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Texas Manufacturing Activity Strengthens, Outlooks Improve

Texas factory activity increased again in July, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose 11 points to 22.8, indicating output grew at a faster pace than in June.

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Texas Port Transportation Corridors: Critical for Industry Economic Success

By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas.

The need for Texas Port Transportation Corridors is critical for chemical industry economic success. These port corridors will ensure a safe and efficient route for industries near our Texas ports to transport container shipments for export to their customers. Port Transportation Corridors will make Texas more competitive with ports around the world by utilizing special “heavy haul” corridors requiring state permits that allow manufacturers to safely transport full container shipments to nearby ports.

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Company Announcements

LyondellBasell to move ahead on $2.4 billion Houston plant

The Houston petrochemical company LyondellBasell said it will move forward with its most expensive project ever, a $2.4 billion plant near the Houston Ship Channel that would become the largest factory of its kind in the world.

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Announces New Plant Manager at Pasadena Plastics

PASADENA, TEXAS (March 1, 2017) – Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) announces today Gary Piana has been named plant manager of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Pasadena Plastics Complex as Michael Gilbert retires after nearly 40 years of service.

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Political News

Voter fraud crackdown a step closer with House committee vote

The Texas Legislature moved a step closer Monday in toughening the state’s penalties for those who hijack votes from unsuspecting Texans by using mail-in ballots

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In town halls, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd juggles district priorities in Trump era

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd logged hundreds of miles Sunday and Monday to hold town halls during Congress' summer recess, and his interactions with constituents illustrated the fine line he must walk in his massive swing district.

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With no opposition in sight, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally launches 2018 re-election bid

Before sign-waving supporters, Gov. Greg Abbott formally launched his re-election campaign Friday in San Antonio, days before he brings the Texas Legislature back for a special session.

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With 2018 election looming, Texas back in court over political maps

Texas and its legal foes are back in court this week to hash out whether the state can hold the 2018 elections with its existing political maps.

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Regulatory News

EPA Issues Temporary Stay on Final Risk Management Plan Rule (3-13-2017)

On Monday, March 13th, at the request of an industry coalition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), issued a temporary stay on its rule that would impose additional requirements on facilities under its Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility accident prevention program (“RMP Rule”). The stay was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 16th.

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Emergency Management

TCC OSC Hurricane Recovery Resources

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Mid-Coast Region

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