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8/20/2018

The American Chemistry Council and other organizations continue to petition the Trump administration to exempt products from tariffs on Chinese imports. "We have to make our best effort and explain why including these products on the list is not a great idea," says ACC's Ed Brzytwa.

8/20/2018

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency implement the Obama-era Risk Management Program. "We will evaluate the court's decision and continue to work with the Agency to safeguard chemical facilities and protect communities," said the American Chemistry Council.

8/20/2018

3M recently wrapped its Minnesota headquarters with two types of adhesive film and the message "Curiosity is just the beginning" as part of a campaign to encourage creativity.

8/20/2018

Organohalogen flame retardants have different properties and shouldn't be regulated as a single class, says Kimberly White of the American Chemistry Council. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reviewing the issue.

8/17/2018

US tariffs have increased prices on raw materials and other costs for domestic manufacturers, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Many manufacturers say they plan to pass increases on to clients, which could apply upward pressure to inflation, while a New York Fed blog post says tariffs will cause "little or no improvement in the trade deficit."

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TheStreet
8/17/2018

A federal court issued an injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's delay of the Clean Water Rule, reinstating the rule in 26 states. US District Judge David Norton of South Carolina ruled that the EPA failed to follow aspects of the Administrative Procedure Act.

8/17/2018

Cost savings, higher oil prices and other factors have led Petrobras to reconsider unloading its stake in Braskem, says Chief Financial Officer Rafael Grisolia.

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8/16/2018

Virtual reality tools are becoming a more affordable and faster way for employers to provide new hires with training that deepens expertise, write Tony DeMarinis, Lynne Calligaro, Cary Harr and Joe Mariani. VR allows trainees to work through scenarios in potentially dangerous or expensive settings such as refineries, wind turbines and chemical facilities.

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Deloitte Insights
8/16/2018

Kao has purchased Ohio-based Washing Systems LLC at an unreported price, a move that will help its North American expansion. Washing Systems creates eco-friendly detergents.

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The Japan Times
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8/16/2018

The Food and Drug Administration allows food service companies to reuse wiping towels within certain guidelines, but the methods don't always eliminate bacteria, writes Hal King, Public Health Innovations' president and CEO. Improvements include proper storage and single-use wiping towels and disposable wipes.