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5/22/2018

The American Chemistry Council says the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal on transparency in the science used for rulemakings is appropriate, protects privacy and access to research data, and is "virtually the same as the agency's policy put into place by Gina McCarthy during the Obama Administration."

5/22/2018

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have the authority to release the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's toxicology profile on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and isn't blocking its publication, says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPA is working with our federal partners to participate in a unified dialogue and to promote the development of science and tools so that there is a cohesive effort to tackle this important issue," Pruitt wrote in a letter to Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich.

5/22/2018

Trade issues between the US and China could lead chemical producers and other manufacturers to shift production from the US, said the American Chemistry Council's Ed Brzytwa and Saudi Basic Industries Corp.'s Greg Skelton during a federal hearing this month.

5/22/2018

The EU has failed to persuade the US to exempt the bloc from steel and aluminum tariffs, said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea have received exemptions contingent on import quotas.

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5/22/2018

The US has been bringing methanol capacity online in recent years and is close to being a net exporter, but those facilities have gotten more expensive to construct in recent years, Lane Kelley writes. Labor and construction costs make startup more expensive, although operational costs are below average, says ICIS senior consultant James Ray.

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5/22/2018

Covestro has good debt and cash standing but hasn't moved into making acquisitions since being spun out by Bayer, says Covestro Chief Financial Officer Thomas Toepfer. An acquisition would justify increased leverage, he said.

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5/22/2018

3M is creating the Sustainability and Product Stewardship Organization to advance its sustainability agenda, which includes reducing energy consumption and waste.

5/21/2018

Procrastination leads people to fall behind and feel anxious, and many times this is because they are busy during peak hours but work on the wrong things, Dan Rockwell writes. "Important trivialities prevent you from doing the thing that pays the bills," he writes.

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5/21/2018

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed update to its Risk Management Program "fixes the serious problems created by misguided changes that were hastily adopted during the final days of the Obama administration," says the American Chemistry Council's Mike Walls. "It also reflects the feedback the agency received regarding those changes from a wide range of stakeholders, including the regulated community, Congress, attorneys general and local officials."

5/21/2018

Covestro is using two digital platforms, one built in-house and another on Alibaba's 1688.com, to attract buyers in China and to take advantage of shifting procurement trends, says executive Markus Steilemann.