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DOE Report Confirms Benefits of Shale Gas Development

The U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Advisory Board Natural Gas Subcommittee issued a draft report on hydraulic fracturing yesterday. The report notes that Natural gas is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy and that shale gas production has brought lower prices, domestic jobs, and the prospect of enhanced national security due to the potential of substantial production growth.


Bag Makers to Austin: Bag Ban Just Bad Policy

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today responded to the Austin City Councils passage of a resolution to phase out plastic bags. If enacted, the measure would ban free, convenient plastic shopping bags. The following statement can be attributed to Shari Jackson, director of the Progressive Bag Affiliates of ACC.


Polyurethanes Technical Conference Deadlines Fast Approaching

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council announced today that deadlines are fast approaching for the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference. One of the premier polyurethane industry events, the conference runs from September 26-28 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.


American Business Leaders Urge President Obama to Stay Discretionary EPA Ozone Regulation That Threatens Job Creation, Economic Recovery

Business Roundtable, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, American Chemistry Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to delay issuing new ozone standards until 2013, when a review of air quality standards is required by law.


New Model Energy Code to Boost Energy Efficiency of New and Renovated Homes and Buildings by 30 Percent

ACC applauded the International Code Council (ICC) for publishing the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As this model code is adopted by states, it will help to improve the energy efficiency of new and renovated homes and commercial buildings by up to 30 percent over the 2006 version, using readily available technologies that are already being employed in construction every day.


Innovators in Plastics Recycling Honored

ACC announced the inaugural winners of its new Innovation in Plastics Recycling awards. Three companies: Aion International, Inc., Nepco Industrial Company Ltd., and Tre Company, were selected to receive awards. The winners, all of which have successful business models, are being recognized for developing high-performing, popular products using post-consumer recycled plastics.