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EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 4:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

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Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

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Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine.

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Higher Temps Raise Phthalate Emissions From Vinyl Crib Mattress Covers

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

The pair said the plastic commonly used in children’s cribs are of particular concern because infants breathe in far more air than adults, given their lower body weight. And because of how much they sleep, phthalates could be affecting the air they breathe 12 to 14 hours a day.

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Cleanup Underway For Nearly 3M-Gallon Saltwater Spill in ND

January 22, 2015 9:31 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | Comments

Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club, called the brine "a real toxic mix" and "an extreme threat to the environment and people's health." "Technology exists to prevent these spills and nothing is being done," said Schafer. "Better pipelines, flow meters, cutoff switches, more inspectors — something has got to be done."

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Hardide Invests $7 Million in New Virginia Plant

January 22, 2015 9:25 am | by Hardide Coatings | Comments

The 26,000 square foot facility in Martinsville, Henry County, is planned to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015. The company produces a patented range of hard wearing coatings which significantly increase the life of critical metal parts operating in abrasive, erosive, corrosive and chemically aggressive environments.

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Ottawa Police Arrest Chemist After Hotel Evacuation

January 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A chemist was arrested at an Ottawa hotel Wednesday following an overnight police investigation linked to the discovery of dangerous chemicals 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 21, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

A federal judge this week struck down a New Mexico county's fracking ban in one of a growing number of regulatory fights over the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil reserves from deep rock underground.

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 21, 2015 4:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Projections for 2015 suggest the number of oil rigs operating on U.S. soil could fall dramatically as prices for crude oil remain low.

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Obama: US Must Aim Higher Than Keystone on Infrastructure

January 21, 2015 10:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama says the U.S. should aim higher than one single pipeline as it works to modernize its infrastructure. Obama wasn't referencing the Keystone XL pipeline by name in his State of the Union address. But he alluded to it by asking Congress to look beyond just one oil pipeline.

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Montana City Tries to Fix Water System Tainted by Oil Spill

January 21, 2015 9:57 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities scrambled to decontaminate a water system serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil was released Saturday.

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Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

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EPA Proposes New Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 20, 2015 5:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight corporate giants, including DuPont, 3M and Ciba, to begin phasing out perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals.

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Revett Mining Shutting Down Montana Silver, Copper Mine

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Revett Mining Co. has announced it is closing a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana due to low metals prices and laying off just over 70 employees. Spokane Valley-based Revett announced Monday that it would end development work, continue milling operations through the end of January and then place the mine on "care and maintenance" mode.

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Mysterious Goo Blamed in Bay Area Bird Deaths; Tests Planned

January 20, 2015 3:52 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A mysterious sticky substance has been found coating the feathers of about 300 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few days, and wildlife officials blame it for dozens of deaths. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said analysts already know it is not a petroleum-based substance.

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