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Fracking Puts California Governor, Environmentalists at Odds

February 6, 2015 10:59 am | by JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press | Comments

In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy. Forty years later, in his second go-around as governor, conservationists are among his harshest critics.

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Global Plastics Additives Market Expected to Grow

February 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The market research included companies such as BASF, Exxon Mobil, Bayer Ag., Zeon Chemicals, Dow Plastic Additives and others. It looked at the growth potential for chemicals added to polymer/plastic processing and production, including plasticizers, flame retardants, UV stabilizers, antioxidants and others.

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When Will The World Catch up With Virent?

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This Chem.Info plant profile takes you inside Virent to find out how they’re harnessing the potential of renewable feedstocks to make high-quality chemicals of the future, and to answer one question: When will the world be ready to buy what Virent has shown it can produce?

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President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Budget Includes Extra Funding For OSHA

February 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The proposals, however, are likely to meet resistance from Republicans, many of whom have expressed concerns about regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. OSHA, which conducts safety inspections at worksites, would receive funding to improve its enforcement of more than 20 whistleblower protection laws, two top agency administrators wrote.

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders And Production Continue To Grow

February 5, 2015 9:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes. Eight-five percent of respondents also said their businesses planned to increase investments in their operations this year compared to 2014.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 3, 2015 4:08 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The researchers from the study say it provides “strong evidence” that exposure to pyrethroid pesticides, including deltamethrin, may be a risk factor for ADHD. The mice in the study displayed symptoms such as dysfunctional dopamine signaling to the brain, hyperactivity, working memory, attention deficits and impulsive-like behavior.

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As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 29, 2015 4:47 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

While plastics boast numerous social benefits, such extending the shelf life of food and reducing waste, efforts to keep it from impacting the environment have failed to keep pace with its use. It’s estimated that in the U.S., only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic was recycled in 2012...

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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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