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BASF Just Turned 150

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

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Possible New Laws Considered Nearly 2 Years After West Blast

April 2, 2015 10:48 am | by J.B. SMITH, Waco Tribune-Herald | Comments

Nearly two years after a fire set off a deadly ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., Texas businesses selling the chemical aren't subject to any new laws, and only a handful store it in fireproof buildings as experts recommend, state officials said.

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Do The Math: Fracking, by The Numbers

March 31, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Know how many chemicals are used to fracking? Or how many wells are in the U.S.? Here’s a look at fracking, by the numbers.  

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Mining For Tourists? A Dubious Economic Savior in Appalachia

March 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by JONATHAN DREW and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press | Comments

Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal — its very name is an acronym for South East Coal Company. But as mining wanes, officials across the region are looking for something to replace traditional jobs and revenues.

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Is Wyoming Ready For Another Bust?

March 28, 2015 3:37 pm | by BENJAMIN STORROW, Casper Star-Tribune | Comments

Almost three decades after a dramatic drop in crude prices brought the state to its knees, is Wyoming better prepared to navigate another oil industry bust?

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Analysts at New York-based Persistence Market Research predicted the market value of hydrogen would increase by more than 46 percent from $96.6 billion in 2014 to $141.4 billion in 2020. The overall market, meanwhile, is expected to rise from 255.3 billion cubic meters in 2014 to 324.8 billion cubic meters in 2020.

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Views Mixed on U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

For some, the news triggered speculation that declining storage space in the U.S. - at a time when the market already has too much oil - could further erode crude prices. Others believe the nation's oil capacity is already at or near its peak with millions of gallons of potential space to spare.

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How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This latest drug shortage may not mean that manufacturers have the final say in the matter, but their actions are clearly helping to steer the conversation.

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Worker Safety Still Plagues US Oil Refineries

March 23, 2015 5:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

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You Can go Home: Returnees to ND Oil Boom Town Here to Stay

March 23, 2015 10:43 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Comments

The discovery of crude oil here has been a powerful population magnet, not just bringing hordes of outsiders to the Bakken but luring back others who've discovered that, yes, they can go home again.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

No matter the industry, learning and following safety techniques is crucial in protecting your business and your employees — and the manufacturing sector is definitely no exception.

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This Japanese Company Built A 'Disaster-Proof' Factory

March 18, 2015 3:51 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

The factory is equipped with a massive battery storage, a smart power supply system, an efficient gas engine disconnected from the grid, banks of solar panels, and rows of huge LED light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. The plant also stores its own natural gas, food and water.

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Industry Insider: The Public Should be Warned About Living Near Chemical Plants

March 17, 2015 5:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

“Whenever there’s a high-magnitude incident, a lot of people ask, ‘Why didn’t we see this coming? Why was [the plant] built so close to houses?’” Scott Harris recently told Chem.Info. “It’s not a well understood community issue.”

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In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 10:38 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics

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Solar Eclipse Will Test Germany's Green Power Grid

March 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Comments

Will this week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

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