Archive: April, 2013

When it comes to chemical manufacturing jobs, Ohio is having seconds

Bill Hagstrand, a senior consultant for NorTech, an Ohio-based economic development organization, is a vocal proponent of the benefits shale gas could bring to the Buckeye State’s manufacturing sector — beginning with American Chemistry. “Several industries up and down the shale supply chain are gearing up to take advantage” of abundant and affordable supplies of [...]

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As freight rail competition wanes, manufacturers pay a heavy price

Will this be déjà vu all over again? Recent GDP data suggest the economy may be cooling off and North American freight carloads are down 2.4 percent so far this year compared to 2012. Less demand would suggest shippers could expect lower freight rail rates. However, if history is any guide, that may not be [...]

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“Designing Spaces” to feature spray polyurethane foam as part of “Think Green” series

Energy efficient, spray polyurethane foam insulation is an increasing popular product with families thanks to its ability to help reduce energy costs for homeowners around the country. Now, curious homeowners have an opportunity to see firsthand what it’s like to have spray foam installed — and the many benefits it can provide. This Friday, April [...]

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More gas, more glory for U.S. chemical manufacturing

As more and more data gushers in about production of natural gas, the better the prospects become that these abundant and affordable supplies are not just a short-term benefit but a long-term bonanza for the United States — capable of fueling a manufacturing revival. The latest batch of good news comes from the Potential Gas [...]

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Tragic event is reminder of the importance of safety and continuous improvement

The American Chemistry Council and our members would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the tragic event that occurred in West, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the employees of the West Fertilizer Co., the surrounding community and the emergency responders. And while this incident did not [...]

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Re: “A Toothless Law on Toxic Chemicals” in Friday’s NYT (here we go again…)

It happens so often now, maybe we should no longer be appalled at how easily misinformation can become conventional wisdom, or how easily incorrect conventional wisdom can then be treated as fact. Maybe we shouldn’t be – but we are. And you should be, too. Anyone who has read the New York Times this morning [...]

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Shaheen-Portman S.1000 brings energy efficiency back to Congress

ACC joined policymakers and other industry leaders in a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to support the re-introduction of S.1000, the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The Shaheen-Portman bill is designed to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies across the [...]

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Local Tampa area leader praises energy recovery, celebrates 25 year partnership

Recently, the chairman of the Hillsborough County Commission, Ken Hagan, wrote an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times commemorating the county’s 25-year partnership with Covanta Energy. In the op-ed , Chairman Hagan explained that the facility processes 1,800 tons of solid waste each day. According to Hagan, this is “enough energy to continuously power more [...]

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Cybersecurity for the chemical industry: It’s all in a day’s work

There continues to be a fair amount activity around cybersecurity in our nation’s capital, and this week — dubbed “Cyber Week” the U.S. House of Representatives — will be no different, as House leaders looks to work in a proposal passed out of the House Intelligence Committee with bipartisan support. ACC would like to give [...]

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A new year, but the same unworkable Safe Chemicals Act

Capitol Hill was a busy place last week. Major issues like the federal budget, gun control and immigration were dominating the headlines. One thing many people may have missed was the introduction of the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2013” (SCA), a bill that seeks to make changes to the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). [...]

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