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Poll Shows Giant Gap Between What Public, Scientists Think

January 29, 2015 4:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Matching polls of both the general public and the country's largest general science organization show that scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public.

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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting oil, natural gas or their byproducts throughout the country. This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.

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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

According to the CSB, the dust collection system inside the plant was so flawed it took only a day for enough combustible dust and hydrocarbons to accumulate in the duct that it overheated, ignited spontaneously, caused an explosion in the rooftop dust collector and unleashed a fiery flash.

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FACT CHECK: Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 28, 2015 4:58 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. Which is it? A check of some of the claims about the pipeline as a bill approving it heads toward likely passage...

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Photos of a Chemical Plant Captured Early Images of Auschwitz — And Other Facts About Its History

January 27, 2015 10:34 pm | by Meagan Parrish, editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Allied liberation of Auschwitz — How much do you know about the infamous chemical company that played a pivotal role in Auschwitz’s history? Take a read and find out.  

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Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 2:38 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce and break the stereotype of it being “a man’s world.”

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Cancellation of $6.5B Petrochemical Project in Qatar Changes Outlook For MEG Market

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Tison Keel, director, global EO& Derivatives, IHS Chemical | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) joint announcement last week that they have cancelled their planned $6.5 billion Qatari petrochemical project, called Al-Karaana, which will significantly change the global supply and demand balances for mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins.

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

In a recent interview with Chem.Info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating their efforts. “[In the coming year] we expect that chemical companies are going to look at safety a lot more seriously,” he said.

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Policing The Patch: It's 'Not Mayberry Anymore'

January 26, 2015 9:55 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Comments

Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.

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5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

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Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 22, 2015 5:06 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle.

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Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 4:58 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 10:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU’s standards for environmental and food safety, and a new report by the Center for International Environmental Law takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

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From Car Lots to City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:23 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | Comments

Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

Company With Chemical Spill Ties Cited 8 Times

January 16, 2015 4:31 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

State regulators have cited the new firm, Lexycon, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

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