Trump, Lopez Obrador meet in D.C. to celebrate USMCA | Federal judge rejects suit against EPA enforcement policy | Senate Democrats ask EPA to take closer look at EtO
July 9, 2020
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The Recycling Partnership's Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will direct millions of dollars toward the improvement of polypropylene sorting in the US in a push to boost PP recovery and recycling. The coalition is backed by the American Chemistry Council, Braskem, LyondellBasell and other stakeholders.
Full Story: PlasticsToday (7/8),  Plastics Recycling Update (7/8) 
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Trump, Lopez Obrador meet in D.C. to celebrate USMCA
Lopez Obrador (L) and Trump (R) (Pool/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met at a summit in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement taking force and issue a joint declaration. "The USMCA reaffirms our shared understanding that North America is a region that generates prosperity for all of its citizens and it strengthens our cooperation in fighting corruption through the strongest disciplines on corruption in international trade of any international agreement," the declaration reads.
Full Story: United Press International (7/8) 
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US District Court for the Southern District of New York Chief Judge Colleen McMahon has struck down a lawsuit that would have required the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose which companies had taken advantage of its temporary environmental enforcement policy. The EPA may be ordered to disclose the information under other litigation taking place, but at this time, Judge McMahon said the EPA has not failed to do so in a timely fashion.
Full Story: E&E News (subscription required) (7/8) 
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Dow has resumed operations at a polyethylene resin facility in Argentina and intends to restart two additional PE resin plants located in Texas before month's end, after closing the units in May due to weakened demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The company is also monitoring market conditions as it prepares to restart two elastomer units in Louisiana.
Full Story: Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (7/8) 
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Research & Innovation
Replenysh, a startup that aims to make recycling more efficient, raised $2 million in its seed round. The company is working on software for both buyers and sellers of recycled materials.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (7/8) 
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Leadership & Management
Businesses looking to adjust to pandemic-created conditions should ensure they're choosing actions that align with strengths and capabilities, writes Mauro Guillen. Such changes must eventually lead to profit and should embrace concepts such as "shorter value chains, remote work, social distancing, consumer introspection, and enhanced technology use," he writes.
Full Story: Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (7/7) 
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