January 15, 2021
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2020 ended on a couple of high notes for plastics recycling, one at the state level and another at the federal level, writes Craig Cookson of the American Chemistry Council in this blog post. "Despite the serious headwinds our nation encountered in 2020, I'm encouraged by these recent developments and feel a true sense of momentum in plastics recycling," Cookson writes.
Full Story: American Chemistry Matters (American Chemistry Council) (1/14) 
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Policy Watch
The Environmental Protection Agency has finished its risk review of C.I. Pigment Violet 29, marking the completion of its first 10 work plan substance reviews under the Toxic Substances Control Act. "With this final risk evaluation, we have delivered on our commitment to complete a comprehensive review of the potential risks of chemicals in the marketplace under one of the nation's most important chemical management laws, setting the stage for a great future of chemical safety," said Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Full Story: E&E News (subscription required) (1/14) 
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President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask Congress to act swiftly to provide $1.9 trillion in immediate relief to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes aid to states and cities, additional unemployment benefits, larger direct payments to Americans and a minimum wage increase.
Full Story: Bloomberg (1/14),  CNBC (1/14),  The New York Times (1/15),  Reuters (1/15) 
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The EPA might address asbestos risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act during the incoming Biden administration, as the risk evaluation process has been delayed in recent years, according to attorneys from Hunton Andrews Kurth. The EPA is likely to expand mandatory company reporting under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule in 2021 and may also exclude impurity uses from the second part of its risk evaluation, the attorneys write.
Full Story: The National Law Review/Hunton Andrews Kurth (1/13) 
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Industry Watch
Demand for recycled content is surging and the US must invest in plastic collection, recycling and education to ensure a steady flow of recycled feedstocks, writes Paula Leardini. Legislation such as the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act will help expand recycling infrastructure, but additional measures are needed to create value throughout the supply chain, Leardini writes.
Full Story: ICIS News (UK) (free content) (1/14) 
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Research & Innovation
A quarter-million job positions were open among US manufacturers of nondurable goods in November, and the 5.1% rate of openings continued a record-breaking trend, the Labor Department reports. Finding qualified labor is a challenge even as nondurable manufacturing has yet to recover its pre-pandemic job count.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (1/12) 
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Leadership & Management
Businesses are the most trusted institution and the information source most readily believed by employees, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, writes Rachel Miller. She explains the report's findings, why the need for trustworthy information will keep increasing, and what that means for communications teams and CEOs.
Full Story: All Things IC (UK) (1/13) 
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ACC News
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is set to resume its Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Denver, Colo., Oct. 4-6, 2021, at The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. The 63rd Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, will highlight the latest innovative polyurethanes technologies and discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry today. Read more.
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