Industry Market Trends

Global Steel Production Down in February

March 28, 2013

Worldwide crude steel output fell slightly between January and February, but remained above the February 2012 level. However, U.S. steel production declined on both a month-to-month and year-over-year basis. Read More

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EPA Chemical Risk Assessment to Focus on Common Flame Retardants

March 28, 2013

epa-logoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment. Flame retardants can be found in a wide variety of products, including furniture, textiles, and electronics. Some flame retardant chemicals can persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in people and animals, and have been shown to cause neurological developmental effects in animals. Read More

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Washington State Roundtable Emphasizes the Cost of Unskilled Labor

March 28, 2013

A new report reveals the economic toll of the skilled worker shortage in Washington state, and emphasizes that filling jobs could generate $720 million in new state tax revenues annually. Read More