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November 14, 2012
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  • ACC touts new members, Responsible Care® partners
    The American Chemistry Council welcomed nine new members and two Responsible Care® partners last week. "ACC continues to lead the effort to increase understanding and appreciation of the business of chemistry," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. "Through our ongoing advocacy, member programs and communications, we work to secure common-sense, science-driven policies that promote innovation, protect U.S. jobs and enhance the safety of our products and processes. Companies large and small, throughout the entire value chain, recognize the bottom-line business value of ACC membership." Chemical Week (subscription required) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS asks judge to dismiss ACC's disclosure lawsuit
    The Department of Health and Human Services has asked a federal judge to dismiss the American Chemistry Council's lawsuit seeking disclosure of documents that explain how HHS staff decided to list formaldehyde in its most recent Report on Carcinogens. The ACC is seeking summary judgment in its favor on claims that HHS has repeatedly denied the ACC's document requests through the Freedom of Information Act. (subscription required) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most industry professionals see U.S. as natural gas self-sufficient
    The U.S. is already self-sufficient in terms of natural gas or will be within a decade, the majority of oil industry professionals said in a Deloitte survey. However, most respondents also believe the country will never achieve oil independence. "When you combine unconventional oil supplies with the recently established increase in shale gas reserves, you could have the makings of a true energy renaissance," said Peter Robertson, an independent adviser to Deloitte and former vice chairman of Chevron. Business Insider (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honeywell chief joins business leaders in seeking "fiscal cliff" action
    Honeywell CEO David Cote is among a number of U.S. chief executives calling on President Barack Obama to take steps to prevent a "fiscal cliff" that could be devastating for the economy. "If the debt ceiling was playing with fire, this is nitroglycerine. If they go off the cliff, I think it would spark a recession that's a lot bigger than economists think," Cote said. Reuters (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC disputes NIH study linking PCBs with delayed pregnancy
    A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health claims that high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls in the human body are making it harder for couples to conceive. However, such "preliminary" findings fail to establish a definitive link between high exposure and delayed conception, according to American Chemistry Council spokeswoman Kathryn Murray St. John. "The authors themselves note that the study has significant limitations, including lack of data on specific exposures to some chemicals. Given the large number of statistical analyses involved in this report, it is not surprising that some associations were found," St. John said. USA Today (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • We're taking things slowly, says Sinopec chairman
    Sinopec, the Chinese petrochemicals giant, plans to expand through partnering with foreign companies rather than annexing them, says Chairman Fu Chengyu. That contrasts with the aggressive approach of CNOOC, another state-owned Chinese oil giant. "This is our long-term strategy," Fu said. The Wall Street Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Research & Innovation 
  • BASF starts operations at Ohio advanced battery materials facility
    BASF has opened a new production facility in Ohio that will supply nickel-metal-cobalt cathode materials for batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles. The commercialized technology the plant will use was developed by Argonne National Laboratory. "This area now has an opportunity to lead the world in specialty materials for advanced energy," said Frank Bozich, president of BASF's catalysts unit. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Evonik is on course to reach 2014 silica capacity-expansion targets
    Evonik Industries has reached halfway point in its move to expand its global capacity for precipitated-silica production, with its capacity to reach a 30% increase in 2014 from its 2010 levels. "With our expansion course, we are keeping pace with the growth of our worldwide key customers in the tire industry. We have aligned our business activities to global megatrends. With our precipitated silicas, which are primarily used in high-quality car tires, we are serving the resource efficiency megatrend," said Thomas Haeberle, company board member. Chemical Week (subscription required) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Corporate America's role in training tomorrow's workforce
    Half of U.S. companies say they're struggling to find candidates capable of filling vacancies, with 3 million jobs available because of a lack of skilled workers. Rather than complaining about a dearth of candidates, companies should step up and invest in training programs, Nina Easton writes. "It's time for corporate leaders to act, or confirm their critics' worst fears: that they really have given up on America," she writes. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Experts are bullish on a manufacturing revival led by American chemistry
    Valence investment banking analyst Anton Ticktin could be called an advocate of supply-chain economics. He credits abundant, affordable supplies of natural gas from shale for the resurrection of the $2.5 trillion chemical industry, giving U.S. chemical companies an enormous competitive edge in the global economy.

    Having observed the benefits of low-cost chemical feedstocks such as ethane and propane ripple through the manufacturing sector, Ticktin recently told Forbes that "chemicals go into everything, they are part of the first step into the creation of so many different products" that drive the growth of other industries and sectors.

    Read more from ACC on the how the chemical industry can positively impact the broader economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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