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9/25/2020

Many leaders are adopting a war-like mentality during the pandemic, but they'll eventually need to mix in resilience and servant leadership styles if they want to succeed in the long term, writes Art Petty. "The leaders who bring the emotional intelligence and mental acuity to adjust and adapt their style on the fly, based on the needs of the people and organization, are people we desperately need," he writes.

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9/25/2020

The Senate voted 92-3 on Thursday in favor of taking up a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Dec. 11. The Senate is expected to hold a final vote before the current funding measure expires on Sept. 30.

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9/25/2020

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced three bills on Thursday that support President Donald Trump's deregulatory agenda. One bill, the Better Evaluation of Science and Technology Act, seeks to include the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act's scientific review standards in the Administrative Procedure Act.

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9/25/2020

The Environmental Protection Agency should follow appropriations laws and put on hold the reorganization of its Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention until the plans have been reviewed, wrote Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., in a letter to Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday. "This reorganization is a significant departure from how toxic chemicals and pesticides programs are currently administrated at the Agency and therefore must first be evaluated by the Appropriations Committees," they wrote.

9/25/2020

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced the Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act on Thursday. If approved, the bill would bar plastic manufacturing facilities and other point sources from releasing plastic pellets, also known as nurdles, into waterways.

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9/25/2020

SABIC has been focused on both fighting the coronavirus pandemic and pursuing plastics circularity through its Trucircle program this year, says Americas Vice President Greg Adams. Demand for polycarbonates and other materials used in personal protective equipment has been strong, he says.

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9/25/2020

Total will stop refining crude oil at a facility in France's Grandpuits area by 2024 to focus on renewable diesel production for plastics recycling, bioplastics and other applications. "Total is demonstrating its commitment to the energy transition and reaffirming its ambition to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050," said Total Refining & Chemicals President Bernard Pinatel.

9/25/2020

The rush to acquire isopropanol, polymethylmethacrylate sheets and some polypropylene grades used in personal protective equipment has slowed since the start of the pandemic, writes Pearl Bantillo. Demand for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is strong and will likely remain so through the rest of the year, Bantillo writes.

9/24/2020

New data released by NCSolutions show that consumer spending on cleaning products has surged 34% since February, with sales of hand sanitizer, soap and antiseptics and disinfectants up 838%, 65% and 61%, respectively, in the past six months. "We've entered a new era for cleaning," said NCS CEO Linda Dupree, who doesn't expect demand for these products to fizzle out "anytime soon."

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9/24/2020

The 900-page clean energy package under consideration in the House of Representatives "is chock-full of government mandates that would raise what Americans pay for everything from the vehicles they drive to what they pay to heat, cool, and power their homes," said Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., on Wednesday. "If Democrats wanted to make real progress on clean energy, they wouldn't have dropped a 900-page bill and called for a vote a week later, without any time for thoughtful consideration through regular order," they said.

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