ACC's Dooley: CFATS reauthorization offers regulatory stability | US officials reportedly discuss ending Chinese tariffs | Federal management plan coming for PFAS, says Wheeler
January 18, 2019
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ACC's Dooley: CFATS reauthorization offers regulatory stability
American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley has expressed support for a bill currently awaiting President Donald Trump's signature that would reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards for 15 months. The measure "will give Congress time to work on bolstering CFATS and provide the regulatory certainty needed to support the industry's ongoing efforts to safeguard chemical facilities and communities," says Dooley.
The Hill (1/17) 
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US officials reportedly discuss ending Chinese tariffs
US officials are debating whether to drop tariffs on Chinese imports to encourage China to make more substantive concessions in trade talks, sources say. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly suggested the move, but US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reportedly is concerned it would be seen as weakness.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/17),  CNBC (1/17),  Reuters (1/17) 
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Federal management plan coming for PFAS, says Wheeler
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the inter-agency review stage of developing a management plan for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and intends to release it once the partial government shutdown ends, says acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. A swift confirmation process for Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator would provide industry with "more certainty and confidence," says the American Chemistry Council.
Chemical Watch (subscription required) (1/17) 
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Canadian ambassador confident USMCA will pass Congress
Canadian Ambassador to the US David MacNaughton says he is certain that Congress will pass the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and that tariffs on steel and aluminum will be lifted. He says the Trump administration can take several different approaches to get the legislation through Congress.
BloombergQuint (India) (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Avoid a poison pill for your business
While uncertainty abounds, you don't have to be confused by new requirements for European poison center reporting for consumer products. Download our executive summary for more detailed information about the requirements and get the insights you need to make the best decisions.
Industry Watch
Industry alliance will curb waste in new ways, says ACC's Russell
The chemical industry's $1 billion-plus Alliance to End Plastic Waste "will exist as a mechanism to facilitate investment and to accelerate innovation in business models and processes and design," says Steve Russell of the American Chemistry Council, which helped organize the group. "The need is to develop new ​business models to accelerate investment and to engage all sectors of society in addressing what has not yet been a priority," he says.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Research & Innovation
Acquisition bolsters Evonik's 3D-printing capabilities
Evonik has purchased Structured Polymers, a Texas-based startup that's developed a powder that maintains its inherent color throughout the 3D-printing process. Evonik expects to apply the technology to polybutylene terephthalate and other semi-crystalline thermoplastics.
3D Printing Industry (UK) (1/18) 
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Leadership & Management
Diversity is essential for innovation, Eli Lilly exec says
Eli Lilly and Co. began a concentrated effort four years ago to hire, mentor, support and encourage women and put them in senior leadership positions, and today, women account for six of the 14 members of the company's executive committee. "We truly believe when we have a company that's inclusive of all types of people, from all geographies, walks of life and genders, only then will we bring the innovation we need to have in our organization," says Chief Diversity Officer Joy Fitzgerald.
Indianapolis Business Journal (free registration) (1/17) 
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