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BASF Just Turned 150

April 7, 2015 5:20 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Here’s a quick look at the chemical giant’s history, from game-changing innovations and alleged war crimes, to rapid expansion and tackling the chemical challenges of the future.  


5 Years After BP Spill, Industry Touts Ability to Respond

April 7, 2015 4:58 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil companies say they can clean up offshore spills far faster today than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out 45 miles (72 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation's worst offshore oil spill.


US Probes Pesticide Poisoning That Sickened Family in USVI

April 7, 2015 4:54 pm | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. authorities have determined that the highly toxic pesticide methyl bromide caused a Delaware family to become seriously ill at a U.S. Virgin Islands resort, and that the chemical was used at the resort several times in the past year.


Summer Gas Prices Expected to be 32 Percent Lower This Year

April 7, 2015 4:50 pm | by DAMIAN J. TROISE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department.


Mexico, First Reserve Strike $1B Energy Investment Deal

April 7, 2015 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company and U.S.-based First Reserve are announcing a $1 billion deal to invest in the energy sector.


Greenpeace Group Boards Arctic Offshore Drill Rig in Pacific

April 7, 2015 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board.


MP3300iec, VIPA SLIO and MotionWorks IEC v3

April 7, 2015 9:57 am | by Yaskawa America | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of three new motion control products. Each of the new devices is designed to improve the performance of automation systems, and to compound the improvement in system effectiveness when used in combination.

US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades

April 7, 2015 9:49 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety officials said.


Obama Presents Climate Change as Hazard to Your Health

April 7, 2015 9:44 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions and injuries from extreme weather.


Chinese Paraxylene Plant Erupts in Flames, Injuring at Least 6

April 7, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Six people were hospitalized and hundreds of firefighters deployed to fight a hydrocarbon fire following an explosion at a plant in southern China that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene.


Coast Guard: Ship Hits 2 Others on Mississippi; Oil Spills

April 7, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 420 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River and a nine-mile stretch of the waterway was closed after a ship broke free of its mooring in southern Louisiana and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

'Fight Club' Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 7, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In films, he's played poker with Matt Damon and fought with Brad Pitt. Now actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to the anti-fracking campaign in Maryland.


State Posts Details of $225M Exxon Settlement on Website

April 6, 2015 2:49 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's what you need to know about the four-page proposal.


Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 6, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and others, argued the prevalence of organohalogens in many common products poses long-term health risks that outweigh their fire safety properties.


EPA Announces Moratorium on Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Various factors — including insecticides, habitat loss and disease — steadily reduced honeybee populations for decades, but research suggested the rise in neonicotinoids resulted in a recent spike in those population losses.



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