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February 21, 2013
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  • White House tackles trade-secret theft as chemical firms are targeted
    The White House says the government is implementing procedures to stop China, Russia, India and other countries from stealing billions of dollars' worth of trade secrets from U.S. businesses. The victimized U.S. firms include DuPont and Dow Chemical. Countries that attempt theft of intellectual property will be placed on a watch list, which will be used to coordinate efforts to stop them from succeeding. Reuters (2/20), The Washington Post (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC: PVC, HDPE sales were strong in 2012
    Sales of polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene increased in 2012 by 5.7% and 2.2%, respectively, according to the American Chemistry Council. Polypropylene and low-density PE posted lower gains. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Source: EPA, Energy Dept. nominees could be announced this week
    President Barack Obama could announce his choices to head the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy as soon as this week, a source said. Gina McCarthy, the EPA Office of Air and Radiation assistant administrator, is expected to be nominated as EPA administrator. Nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative, will be nominated for energy secretary, the source said. Reuters (2/20), The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: N.Y., Pa. have opposite fracking fates
    Pennsylvania is reaping the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing while New York continues to delay action on its fracking moratorium, according to this analysis. "We missed a golden opportunity, I believe, to reshape southern New York, upstate New York. We need fuel and lots of it, and we've got the cleanest fossil fuel that there is sitting right here. We should use it, put it to work, and renovate these communities," said Tom Santulli, a New York county executive. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • ACC responds to senators' letter about flame retardants  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Chemical establishes test-bed community of houses
    Dow Chemical's Building Solutions unit constructed a "test community" of 12 houses in Michigan to gather insulation and energy-consumption data. The houses have different materials used for outer walls, windows, ceilings and floors to measure performance of Dow's components and regularly available materials. Dow will lease the houses and gather feedback from occupants in a real-world evaluation. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AkzoNobel to step up sustainability measures
    AkzoNobel is seeking to lessen its cradle-to-grave greenhouse-gas emissions by 30% through the end of the decade and boost sales of its "eco-premium" offerings. "Over time we need to be able to demonstrate we can get more added value from fewer resources. This kind of investment has to be made now as it will drive the company into 2025 and beyond," said Andre Veneman, sustainability director at the company. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead like a chess master
    Former chess star Justin Moore is now CEO of cloud-services company Axcient -- and he says his time at the chessboard helped prepare him to be a better boss. Chess is deeply strategic and involves planning several moves ahead, just as CEOs need to plan for their company's future. "Chess is constantly teaching you to think about what comes next, and what comes after that, and what the repercussions could be," Moore says. Fast Company online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assess conflict before attacking it
    Savvy leaders know it's critical to assess a conflict before attempting to resolve it, Dan McCarthy writes. Conflicts of emotions, needs and values each have to be handled differently, so first determine the type of conflict and then select the proper response, McCarthy writes. Great Leadership (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • 2013 SPE International Polyolefins Conference
    There is still time to register for the SPE International Polyolefins Conference -- "The polyolefin renaissance." This year's conference will be held at the Hilton Houston North Hotel in Houston from Feb. 24 to 27. Register for the conference. This year's conference features 64 exhibitor booths, student research posters, a tutorial on Polyolefin Stabilization and Additives on Sunday afternoon, five keynote speakers, two evening networking receptions, and 86 technical papers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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