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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, October 8

2:42 PM MDT | October 8, 2010 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:

Petrochemical and pharmaceutical industry luminaries gathered this week in Brussels and Paris, respectively, for EPCA and CPhI. At EPCA, CW reported on the industry's search for a new business model. Meanwhile, at CPhI, fine chemicals players were optimistic about the future. Move coverage from CPhI, including video, here.

LyondellBasell has been approved for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The company's shares will begin trading this upcoming Thursday.

"Styrolution" is not a rock band or a styrene-based protest movement – it's BASF's styrenics unit. The company has carved out the unit in anticipation of eventually exiting the business.

This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to three scientists, two in the U.S. and one in Japan, for breakthroughs in carbon coupling.

Around the Web:

A piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer argues that regional cap-and-trade programs, such as the one currently in place for power producers in the northeastern U.S., are working – contrary to popular belief.

The Atlantic weighs in on the BPA controversy.

West Virginia is suing the U.S. EPA over regulation of mountaintop coal mining. Somehow, the Republican candidate in that state's Senate race is using that to call his opponent, the Democratic governor behind the suit, an Obama administration lackey, The Hill's E2-Wire reports.

BASF is launching a new video series on a variety of chemistry-related issues. This week's entry: "Using biodegradable plastics intelligently."

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