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1/17/2020

Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.

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1/17/2020

SoulBuffalo has launched the Ocean Plastics Leadership Network to take a science- and innovation-based approach to curbing marine debris, and the American Chemistry Council, Dow and Closed Loop Partners are among its initial members. The group's projects include a Zero Plastic Waste Communities initiative to eliminate waste in three Indian cities and the Waste Picker Collaborative, designed to help companies source recycled materials from developing nations.

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Forbes
1/17/2020

The Environmental Protection Agency has removed a section inquiring about the possible use of low volumes of ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment from the final version of its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. The removal comes after the FDA asserted jurisdiction over use of the sterilizer at medical device sterilization plants.

1/17/2020

The Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board will begin hosting public information sessions on Friday to discuss four draft proposals that could affect rollbacks in process at the EPA. The draft reports call on the EPA to revise its science in rulemaking rule and update the Waters of the US rule.

1/17/2020

Companies that have "facilities with chemicals of interest" should safeguard their sites against the risk of an Iranian attack by increasing physical security and cybersecurity controls, according to a bulletin released by the Department of Homeland Security. The bulletin recommends stronger controls at sites that handle toxic or flammable chemicals, or substances that could be stolen and used alone or in combination with other chemicals to create weapons.

1/17/2020

American Chemistry Council President and CEO Chris Jahn is "strongly encouraged" by the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was advanced to President Donald Trump's desk on Wednesday by an 89-10 vote on the Senate floor. "US chemical manufacturers can strengthen our competitiveness and win with countries like China when we are free to innovate across borders and take advantage of integrated supply chains with our two largest trading partners in Canada and Mexico," Jahn said.

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Senate
1/17/2020

Ross Eisenberg is joining the American Chemistry Council in the role of vice president of federal affairs. "The chemical industry faces intense and growing scrutiny and Ross brings the right leadership expertise and collaborative approach to help advance sound public policies that protect public and environmental health; preserve our global competitiveness; promote innovation, and drive economic expansion," said President and CEO Chris Jahn.

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Ross Eisenberg
1/16/2020

As new textiles become available on the market, laundry services must consider the different requirements of each fabric and make sure the cleaning products are used adequately, says Duane Houvener of reusable textile solutions provider American Dawn. Houvener also underscores the importance of test washing all new textile products, strictly following processing instructions and educating customers.

1/16/2020

Collaborative efforts are necessary to address the plastic waste crisis and develop effective solutions, according to Melissa Grande, sustainability director at the American Cleaning Institute, which encourages members to get involved in recycling and circular economy initiatives. To reduce plastic waste, the industry needs to develop alternative packaging options, transition from single-use systems and improve waste recovery, Grande says.

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Chemical Today
1/16/2020

The Trump administration has been working on its final replacement for the Waters of the US rule and is expected to release it sometime this month, maybe even this weekend when President Donald Trump speaks at a meeting hosted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The proposal is expected to roll back protections for more than 50% of the nation's wetlands and many streams.

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