Archive: October, 2011

#Chemistry2Energy: Help us keep the Energy Awareness conversation going on Twitter

Energy Awareness Month, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Emergency Management Program (FEMP), draws to a close today – coincidentally, the same day in which the United Nations Population Fund predicted the arrival of the world’s 7 billionth person. Because of our rapidly growing population, it won’t be any less important [...]

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Officer Katie Lawson joins IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivor’s Club; one of more than 3,000 lives saved by Kevlar

“Oklahoma City Officer Katie Lawson, saved by body armor after she was shot many times, was added to the IACP/Dupont Kevlar Survivor’s Club,” the California Police Chiefs Association announced via Twitter last Sunday. Incredibly, the surviving officer joins the ranks of more than 3,000 men and women in law enforcement whose lives have been saved [...]

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Composite plastics help make Dreamliner the quietest, lightest, most fuel efficient bird in the sky

It might not be any bigger or any faster than an average commercial airplane, but Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which completed its maiden passenger voyage from Tokyo to Hong Kong around 4pm local time yesterday, is one of the quietest, lightest and most fuel efficient commercial service airliners in the sky. What makes the Dreamliner so [...]

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Dow Chemical commits $250 million to leading U.S. universities’ chemical engineering, research and development programs

ACC member Dow Chemical Co. has committed $250 million to support chemical engineering and other scientific programs at eleven U.S. universities over the next ten years, Kevin Helliker reported in the Wall Street Journal this morning. Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris announced the program in New York City earlier this month, saying the initiative will encourage [...]

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Chemistry solutions: HydroPack™ turns dirty water into clean, flavorful drink for disaster victims, waterborne illness sufferers [VIDEO]

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) last month presented the 2011 Curator’s Choice Award to makers of the Hydropack™ Self-Hydrating Drink Pouch – a 5-inch by 7-inch pouch capable of turning a dirty puddle of rainwater into a clean, flavorful drink in about 10 hours. With UNICEF reporting that 1.5 million children die every [...]

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Dooley visits Port of New Orleans, explores promising new chapter in Louisiana shale gas story

The real story of the promise of natural gas for American manufacturing is just beginning to be told. On Thursday, ACC President Cal Dooley visited the Port of New Orleans to explore a potential new chapter in Louisiana’s shale gas story: a $5.4 billion investment in expanded ethylene production capacity. According to an ACC report [...]

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On Larry Kudlow radio show, Sen. Portman talks Ohio shale gas, stresses its importance to chemistry, creating jobs

On the Larry Kudlow Show on WABC Radio last Saturday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) talked about shale gas and how it can put people to work in Ohio. He noted how America’s chemistry industry uses natural gas and how development of Marcellus Shale resources can help ensure that chemistry jobs stay here in the United [...]

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NRDC report misses the point; Getting chemical risk assessments right is in the interest of us all

Getting chemical risk assessments right is in the interest of us all – a crucial point overlooked by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their recent report questioning EPA’s ability to assess chemicals through the Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). ACC supports efforts to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to reflect [...]

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Canadian plastics expert Greg Wilkinson lays out opportunities for waste-to-energy

Today on E&E TV, Greg Wilkinson, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, discussed the new study from Columbia University that looked at the potential for non-recycled used plastics to generate energy to power homes, cars and businesses. The study found that, nationwide, non-recycled plastics could provide enough energy to power 5.2 million [...]

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‘Chemicals prioritisation needs to be reasoned and efficient,’ Dooley writes in Chemical Watch

With the fate of legislation in Congress up in the air, ACC President Cal Dooley suggests how the review of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) can be improved today in a guest column just published in the October issue of Chemical Watch’s Business Briefing. Our friends at Chemical Watch have granted [...]

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