The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a measure that would ease information-sharing among chemical firms and other companies that run facilities vulnerable to cyberattacks. The Obama administration has threatened a veto, and the Senate has been circulating a different bill aimed at cybersecurity, though no vote has been held.
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Guidelines in the National Toxicology Program's Report on Carcinogens lack transparency and consistency because of old methodologies and the absence of substantial peer review, according to chemical industry officials. "The NTP is globally recognized as an 'authoritative body,' and chemical classifications in the RoC carry significant consequences for businesses large and small. ... It is essential that RoC classifications represent the highest-quality scientific classifications," said James Bus, a research director at Dow Chemical.
Shale oil and natural gas have altered North America's position in worldwide fossil fuel production and have moved the continent one step closer to energy independence, said James Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips. Shale resources are a "gift" and a "blessing," Mulva said during a conference in Houston. "You can really continue to grow the economy and the standard of living. And it's a helpful investment in putting people back to work," he said.
The Illinois Senate voted 54-0 Thursday on a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill would designate a lead regulatory agency, require chemical disclosure, and mandate testing of cement and casings using in drilling. The bill heads to the state House.
Solvay's Rhodia unit and Brazil's National Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, or CTBE, will work on chemical processes for synthesizing biomass in sugarcane. "The first two years of development of these technologies will be carried out on a laboratorial scale, followed by scale up efforts at CTBE's process-development pilot plant," said Maria Teresa Barbosa, research chief at CTBE.
ExxonMobil Chemical has released a polyvinyl film product intended for the packaging market. The material is effective in wrapping oxygen-sensitive products such as cereals, nuts and coffee. "The film's excellent flavor- and aroma-barrier properties keep dry products tasting and smelling fresh," said Laurent Chantraine of ExxonMobil Chemical.
Companies could face a crisis from the loss of critical knowledge and experience as baby boomers retire, Jacque Vilet writes. "The more clearly you can articulate where retirements are going to cause real damage to the company, the more likely you are to be able to take meaningful action," Vilet writes.
Companies that consistently deliver performance while maintaining a culture of trust and integrity do so because of certain best practices, writes S. Chris Edmonds. Purpose, value and building trust are part of work as well as personal life, and employees are held accountable for performance and values goals that are clear and consistent, he writes.