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November 7, 2012
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  • What will Obama's second term mean for the chemical industry?
    The chemical and energy sectors may see additional, tougher environmental regulations during President Barack Obama's second term, according to Reuters. The administration is expected to advance long-withheld greenhouse-gas regulations for industrial emissions, including the Boiler MACT rule, while the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing two reports on hydraulic fracturing regulations. Reuters (11/7), Reuters (11/7), Reuters (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Export Due Diligence In Chemical Markets Abroad
TOXIC SUBSTANCES EXPORT CONTROLS - As companies that sell or use chemicals expand internationally, their success can depend on compliance with regulatory regimes that prohibit the unlicensed export and reexport of chemicals and related items. This Bloomberg BNA Insight examines U.S. export restrictions. Download the free white paper now and get 7 days FREE access to Chemical Regulation Reporter.
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  • North America, Middle East to compete on PE production costs
    Shale natural gas is helping make the U.S. and Canada cost-efficient producers of ethylene feedstock and could lead to nearly 15 billion pounds of additional polyethylene capacity from 2012 to 2017, said market analyst Nick Vafiadis. "Long-term, the low-cost regions will be North America and the Middle East, which are set to compete for global demand growth. The market has never had two cost-advantaged regions before," he added. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Operational managers don't have to be visionaries
    Reading the latest leadership advice and trends might be useful to chief executives, expedition leaders and military officers -- but to James Lawther, it's distracting. "I am a simple, straight-forward operations guy," Lawther writes. "To run an operation well, you need a person who is downright determined to do the simple, straight-forward management stuff" rather than trying to take "the latest leadership fad" and make it work, he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why bosses should stop trying to be right
    Good leaders care less about being right than about figuring out what actually is right in any given situation, writes Art Petty. That implies a less authoritative approach to leadership, with bosses focusing less on imposing their will and more on soliciting opinions and perspectives before making decisions. "Effective leaders bite their tongues and ask before they tell," Petty writes. (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Foam sheathing makers gain major success at ICC code hearing by approval of proposal expanding use of plastic insulation
    The Foam Sheathing Committee of the American Chemistry Council, through an industry effort, achieved an important change in gaining broad acceptance of a performance-based standard for the use of foam insulation products in all code complying commercial applications during the recent International Building Code Final Action Hearings in Portland, Oregon. Responding to this development, Greg Bergtold, chairman of the ACC-FSC, stated, "This is a significant outcome that will expand the proper use of foam sheathing products in commercial construction and demonstrates industry's effectiveness in finding solutions when working together."

    Read more about this development or learn more about the Foam Sheathing Committee.

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  • Cheap natural gas can bring hope to voters along the "Rust Belt"
    "Three decades after being devastated by the closing of steel mills, this gritty river valley is hoping its revival will come from cheap natural gas," The Wall Street Journal recently reported, referring to Beaver County, Pa. Areas once considered rusty relics of the industrial age could soon become homes to advanced manufacturing, thanks to new, affordable supplies of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. 

    Read more from ACC on the importance of continued development of domestic energy sources, including natural gas from shale.

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