Chemicals are among the largest industries in the Appalachian states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, where activity is bolstered by access to ample shale gas reserves, says Cal Dooley of the American Chemistry Council. "There is the potential for $35.8 billion in new chemicals and plastics manufacturing investment in the quad-state region," he says, adding that natural gas storage and pipeline infrastructure are needed to meet goals.
Chemical projects benefit America's health, economy and national security, and Congress must do everything possible to encourage new investments, writes Brian Harrell of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. One way to do that is by ensuring the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program remains in place long-term, he writes.
Plastics producers in Appalachia can attract workers and prepare for future growth by partnering with educational institutions and their manufacturing technology programs, writes Community College of Allegheny County President Quintin Bullock. Companies should seek strong relationships with institutions that teach automation and robotics, he writes.
There's no one-size-fits-all definition for chemistry workers and ensuring the success of future chemists depends on the chemical sector's ability to make them feel valued, writes Chemjobber. "[A]ny attempts to draw lines or define boundaries will inevitably exclude groups of people that we know deep in our bones are part of our ever-expanding enterprise," it writes.
After signing a letter of intent, Borealis and Erema will work together to bolster mechanical recycling and their roles in a circular plastics economy. "To make the circular economy of plastics a reality, we as an industry need to take action, innovate, become more customer-centric, and collaborate," says Borealis executive Lucrece Foufopoulos-De Ridder.
Leaders rekindle employee engagement when they clearly communicate their vision and show they have the courage to lead, writes Darrell Hardidge. "When you can demonstrate and deliver excellence in leadership, it will inspire and cause your team to commit to excellence in customer service," he writes.
Chevron Phillips Chemical and Qatar Petroleum are considering sites along the Gulf Coast, including within Orange County, Texas, for their $8 billion joint project, and attracting the investment should be a priority for county commissioners, writes the Beaumont Enterprise's editorial board. "That means staying in constant contact with Chevron and making sure that the county's infrastructure is prepared for this plant and its workers," it writes.
Legislators in both chambers on Congress are expected to consider bills on Wednesday that could change how the nation uses science and evaluates cost when crafting rules. House lawmakers will debate the Scientific Integrity Act, while a Senate subpanel will review how new rules or updates to existing rules affect the federal budget.
SK Innovation has entered into a memorandum of understanding to optimize Jeju Clean Energy's pyrolysis technology using its similar waste-to-fuel expertise. The technology will benefit South Korea's Jeju island.
Farmers can once again use Corteva Agriscience's sulfoxaflor pesticide, says the Environmental Protection Agency, citing industry studies that show the substance poses minimal risk for wildlife. The substance is "an important and highly effective tool for growers," EPA Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn says.
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