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7/18/2018

A report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer indicating four acrylate substances are "possibly carcinogenic to humans" is flawed, says the American Chemistry Council.

7/18/2018

The American Chemistry Council and its members want to keep plastic waste out of oceans through better collection, sorting and recycling, especially in Southeast Asian countries where consumption is increasing, says Steve Russell, ACC vice president of plastics. "Our members are focusing on plastic packaging materials that can be recycled and still deliver greater performance attributes," he adds.

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7/18/2018

Air Products will build a new headquarters in Upper Macungie Township, Pa. It expects to break ground in March.

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7/18/2018

Closed Loop Partners has launched Circulate Capital, an investment fund to finance efforts to curb marine debris in Asia.

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7/17/2018

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will accept public comments on its draft toxicology profile for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances until Aug. 20. The 30-day extension comes in response to requests from the American Chemistry Council and other groups.

7/17/2018

The Environmental Protection Agency's work can be less politically charged and protective of the environment while still pursuing a deregulatory agenda, says acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "When [President Donald Trump] called me to be the acting administrator, he said keep cleaning up the air and cleaning up the water and keep deregulating," Wheeler said.

7/17/2018

Linde has sold $3.3 billion worth of its gas assets in the Americas to a consortium led by Messer to help secure antitrust clearance for its proposed merger with Praxair. The asset sale also requires regulatory approval.

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7/17/2018

LyondellBasell Industries was a leading buyer in the first half of the year, agreeing to purchase A. Schulman for $2.25 billion and explore a deal for Braskem.

7/16/2018

Resisting changes at your company can cause you to miss opportunities or even be fired, Suzan Bond writes. Work to understand the reasons for the change so you can contribute creative solutions.

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7/16/2018

Bayer CropScience and Dow Chemical are among companies using automation to improve efficiency and safety on the plant floor, writes Mark Sen Gupta of ARC Advisory Group. "Tomorrow's smaller, less experienced workforce must be empowered with new technologies and workflows that can transfer knowledge on demand," he writes.

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