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Making the grade through proper disinfection

Every year, millions of children get sick with colds, flu or norovirus – a highly contagious “stomach bug.” The ripple effect can be tremendous. Children miss days of school and risk falling behind in their studies. Teachers and staff lose work time when they pick up the “germ du jour,” and parents often have to [...]

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Nanotechnology panel to share insights with EPA on proposed nanomaterial rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule recently that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials, including production volumes, the potential for public exposure and the use of manufacturing and processing methods. The American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel promotes the responsible development of nanotechnology by advancing knowledge of good product [...]

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CPI’s Polyurethane Innovation Award is back!

It’s time to submit your entries for the annual competition for best new innovation in the polyurethane industry! The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is seeking entries for its exciting Polyurethanes Innovation Award at the Polyurethanes Technical Conference. The award recognizes some of the most inventive, unique, and impactful commercial technologies in the global [...]

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Taking a complete view of preemption and TSCA reform

As support grows for the bipartisan effort to reform our nation’s chemical regulatory system, it’s important that we take an objective and honest look at the role of federal preemption can play when it comes to successfully updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In a four-page article published in the American Bar Association’s Natural [...]

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What you may have missed at SOT: How ‘show and tell’ can lead to a greater understanding of chemical assessment results

Scientists are exploring new visual approaches to improve how chemical hazard values (and their inherent uncertainties) are determined and communicated to risk managers and the public so that we can all make more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals. At the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting in San Diego last month, Drs. Nancy [...]

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Two new reports highlight U.S. natural gas production boom

Assessments released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Potential Gas Committee this month project robust growth in domestic natural gas, reinforcing prospects for continued chemical industry expansion and investment. EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2015, issued on Tuesday, projects that U.S. energy imports and exports will come into balance between 2020 and [...]

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An energy and water efficiency playground on California’s Capitol lawn!

Earlier this week, ACC joined groups from the energy and water efficiency sectors to demonstrate to California regulators and lawmakers how chemistry enables new and existing technologies that can help California meet its ambitious renewable energy and efficiency goals. The pop-up expo took place on the lawn of the Capitol in Sacramento and also included [...]

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Registration is now open for North America’s longest-running polyurethanes conference

The 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, offers the unique convergence of industry expertise, professional networking and regulatory insight. Featuring more than 80 presentations on topics spanning everything from cutting-edge polyurethanes technologies and chemistry-focused technical discussions to big-picture analysis of industry technology trends, the 58th annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference [...]

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ACC celebrates World Water Day

In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22 to be celebrated as “World Day of Water.”  Most people now simply call it World Water Day and it has grown in awareness ever since.  In the United States, we have the good fortune to take safe drinking water for granted. The very idea of developing a [...]

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EPA’s ozone standard: A defining moment for U.S. manufacturing

As we approach EPA’s March 17 deadline for comments on its proposal lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, Americans should be fully informed of the impacts. In many communities, the answer is simple: Fewer jobs, slower growth. Perhaps the real-world consequences of EPA’s plan are hidden behind confusing terminology. In EPA-speak, [...]

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