses polyurethanes
    BASF has revealed a concept refrigerator that uses Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane for insulation and attractive designs. "Rather than produce refrigerators itself, BASF aims to demonstrate with cutting-edge designs all that is possible with PU as a material. Transcending the bounds of pure insulation, it is capable of inspiring refrigerator manufacturers to develop new approaches," BASF said. European Plastics News (U.K.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy, Sustainability & Safety 
  • Air Products showcases CCS technology at refinery
    Air Products and Chemicals has installed a $400 million demonstration-scale carbon-capture system that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions at Valero's Port Arthur Refinery in Texas by about 1 million tons per year. The project was partly funded by the Department of Energy and will enter its second phase when Air Products installs additional equipment. The project's success proves the pilot technology "can be readily replicated and deployed into commercial practice within the industry," according to the Energy Department. FuelFix.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA seeks to raise target for biofuel purchases in 2013
    U.S. refineries would need to purchase about 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel in 2013 under a new proposal unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency. The move comes after a federal appeals court struck down the EPA's mandate for such purchases. "This stealth tax on gasoline might be the most egregious example of bad public policy, and consumers could be left to pay the price. EPA needs a serious reality check," Bob Greco, the American Petroleum Institute's downstream group director, said in response. FuelFix.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Biological Engineering & Pharmaceuticals 
  Materials & Nanotechnology 
  • Nanoparticle product cleanses pollutants from stormwater runoff
    A nanoparticle sponge developed by an ABSMaterials chemist soaks up 90% to 100% of the pollutants in stormwater runoff, then releases them slowly enough into the soil that plants and microbes can biodegrade the chemicals safely. "We can't build a pipe to every parking lot and agricultural field, but if we can take a small amount of space and turn it into green infrastructure, we can treat the water on site and percolate it into groundwater cleanly," said Paul Edmiston, the sponge's developer. PopularMechanics.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Education & Government Update 
  • Neb. says pipeline law doesn't violate Constitution
    A Nebraska law that creates a review process for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline doesn't violate the Constitution, according to the Nebraska Attorney General's Office. This comes in response to a lawsuit filed by three opponents of the pipeline, who claim the law is unconstitutional as it prohibits judicial review or details criteria for evaluation. ABC News/The Associated Press (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Focus 
  • 5 steps to ensure your career survives hard times
    Setting up an emergency fund, diversifying your skills and experience and strengthening your network are all ways to build a career "insurance policy," Alan Henry writes. You should also consider "finding ways to take some of your interest areas, hobbies, or passions that you may want to turn into careers someday and turning them into a second income stream," he writes. Lifehacker (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Institute News 
  • Introducing AIChE Letters: Fast publication of research results
    The AIChE Journal recently began publishing a new type of manuscript, AIChE Letters. According to Editor Michael Harold, AIChE Letters are intended to report high-impact findings that can be communicated in an abbreviated manuscript. "We will carry out rapid, but comprehensive, review with ... an expedited time to print," Harold says. Access to the entire January 2013 issue of the AIChE Journal, in which AIChE Letters debuted, is free, regardless of subscription status.  Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last call for Institute and Board award nominations
    If you want to nominate a colleague for any of AIChE's Institute and Board of Directors' awards, the deadline is Friday, Feb. 15. Forms, available on the Web. These awards honor eminent chemical engineers for career accomplishments, service to society, and service to the Institute. In recent years, several new awards have been added to highlight special industrial achievements. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Laozi,
Chinese philosopher


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