Archive: March, 2012

NPR story about the safety of BPA leaves consumers feeling more confident

NPR Radio featured a story this morning that anyone who has ever wondered or been confused about the safety of bisphenol-A (BPA) should hear. Some of the latest scientific studies from the government are now in, and, contrary to what other groups would have you believe, the science speaks to the safety of BPA. NPR’s [...]

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USA Today: Job growth expected from abundant, affordable natural gas

“The nation’s fast-growing supply of cheap natural gas is setting off a manufacturing revival that’s expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs as companies build or expand plants to take advantage of the low prices,” reported USA Today’s Paul Davidson on Wednesday. CNN and MSNBC also picked up the story, which quoted ACC President [...]

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House Energy & Commerce Committee questions the science behind chemical risk assessments

Several members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee met with stakeholders from the regulated community last week to discuss the growing concern around the quality of the science used by the Federal Government and the adverse impact it’s having on U.S. economy. Committee members asked participants to share their experiences on how flawed federal [...]

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EE Global Forum highlights efficiency challenges, chemistry solutions

Visionaries attending the 2012 Energy Efficiency Global Forum will draw from a palette of energy efficiency technologies, policies and regulations to paint a more sustainable future for our planet — and they’ll find that hardly any solution exists that does not depend on innovations driven by chemistry. For example, some of this year’s discussion topics [...]

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NYC looks to embrace energy recovery

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out a call for proposals to examine technologies that could turn a portion of the city’s municipal waste into renewable, domestic energy. Although there are many ways to recover energy from solid wastes, NYC is specifically looking at an emerging group of technologies that convert [...]

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Sustainability and safety are complementary priorities for U.S. military

For the U.S. military, energy efficiency isn’t just about sustainability, it’s about saving lives. A generator powered by the sun may be more fuel-efficient than a gasoline-powered one, for instance, but it’s also much quieter. Less noise means a soldier can power up a laptop or switch on a light bulb at less risk to [...]

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Without chemical trade secrets, innovation in America could become a spy game

When Procter & Gamble set out to develop a new detergent that would allow consumers to wash their clothes effectively in cold water, they turned to a unique, innovative blend of chemistries. But without a regulatory framework that protects the legitimate intellectual property of the domestic chemical industry, the product you know and use today, [...]

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Tuesday Live Event: Finding the Best Regulatory Environment to Boost Responsible Natural Gas Production

Tomorrow morning, March 20, nearly 200 energy and environmental advocates will gather at The Newseum in Washington, DC to discuss a topic of mutual interest: finding a regulatory framework that maximizes the economic and national security benefits of U.S. shale gas production while maintaining our nation’s commitment to protecting the environment. The policy summit, “Unleashing [...]

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Shell moves a step closer to new U.S. ‘cracker’ plant

This week Shell Chemical signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corporation that brings the company one step closer to building a petrochemical complex in the state of Pennsylvania. A rise in locally-produced ethane — a chemical derivative of natural gas that ACC member companies rely on to develop many of their products — would [...]

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NYT asks “Is it safe to play yet?” Regulatory bodies around the world say “yes”

An article in Thursday’s New York Times focused on a subject all parents and caregivers can relate to: selecting products to ensure a healthy, safe environment for our children. Regrettably, at 3,000 words in length, the article confounds the reader with a barrage of speculative information and parents’ personal anecdotes about the role chemistry plays [...]

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