Chemicals
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2/20/2018

Plastics-to-fuel technologies have great potential for a range of uses, even if patience must be exercised, writes Rick Wagner of Chevron Phillips Chemical and vice chair of the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group. "Some of us can work on increasing logistics efficiencies, others can contribute to creating cleaner recycling streams, others can create markets for end products, and so on," he writes.

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Resource Recycling
2/20/2018

Process plant operators can easily and affordably optimize their facility's operations using Industry 4.0 technology, gaining the ability to handle upgrades and repairs remotely or altering production based on market changes, writes Rafal Selega of ABB. There are a number of safety concerns to be aware of, however.

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Chemical Processing
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2/20/2018

Unilever will share the locations of more than 1,400 of its mills and 300 of its direct suppliers to improve sustainability standards in the palm oil industry. "Unilever believes that complete transparency is needed for radical transformation," said Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer.

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Edie (UK), Metro (UK)
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2/19/2018

Finding new markets and operating more efficiently requires a culture where employees constantly look for ways the business could be better, writes George Westerman. "Leaders who want their organizations to continuously transform must not only look for dissatisfaction on which to capitalize, but also be willing to cultivate dissatisfaction in their employees," he writes.

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2/19/2018

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed fees in fiscal 2019 under the Toxic Substances Control Act would not charge additionally for submissions that include confidential business information. Proposed fees include $10,000 for a test order, $16,000 each for significant new use and pre-manufacture notices, and $4,700 for low-volume exemptions.

2/19/2018

A Senate bill would give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons in the US. The bill follows a court order that overturned previous EPA attempts at such regulation.

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The Hill
2/19/2018

Phillips 66 and Chevron are considering building a second ethane cracker in the US for their joint venture Chevron Phillips Chemical. A decision is not likely until next year, Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland said.

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ICIS News (U.K.)
2/19/2018

Akzo Nobel, Air Liquide, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam have signed preliminary documents supporting the construction of a waste-to-methanol plant in the Netherlands. If the project moves forward, Akzo Nobel would supply the site with hydrogen and buy methanol from it.

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S&P Global Platts
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2/16/2018

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Peter Defazio, D-Ore., are beginning to craft an infrastructure bill that may be ready this summer. Shuster says he wants the bill to be bipartisan, and he adds that a gas tax hike could be included.

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The Hill
2/16/2018

Every work culture has its pros and cons, so if yours is experiencing too much stress from competitiveness, it may be time to borrow concepts from a collaborative culture, writes Jesse Lyn Stoner. When red tape and dullness inhibit performance in a bureaucratic workplace, adopt approaches from startups, such as allowing more individual initiative, she writes.

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