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October 18, 2018
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EPA expects to issue final science rule in Jan. 2020
The Environmental Protection Agency is reprioritizing its proposed regulation on the use of science in rulemaking, pushing its date for a final rule to January 2020. The agenda released Wednesday shows the EPA plans to finalize its proposed repeals of the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule in March.
The Hill (10/17) 
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Regulators mull new financial assurance rule for chemical companies
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering creating a new rule that would require entities such as chemical companies and utilities to prove they can pay for cleanup efforts if they cause an incident while transporting or handling hazardous materials.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (10/17) 
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Industry Watch
Merck shifts spending to accelerate material development
Merck shifts spending to accelerate material development
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Merck will begin centrally allocating funds for performance materials research and development as it aims to cut the segment's product-to-market time from five or more years to a range of one to three years, Chief Financial Officer Marcus Kuhnert says. Performance materials' second-quarter sales were down 4.2%.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Covestro may bulk up polycarbonates in China, says exec
Covestro may bulk up polycarbonates in China, says exec
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Electric and autonomous vehicles are driving demand for polycarbonates, which Covestro expects will grow in the next five years at a compound annual rate of 4%. Philipp Polenz, a company executive, says Covestro is considering expanding polycarbonate production in China.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Chemicals deliver for Reliance Industries in Q2
Reliance Industries posted group consolidated profits of $1.3 billion in its fiscal second quarter. The company partially attributed its results to strong performance in its petrochemicals segment.
Reuters (10/17) 
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Research & Innovation
Covestro PU resin turbine blades start spinning in China
Liaoning Datang International New Energy is featuring Covestro turbine blades made from polyurethane-infused resin at a wind farm in China. "The successful installation of the pilot turbine in Northeast China is recognition of the strengths of our polyurethane infusion resin and demonstrates that it is ready for use in operational wind blades," says Covestro executive Julien Guiu.
Plastics Insight (10/18) 
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Photanol demo plant for CO2-based chemicals in the works
Amsterdam-based Photanol plans to construct a demonstration plant at Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals' facility in Delfzijl, Netherlands, to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide. "The Photanol team is keen to prove to the world that we can make a big difference by producing clean chemicals while reducing the CO2 burden on the environment," said Photanol CEO Veronique de Bruijn.
Bio-Based World News (10/15) 
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Leadership & Management
Advice for introducing yourself to a team
Make a positive impression during your first meeting with your team by focusing on getting to know people instead of diving into work, writes Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company. When this approach incorporates meaningful questions about team dynamics and individual concerns, you'll build trust, relationships and a collaborative spirit, she writes.
Know Your Company Blog (10/12) 
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When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means the sun is about to set.
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