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February 18, 2013
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  • ACC: Industry will benefit from trade talks between U.S., EU
    An agreement between the U.S. and EU to remove tariffs on chemical exports from the U.S. could save chemical producers up to $1.5 billion per year, according to the American Chemistry Council. "The potential savings from regulatory cooperation would be significantly greater than that," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. Reuters (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cybersecurity executive order could lead to mandatory action
    The White House executive order on cybersecurity is giving expanded authority to certain federal agencies while directing the Environmental Protection Agency and others to assess whether they can carry out cybersecurity measures, according to Caitlin Hayden, a representative of the White House's National Security Council. "If the existing regulations are ineffective or insufficient, agencies will propose new, cost-effective regulations based upon the cybersecurity framework and in consultation with their regulated companies," the White House said. (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industries defend polystyrene amid Bloomberg proposal
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on polystyrene foam in food containers, but industry officials take issue with his assessment and say a better tactic would be increased recycling. "Polystyrene foam foodservice products make up less than one percent of our nation's solid waste, according to EPA," said Steve Russell, American Chemistry Council vice president of plastics. "They use significantly less energy and water to manufacture than paper alternatives and create significantly less waste by weight and comparable waste by volume." Platts (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal study: BPA exposure levels too low for negative effects
    An analysis of 150 studies by Department of Energy toxicologist Justin Teeguarden found that the amount of bisphenol A used in plastic bottles and food containers is too little to account for negative effects on humans. "At these exposure levels, exposure to BPA can't be compared to giving a baby the massive dose of estrogens found in a birth control pill, a comparison made by others," Teeguarden said. "The term low-dose cannot be understood to mean either relevant to human exposures or in the range of human exposures," he added. Google/Agence France-Presse (2/16), The Guardian (London) (2/15), The Wall Street Journal (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Want fewer leaks? Stop keeping secrets, says LinkedIn CEO
    Companies that suffer from leaks typically owe their problems to a culture of secrecy, says LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Hiding information from curious employees inspires them to look for it, and that's the first step toward leaks, Weiner explains. "I've come to learn there is a virtuous cycle to transparency and a very vicious cycle of obfuscation," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Your employee is resigning -- what should you do?
    The first thing you should do after one of your employees announces his or her resignation is to evaluate his or her attitude, writes Katie Douthwaite. This will let you know whether the employee will work hard until the end or start stirring up trouble at your company. Afterward, you should work with the employee to create a transition plan and figure out whether to fill the position or redistribute work. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports this week were again mixed. Prices for imported fuels gained on higher oil prices, but there continues to be no sign of broad inflation. The industrial sector started off on a soft note as the rebound from Hurricane Sandy dissipated. The changes to forecasters' expectations for 2013 were mixed but the bottom line is that growth is still expected. We seem to be stuck in a 2.0% growth mode for this economy. Stay informed. Subscribe to ACC's Weekly Economic Report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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