ACC: A "sound regulatory landscape" will help the industry | Trump's high court pick a frequent critic of regulations | ACC's Christman: Industry always wants to improve plastics use, recycling
February 1, 2017
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ACC: A "sound regulatory landscape" will help the industry
The American Chemistry Council supports President Donald Trump's executive order stating that two regulations must be rescinded for every one passed by a federal agency. The ACC said curbing regulatory burdens is key to jobs and economic growth, including for the chemical industry. (subscription required) (1/31) 
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Trump's high court pick a frequent critic of regulations
Trump's Supreme Court pick skeptical of regulators' power
Gorsuch (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump has nominated appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. Gorsuch often rules against what he views as regulatory overreach, a view consistent with Trump's objective of reducing regulations on business.
USA Today (2/1),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/31) 
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ACC's Christman: Industry always wants to improve plastics use, recycling
An Environmental Protection Agency white paper has been released on the risks of plastics to marine life while calling for more research. "The industry itself is constantly involved in research around innovation, working to reduce impacts of plastics and improve their environmental performance, making them more recyclable," said Keith Christman of the American Chemistry Council.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/31) 
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Dow, 3M offer advice to EPA on its chemical-assessment process
The Environmental Protection Agency's process for assessing new chemicals under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act is causing delays and hindering innovation, said entities including 3M, Dow Chemical and the American Chemistry Council in public comments.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/31) 
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How many low-priority listings will EPA issue?
Chemical companies may have a harder time securing a low-priority designation for chemicals under Toxic Substances Control Act reform than initially thought, argues Beveridge & Diamond principal Mark Duvall. EPA is required to list at least 20 substances as low-priority within three and a half years, starting with the Safer Chemicals Ingredient List as a guide.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/31) 
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Opinion: Pa. should pass policies that attract industry investment
Pennsylvania lawmakers can stimulate economic and job growth with policies that make the state an attractive place to do business, writes Dave Spigelmyer, president of the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition. "We can have more success stories like the Proctor & Gamble plant in Wyoming County that is fueling its own manufacturing processes with affordable natural gas, or the Shell petrochemical facility in Beaver County," he writes.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/31) 
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ExxonMobil: 2 Texas sites will be ready in 2017
ExxonMobil Chemical will finish expansions at chemical sites in Baytown and Mont Belvieu, Texas, during the second half of the year, a company spokesman said Tuesday. Separately, parent company ExxonMobil said its chemicals and oil refining units posted a profit of $2.1 billion for the fourth quarter, down from $2.3 billion a year earlier.
Platts (1/31),  San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (1/31) 
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MonoSol is hiring as it expands Ind. facility
MonoSol will start building the next two phases of its facility in Portage, Ind., which will have six production lines. The company expects to add 60 jobs this year at various sites.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (1/31) 
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Research & Innovation
Inexpensive device collects water, sunlight for purification
Carbon-coated paper is the key component in a practical, inexpensive solar still for purifying water in remote areas. The developers' "solar vapor generator" -- made of polystyrene foam and a porous, hydrophilic, carbon black-coated paper -- floats on the surface of a body of water, allowing the paper to absorb both water and sunlight to evaporate the water and then collect it in purified form.
New Atlas (1/31) 
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Leadership & Management
Zero-based budgeting is back
North American companies are returning to the use of zero-based budgeting, which departs from the practice of budgeting with the previous year's budget as the default. ZBB can help with cost-cutting measures but can lead companies to stop reinvesting in new products and growth.
Reuters (1/30) 
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Recent attention on a broad class of fluorinated chemistry in food packaging is unfounded and unnecessary, say experts
In response to a new analysis that was released today about the use of per- and polyfluorinated substances in food packaging materials, the FluoroCouncil, the global industry group representing major manufacturers of fluorinated chemistries, released the following statement:

"Without further examination of the data, it's impossible to draw any definitive conclusions about the nature and source of the compounds that were detected in this particular study. It is important to note, however, that the major manufacturers of fluorinated chemistries in the US, EU and Japan have stopped manufacturing the older, long-chain fluorinated chemistries, such as PFOA and PFOS, which have been the chemicals of concern to regulators.

"There are now specific, modern, short-chain PFAS chemicals that have been carefully reviewed and approved for use in coating food-contact papers to keep grease, oil and moisture from seeping through the packaging. So to find these chemistries in these products is neither surprising nor alarming, as long as they are approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration.

"Because use of short-chain PFASs in food packaging is highly and rigorously regulated, any further regulation of modern-day short-chain food packaging materials is unnecessary and would provide no further benefits to human health or the environment."
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