January 25, 2022
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Baca: Advanced recycling bill would bolster S.C. jobs
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A bill now under consideration by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster that would recognize advanced recycling as a manufacturing activity rather than a form of solid waste disposal "positions South Carolina to foster private-sector investment in advanced recycling facilities, new jobs for residents and increased recycling rates statewide," said Joshua Baca of the American Chemistry Council. The bill would also help reduce plastic waste in the state and provide investment certainty for future projects, said ACC's Craig Cookson.
Full Story: Recycling Today (1/24) 
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Policy Watch
The Environmental Protection Agency is working on a new approach that will streamline the Toxic Substances Control Act review process for biobased or waste-derived feedstocks used in transportation fuel applications. "Using sound science to streamline the review of more environmentally friendly chemical substitutes will help advance the agency's climate goals and protect human health and the environment," said EPA official Michal Freedhoff.
Full Story: S&P Global (1/21) 
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The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case brought by two Idaho landowners and consider whether to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's jurisdiction over isolated wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The high court's decision on the case could have implications for oil, natural gas and pipeline companies with operations on private lands.
Full Story: Oil & Gas Journal (free content) (1/24) 
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Industry Watch
Shell Chemicals' ethane cracker complex in Potter Township, Pa., is 95% complete and is expected to come online later this year. Crews are preparing to begin cleanliness checks and steam blowing activities in preparation for the site's launch.
Full Story: Beaver County Times (Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (1/25) 
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Research & Innovation
IHS Markit's flash PMI manufacturing index for January declined to 55.0, which signals expansion but is at a 15-month low. Manufacturing employment turned negative in the preliminary monthly reading because of "a high turnover of staff and reports of the non-replacement of voluntary leavers."
Full Story: Reuters (1/24) 
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Leadership & Management
When facing difficulties at work, you can control how you respond when your "anchor belief," as author Brenda Bence calls it, is positive rather than negative. Alaina Love shares the story of a client who was struggling with work pressures and needed to shake his negative "inner defeatist" before he could work with his boss on solutions.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (1/24) 
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Great brand stories are relatable while being specific in their audience, story choices and storytelling channels, writes Wendy Marx, founder of Thriving at 50 Plus. Marx offers a five-step plan to identify your audience, craft your story and get it into the market.
Full Story: Thriving at 50 Plus (Wendy Marx) (1/23) 
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Unfortunately, the US Plastics Pact lacked a transparent third-party, data-driven and scientific approach, and its process seems to be rooted in ideology and a predetermined, misguided outcome. In fact, the list of plastic materials they suggest be eliminated by 2025 will only hinder the acceleration of a circular economy, slow progress toward a lower carbon future, and reduce our ability to use greater amounts of recycled material in plastic packaging.
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