Archive: May, 2012

They say “Everything’s Bigger in Texas,” and right now, shale gas is BIG

As the no. 1 chemical producing state in the nation, Texas enjoys many of the economic benefits for which chemistry is so well known — billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of good American jobs. Now, the economic outlook in Texas is set to brighten once more because of what chemistry can do with [...]

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Precautionary principle can do more harm than good, CPSC commissioner says

Commissioner Nancy A. Nord of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says “it’s time to discard the precautionary principle at the CPSC,” referring to work underway as mandated by Congress and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Currently, the CPSC appears to be making decisions to limit or ban a substance [...]

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New York Times loses further ground in its exposé on chemical plant security

The New York Times editorial board continues to blend old news with misinformation in its poorly constructed exposé on the security of U.S. chemical facilities (“The Danger Downwind,” May 3, 2012). Defending the communities in which we operate from potential terrorist threats is a top priority of U.S. chemical manufacturers. It’s reflected in the measures [...]

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AMC’s “The Pitch” spotlights growing trend toward deriving value from waste

A few weeks ago, the premiere of AMC’s ad agency reality show, “The Pitch,” featured two firms battling to lead a major campaign for Waste Management, Inc. Waste Management is interested in promoting the energy recovery aspects of its business and kicked off the competition by telling the agencies: The assignment is to create awareness [...]

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Will clean energy policies like CES help give energy efficiency its due?

The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources convened last Thursday to receive testimony on Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 (CES), a bill that aims to create a federal clean energy standard but critically lacks incentives to make gains in energy efficiency at electric utilities or manufacturing facilities. ACC President and [...]

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Reduced energy demand is the cleanest energy there is, Dooley says

“There is broad consensus that energy efficiency is the easiest and most cost-effective way to increase energy supplies, promote sustainability, enhance energy security and reduce energy costs,” ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley told a group of industry leaders and government representatives at the Alliance to Save Energy’s (ASE) Great Energy Efficiency Day on Wednesday. [...]

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Jobs created by new La. Nalco facility will pay more than $63K on average

A new Nalco facility in Garyville, La. will create 22 new jobs and lead to the creation of an estimated 167 new indirect jobs, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced in Louisiana last week. These 22 good American jobs, dedicated to innovations that decontaminate wastewater, will pay $63,700 on average, plus benefits. As a whole, chemical industry employees earn [...]

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Covanta introduces new technology to convert waste into energy

Covanta Energy Corporation recently announced that it has completed commercial demonstration testing on a new type of technology that uses gasification to recover energy from waste. According to Covanta, the technology has the ability to gasify unprocessed municipal solid waste (MSW) in a commercial setting, while reducing emissions and generating alternative energy. This would be [...]

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Energy efficiency can boost economic activity and create jobs, new study shows

“Energy-efficient manufacturing could spur $2 billion in annual economic activity, support 9,000 jobs and produce more than $71 million in local and state tax revenues,” the Detroit News reported last week, citing a study commissioned by the Michigan-based Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC). The EIBC study examined energy efficiency across building equipment, ventilation, air conditioning, [...]

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Efforts to safeguard chemical facilities cannot be overstated, but the promise of old ideas can

An editorial appearing in the New York Times last week reads more like a teaser to an action movie – overblown and out of touch (“The Risk From Chemical Plants,” May 3, 2012). All one needs to do is take a closer look at the facts to get an accurate picture of the progress that [...]

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