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3/18/2019

People who consider themselves servant-leaders will help teams feel supported by asking for creative solutions and making room for them to emerge as leaders themselves, writes Keith Corbin. "Servant-leadership is not about taking the easy way, it is about bettering those around you and helping them grow," he writes.

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3/18/2019

The US supports strong global action on plastic waste but is opposed to a "prescriptive" approach, said delegates during a UN assembly on Friday. The US delegation also noted that plastic alternatives can have unintended consequences, and that waste management efforts should be prioritized in the six Asian nations that produce the most marine plastic debris.

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3/18/2019

The American Chemistry Council supports an Environmental Protection Agency rule filed with the Federal Register on Friday banning the production, importation and sale of methylene chloride for consumer use. The ACC also supports the EPA's proposal to establish "an enforceable federal workplace training program for" the chemical's commercial applications.

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3/18/2019

California regulators have dismissed an appeal filed by the American Chemistry Council calling on the state to reconsider the listing of spray polyurethane foam as a priority product under its Safer Consumer Products program. "[T]he lack of transparency within the listing process requires improvement and drives the expenditure of public and private resources to conduct an alternatives analysis with an unclear goal," says ACC's Lee Salamone.

3/18/2019

Evonik has combined its oil additive business with its specialty methacrylate monomers to form a new global division jointly focused on the segments. "The integration just made sense since oil additives is the specialist for Polyalkylmethacrylate-based additives for the lubricant industry," says executive Matin Trocha.

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3/18/2019

Solvay Ventures has invested in Noble.AI, a French company that wants to use artificial intelligence to make research-and-development decisions faster. "Noble.AI has the potential to be a real game changer for Solvay in the way it enables us to utilize data from our 150-year history with new AI tools, resulting in a unique lever to accelerate our innovation," says executive Stephane Roussel.

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3/15/2019

The Environmental Protection Agency has made significant progress in recent years and will continue to strengthen, says Administrator Andrew Wheeler, praising the EPA's progress on the Waters of the US rule and other regulations. In 2019, he says, the EPA will issue a rule for lead and copper, shift away from animal testing and continue work on its "secret science" legislation.

3/15/2019

Many organizations have people working across all hours, so try to schedule meetings during shift overlaps, place talented people on all shifts and create forums for idea exchanges that don't depend on everyone being physically present, write Karin Hurt and David Dye.

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3/15/2019

A bill under review in the Washington state House that would give the state Ecology Department the ability to regulate potentially toxic substances lacks stakeholder input and is flawed in its approach, according to American Chemistry Council spokesman Andrew Fasoli. "The bill makes a presumption that the presence of any identified high priority chemical in a consumer product means that the product is potentially harmful," Fasoli wrote in an email.

3/15/2019

Industry interest in combating plastic waste and a slew of new plastics recycling solutions may further reduce demand for oil in global markets, writes Bill Barnes. BASF, DowDuPont and American Chemistry Council members are developing new solutions and working to reduce plastic waste, he writes.

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