Archive: February, 2013

Emerging theme at this year’s GlobalChem: Partnerships lead to progress

GlobalChem presents a great opportunity to bring industry leaders, the regulatory community and other stakeholders together to discuss the important roles each of us can play to improve how chemicals are managed. Based on Monday’s pre-conference TSCA fundamentals workshops and Tuesday’s regulatory discussions, this year’s GlobalChem has proven no different. Forging partnerships, at home and [...]

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State oversight of shale gas development is the right course, policymakers say

For America’s chemical manufacturers, the future is now. Front-page stories from the Financial Times to the Washington Post have trumpeted our country’s manufacturing renaissance, courtesy of chemistry’s ability to leverage abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale to drive growth and create jobs. ACC has cautioned that the full potential of shale gas [...]

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Chemistry propels states in an “energy efficiency race to the top”

“Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years,” President Obama declared in his State of the Union address last week, seizing the opportunity to introduce a new “Energy Efficiency Race to the Top” program to encourage states to adopt stronger building energy standards and support combined [...]

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To gauge the State of the Union, start with shale gas and American chemistry

In last year’s State of the Union address, President Obama seized the moment to connect the dots between abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas to manufacturing and jobs: Flash forward one year to the 2013 State of the Union. President Obama mentioned energy 18 times in his most recent address to the nation, with [...]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… and Recover

Most of us have heard the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and today more and more voices are adding a fourth “R” to the mix to help ensure our nation’s energy future: Recover. As in recovering energy from waste. All four “Rs” play a key role in the U.S. EPA’s waste management hierarchy, and according to [...]

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Significant new research shows BPA exposure too low to cause health effects

New research studies conducted by a toxicologist at a Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference show that “human exposure is likely to be too low for estrogenic effects” from typical daily exposure [...]

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As an energy plan, Sen. Murkowski’s blueprint is strategic and substantial

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has introduced her long-awaited and sweeping energy blueprint with more than 200 agenda items, including calls for increased domestic energy production from all sources, and support for energy efficiency. The American Chemistry Council, which recently celebrated the first anniversary of [...]

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U.S. can double energy productivity in next 20 years, ASE report says

The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy recently published “Energy 2030” — a plan that outlines key steps to double U.S. energy productivity in the next 20 years while saving the average American household more than $1,000 a year and the United States $327 billion annually. Chaired by Sen. Mark [...]

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Debating fire safety in California

Has the incidence of home fires in California dropped exponentially over the last four years? If so, it hasn’t been reported. We ask because the bureau that oversees fire regulations for home furnishings has drastically changed its tune on the state’s open flame regulations, in Technical Bulletin 117, for upholstered furniture. Since 2008, that bureau [...]

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Another manufacturing state ready to capitalize on shale gas: New York

In late January, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) was named the newly-elected co-chair of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus. Like his fellow co-chair, Democrat Tim Ryan of Ohio, Reed is committed to connecting the dots that link bountiful supplies of inexpensive natural gas from shale to prosperity and job growth. As Reed told reporters in a [...]

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