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1/27/2020

Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.

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1/27/2020

People "fundamentally think plastics don't belong in the environment," but in many cases plastic products are essential or lack alternatives, says Keith Christman of the American Chemistry Council. A Center for International Environmental Law study on greenhouse gas emissions from plastics should have included carbon emissions from alternatives, such as steel and glass, he says.

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InsideClimate News
1/27/2020

The Trump administration has followed through on another promise by replacing the Waters of the US rule with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, rolling back 45 years of regulatory red tape and bringing certainty to US landowners, writes Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The replacement protects the environment while giving states the authority to advance their respective water quality regulations, he writes.

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1/27/2020

Covestro is committed to helping its customers find new ways to break down materials and chemical recycling is "a great opportunity," says Covestro Chief Financial Officer Thomas Toepfer. New projects are another focus as they're essential for future profitability, he says, but the company has to take cyclicality into consideration when pursuing investments.

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1/27/2020

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jane Cardoza has refused a state demurrer that would have stopped a lawsuit filed by the American Chemistry Council and General Coatings Manufacturing to overturn the Safer Consumer Products's decision to list spray polyurethane foam as a priority product, allowing the case to proceed. "[I]t appears that petitioners have adequately alleged ultimate facts showing that respondents exceeded their authority when they decided to list [spray polyurethane foam (SPF)] systems as priority products," wrote the judge in a tentative ruling.

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1/27/2020

SABIC "is committed to achieving a more sustainable world and has an agenda in place to help customers achieve their sustainability goals," said executive Yousef Al-Benyan during the World Economic Forum. One way it's accomplishing that is through TruCircle, an initiative that works with partners across the value chain and policymakers to create a closed loop for plastics.

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1/27/2020

Polysyvert has developed an "interesting" process for breaking down polystyrene that uses a solvent to dissolve the material, writes Joe Schwarcz of McGill University. It then transports the resulting solution to a recycling site where it's purified and turned into recycled PS.

1/24/2020

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be signed into law by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the White House says. The pact, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, awaits approval by Canada.

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1/24/2020

The Trump administration on Thursday replaced the Waters of the US rule with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The replacement is expected to face legal challenges but has garnered support from some state leaders and lawmakers, such as Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who say water policies should be handled at the state level.

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1/24/2020

Tariffs, rail competition and the supply chain's acceptance of the Toxic Substances Control Act are among the priorities for Christopher Jahn as he leads the American Chemistry Council. Jahn has offered support for the recently enacted US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and ACC and the Rail Customer Coalition are working to ensure Surface Transportation Board reforms come to fruition.