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9/23/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency has updated its process for submitting confidential business information claims under the Toxic Substances Control Act, removing a provision that allowed companies to substantiate claims or correct flaws within a 30-day notice period, write Ashish Deshmukh, Gavin Thompson and David Liu of Ramboll. Companies should safeguard CBI claim accuracy by ensuring proposals are developed by cross-functional teams and reviewed at the executive level, they write.

9/23/2019

The Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday will review a $35.8 billion bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department. The full committee is expected to mark up the measure on Thursday.

9/23/2019

Nouryon is on the lookout for mergers and acquisitions, while it could also divest certain commodity assets, says CEO Charles Shaver. His goal is to grow revenue and profit by 4-5% each year.

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9/23/2019

Daikin America will spend up to $195 million to add polymer and monomer production capacity and other upgrades at its site in Decatur, Ala., with construction beginning in 2020. The expansion will create 50 full-time jobs.

9/20/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency will not publish a final rule in 2019 changing how it uses science when drafting regulations. Instead, EPA will use public comments as it drafts a revised rule for 2020, said Administrator Andrew Wheeler during testimony before a House panel.

9/20/2019

Calhoun Community College in Alabama helps students prepare for chemical industry jobs through a program that combines classroom learning with hands-on experience in facilities owned by Indorama Ventures, BASF and Daikin.

9/20/2019

3M has stopped certain fluoropolymer manufacturing processes at its site in Decatur, Ala., because of concerns related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

9/19/2019

Face down uncertainty by writing out your fears, considering your biases and preparing as best you can for any outcome, writes LaRae Quy. "Most of our really hard decisions come down to values and how we weigh the ones that are most important," Quy writes.

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9/19/2019

Unemployment is low, job creation continues and wages are up, with a recession unlikely to occur within the next 12 to 18 months, says Kevin Swift of the American Chemistry Council. "An inversion of the yield curve has to be a steep inversion and for a prolonged period of time" before expecting a recession, he says.

9/19/2019

Congress should ensure President Donald Trump's tariffs are in the country's best interests, wrote the National Foreign Trade Council to House and Senate lawmakers. The NFTC, of which the American Chemistry Council is a member, wants to work with Congress to develop legislation "that will restore the longstanding balance between Congress and the Executive Branch in devising a US trade policy that helps US businesses flourish in the global economy."

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