Archive: September, 2013

IHS report finds U.S. chemical industry jobs, output to multiply to 2025, thanks to shale gas

As a result of abundant, affordable shale gas, America’s chemical manufacturers enjoy a “profound and sustained” competitive advantage that will dramatically boost industry output and create almost 318,000 jobs by 2025, according to a new IHS report. The American Chemistry Council lauded the report’s findings that the U.S. chemical industry will be the “primary beneficiary” […]

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EPA makes strides to collect input, but needs to broaden its scope to really improve IRIS

ACC is encouraged that the U.S. EPA has sought opportunities to get more input to improve the way the Agency conducts chemical risk assessments. Public workshops are one proven approach to collect input that has been employed by the scientific community for years. And it’s good to see that EPA is making more use of […]

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California moves closer to removing an important fire-safety test

The California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation is ending its public comment period today, and the agency appears to be dangerously close to removing one of the state’s important fire safety standards. The proposed changes to Technical Bulletin 117 (TB 117) would eliminate the state’s progressive open flame test […]

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Harnessing the power of wind through chemistry

The Department of Energy recently announced two reports that show record highs for wind energy production and manufacturing in the U.S. According to DOE, “Wind energy is now the fastest growing source of power in the United States – representing 43 percent of all new U.S. electric generation capacity in 2012 and $25 billion in […]

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