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BASF Reports Lower Profits, Higher Sales

May 1, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

BASF said it hopes to increase sales for the whole of 2015, but added that it expects earnings to match 2014 levels.

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UN Officials Call to Eliminate Lead Paint by 2020

May 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | Comments

UNEP officials said the paint remains permitted in numerous countries and still represents about 10 percent of total lead use.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

May 1, 2015 9:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

North Dakota's fracking industry, in particular, helped make the state "an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work" according to the report.

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Groups Ask For Federal Review of Ohio Injection-Well Program

April 30, 2015 11:00 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

Injection wells pump wastewater from oil and gas drilling deep inside the earth. Some such wells in Ohio have been linked to earthquakes.

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FDA Seeks More Data on Safety of Hospital Hand Cleaners

April 30, 2015 10:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to submit additional data about medical hand washes and sanitizers, including the long-term effects of their daily use on the skin.

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Shell Profits Beat Expectations Despite Low Oil Prices

April 30, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It said its first-quarter profit rose 7 percent, thanks to a good performance in the refining division as well as to the fact that year-earlier figures were weighed down by one-time charges.

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Toxic Waste Defiles Defunct Chemical Plant in Hungary

April 30, 2015 10:08 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | Comments

Greenpeace says leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemical company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. 

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Chemical Leak at New Jersey Medical Firm Sickens at Least 10

April 30, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The refrigerant leak happened Wednesday at Home Solutions Infusion Therapy in Hammonton.

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Dow Chemical Selling AgroFresh Business For $860 Million

April 30, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Midland, Michigan-based company had announced in October that it was planning to sell AgroFresh, which offers products and services geared toward keeping produce fresh.

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BP to Sell Stake in North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The sale is expected to take place before the end of the year as part of BP's plans to trim $10 billion in assets amid plummeting gas prices.

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Toxic Emissions From Chemical Plant And Refinery Flares Higher Than Previously Thought

April 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated.

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Justice Department Seeks Charges Against Lumber Liquidators

April 29, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Company officials estimated that the charges could ultimately cost Lumber Liquidators about $10 million.

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Shell, Greenpeace Spar Over Arctic Drilling Safety Zones

April 29, 2015 2:36 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC presented testimony to a federal court judge Tuesday that the company needs safety zones around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace USA activists from endangering company workers and themselves.

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Beer Brewers Tasked With Turning Sewage Into Suds

April 29, 2015 2:33 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | Comments

An Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.

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Thai-Japanese Venture Eyes Ohio For Massive Chemical Plant

April 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Ohio leaders hope the plant will draw other plastic and chemical manufacturers to the area.

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