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November 19, 2012
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  • Dow Chemical exec speaks to shale's boost to petrochemicals
    The U.S. petrochemical industry is one of the main benefactors of the availability of cheap natural gas as a feedstock, said Dow Chemical executive George Biltz. "Most of the plastics you touch every day, whether in your car or at home, your toothbrush, different coatings, fibers, the grip on your razor -- all of these things that are essentially synthetic plastics, that come out of the natural gas feedstock," he said. National Public Radio/StateImpact Pennsylvania (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Regulatory certainty" for shale drilling in Pa. is needed, state official says
    Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming an "American energy superpower" with its Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves, said Michael Krancer, secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Protection. The state needs to amend its policies to help sustain the drilling industry's competitiveness, Krancer said. "We need regulatory certainty, we need regulatory reform, and we need a fair and predictable time for permitting," he said. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: Study does not demonstrate link between workplaces and cancer
    A study reporting that women working at manufacturing sites for plastic automotive parts in Ontario might have heightened breast cancer risks did not include data on exposures, notes the American Chemistry Council. The study, ACC said, had "no actual determination of [worker] exposures" and did not demonstrate that workplace exposures cause cancer. "The well-established risk factors for breast cancer are not chemical exposures, but rather a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors," ACC said. The Center for Public Integrity (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Are you an innovation skeptic?
    The best bosses are both optimists and pessimists when it comes to weighing new ideas, says innovation psychologist Sam Hunter. It's important to be open and upbeat when workers first float novel ideas, but also to be realistic or even downright pessimistic when the time comes to pay for implementation. "The skepticism lens should be brought out when cost is about to incur," Hunter explains. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why it pays to be a servant leader
    Servant leaders have all the skills and competencies of regular leaders -- but they also have a clear vision for why they're leading, writes Mark Miller. That ultimately makes them more effective, Miller asserts. "Their effectiveness is ultimately rooted in their character," he explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports last week were mixed. Retail sales pulled back for the first time in months, and while Superstorm Sandy contributed to the decline, continued uncertainty also dampened consumers' enthusiasm. Business inventories continued to expand and, for the time being, remain balanced against sales. Industrial production unexpectedly fell as disruption from Sandy amplified the effects of weakening demand. The manufacturing recovery continued to slip with output declines across most major categories. The regional manufacturing surveys point to weak growth.

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