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European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 5:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve As Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 5:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from Washington State University believe a pesky weed could hold the key to developing a new source of rubber.  

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Pipeline That Leaked Into Montana River Was Split at Weld

April 9, 2015 4:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding.

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Utility Won't Appeal $1.6 Billion Penalty For Deadly Blast

April 9, 2015 4:44 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 9, 2015 4:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

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Scientists Seek Source of Giant Methane Mass Over Southwest

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

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Number of People Sickened by Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries also announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination.

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California Regulator: State's Utility "Too Big" For Safety?

April 9, 2015 10:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

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Big Oil Deposit Near London Airport, But Will be Hard to Tap

April 9, 2015 9:58 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

A British energy company says there is oil, and lots of it, near London's Gatwick Airport. The question is how much of it can be pumped from the ground.

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Brazilian Chemical Company to Establish First Foreign Plant in US

April 8, 2015 5:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Inbra, which specializes in plastic and rubber additives, will spend $7.7 million to establish the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

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China's 'Hell on Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 8, 2015 5:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

 A network of pipes relentlessly pumps toxic runoff into a man-made lake of "sludge."

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Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

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Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 5:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analysis projects that technological advances and continued exploration and development of oil and gas reserves will generate an average annual growth rate of 6 percent in oilfield chemicals.

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3 Finance Stories to Watch — And What They Mean For Chemical Manufacturers

April 8, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Follow the money.

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Cleaning Products Maker Zep Being Taken Private

April 8, 2015 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Commercial and industrial chemical products company Zep Inc. is being taken private in a $692 million sale including assumed debt to private equity firm New Mountain Capital.

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