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Missouri Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 8:36 am | by SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment.

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Chevron Pulls Out of Shale Gas Exploration in Romania

February 23, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.

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Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail at 10 a Year

February 23, 2015 5:10 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the country.

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Transitioning to The GHS: 5 Misconceptions That May Cost Chemical Manufacturers

February 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by Gary Vegh, Senior Toxicologist at ERA Environmental | Blogs | Comments

Wherever you are in the GHS transition process, the following misconceptions are worth reading and correcting today.

Filthy India Air Cutting 660 Million Lives Short by 3 Years

February 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | Articles | Comments

India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment.

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ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

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Study Says Prenatal Chemical Exposure Could Harm Infant Boys

February 23, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found exposure to even low levels of diethylhexyl phthalate — a prominent plastic softener — during the first trimester of pregnancy could result in disrupted genital development in boys.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

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Still Unclear What Caused Blast at California Refinery

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

It's still unclear what caused an explosion at an oil refinery outside Los Angeles, and there's no timetable for when gas production will resume.

Beer Byproduct Could Help Clean Municipal Water Supply

February 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

An unwanted byproduct of the beer brewing process appears set to help the city of Boulder, Colorado comply with water regulations and potentially save thousands of dollars.

The Oil Crisis: What Will Happen to Production?

February 23, 2015 10:25 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

EOG Resources recently announced that it would be cutting spending and drilling in the coming year. Meanwhile, a U.S. government agency predicts that production on home soil will keep growing. So who's right?

Ohio Families Drop Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

February 23, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

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Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to restart another mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

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ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical regulations.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 3:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The U.S. remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

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