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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, October 15

3:02 PM MDT | October 15, 2010 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:

U.K. officials have asked the European Commission to postpone the Reach registration deadline for one year. The deadline is currently November 30, though a CW survey has found that most large chemicals firms are prepared for it.

Hugo "smellin' the sulfur" Chavez has expropriated a lubricants firm and a fertilizers firm in order to "better serve the people of Venezuela."

Malaysian state petrochemicals company Petronas Chemicals is seeking to raise $4 billion in an IPO, the company has confirmed. The IPO was originally estimated to be $2 billion.

The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund are reportedly in talks to mount a bid for PotashCorp.

Around the Web:

A column in the New York Times expresses support for climate policy sans cap-and-trade, mostly federal clean energy funding.

Also on climate, a new study by Yale University finds that Americans believe climate change is happening but don't really understand it, in Science Daily.

The Los Angeles Times has a piece on CDC studies on the effects of chemicals on human health.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has become an issue in this fall's mid-term elections, even though she is not running for anything and occupies an appointed post, the Wall Street Journal reports. In an interview with Politico, Jackson defended her record.

The Wall Street Journal also has a study on college majors and job satisfaction. The major with the highest reported level of satisfaction, of those surveyed (though I must admit, they seem arbitrarily cherry-picked)? Chemical engineering.

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