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U.S. Gives Farmers Approval To Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | Comments

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States.

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GAO: Gov't Waste of Natural Gas Costing Taxpayers Millions

May 6, 2015 4:56 pm | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

A congressional investigation has found that significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions.


Warwick Chemical Company Pleads Guilty to Violations

May 6, 2015 4:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company failed to develop and implement a risk management plan while storing 92 drums of hydrofluoric acid weighing 46,000 pounds.


Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 6, 2015 10:03 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said.


Mexico: 2 Workers Dead, 10 Hurt in Another Oil Rig Accident

May 6, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said the Troll Solution rig was maneuvering to perform offshore maintenance at the time of the accident.


EPA to Ramp up Restrictions on Formaldehyde

May 6, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Critics of the proposed rules said it would implement redundant and costly standards, particularly on small businesses.


Mixed Reaction For Plan For Western Pa. Petrochemical Plant

May 6, 2015 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A proposal by Shell Chemical to build a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania drew praise from those who say it will boost the region's economy, and criticism from those who fear it will harm the environment.


Panera CEO on Push to Banish Artificial Ingredients

May 5, 2015 12:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

Panera Bread is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding fuel to the debate over whether that improves food quality or is just a marketing tool.


Family: Teens Still Critical 6 Weeks After Resort Poisoning

May 5, 2015 12:02 pm | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | Comments

The family fell ill after an applicator working for Terminix used methyl bromide at the resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


How Big is Tesla’s ‘Big’ Announcement?

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Tesla hailed its new battery division as the beginning of a "transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world." In reality, Tesla is joining a crowded field of companies already invested in on-site energy storage, and experts are split on just how much those systems will impact the energy market.


AkzoNobel Completes Divestment of Paper Chemicals Business

May 5, 2015 9:59 am | by AkzoNobel | Comments

AkzoNobel continues to have a strong presence in the pulp industry as the leading global supplier of chemicals and customized solutions for bleaching pulp, marketed under the Eka brand.


Greenpeace Ranks Fashion Companies' Use of Toxic Chemicals

May 5, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Greenpeace has taken aim at the fashion industry and the use of certain toxic chemicals in clothing manufacturing.


Cleanup of Superfund Town Would Leave Some Asbestos Behind

May 5, 2015 9:47 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated press | Comments

A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave the dangerous material inside some houses rather than remove it.


Texas Legislature Acts to Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling

May 5, 2015 9:42 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | Comments

It's a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."


Study: Trace Amount of Drilling Chemical Found in Drinking Water

May 5, 2015 9:38 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | Comments

The compound, 2-BE, has a wide variety of industrial and household uses, and is commonly found in paint, cosmetics and cleaners, but the authors identified gas drilling as the most probable source.


Nuclear Weapons Lab Worker Seriously Burned in Accident

May 4, 2015 5:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was in critical condition Monday after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers at the nuclear weapons research facility to the hospital.



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