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Utility Changes Seek to Decrease Hawaii's Reliance on Petroleum

January 28, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

Oil accounts for a tiny fraction of electricity for the U.S. as a whole, but it powered more than 70 percent of Hawaii's electrical needs as of late 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — and all of it had to cross an ocean to get there.

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UCI Chemists Discover a Way to Unboil an Egg

January 28, 2015 2:23 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

This isn't just a case of nifty science. In fact, the research wasn’t as much about processing the egg, as it was about demonstrating the power of the process itself. According to the researchers, the discovery could transform pharmaceutical and food manufacturing.

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White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast to Drilling

January 28, 2015 9:18 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

The proposal, announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, would also include leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, though the administration also called for protecting potential drilling sites within that state's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Supreme Court Rejects Lifetime Health Benefits For Chem Plant Employees

January 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

The unanimous ruling from the high court represents a victory for M&G Polymers USA, which first sought to require retiree contributions to health coverage in 2006 after purchasing the plant six years earlier. It also tightens the standard for collective bargaining agreements that do not specify terms for lifetime benefits.

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Deal Requires Firms to Justify Fracking Trade-Secret Claim

January 27, 2015 2:22 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

A legal settlement will require petroleum companies to provide justification when they claim the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming are trade secrets that must be shielded from public disclosure.

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DuPont Profit Rises, But Strong Dollar Cuts Into Sales

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | Comments

Changes to DuPont's portfolio and improved productivity boosted fourth-quarter earnings and helped to offset the negative impact of a stronger dollar. The company, based in Wilmington, Delaware, boosted its estimated costs savings from operational redesigns by $300 million, to at least $1.3 billion by 2017.

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W.Va. Town Restoring Water Service Following Diesel Spill

January 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill. Media outlets report the state Bureau of Public Health notified the city around 7 p.m. Monday that it could restart its water treatment plant.

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Coal Mining Simulator Coming to Southern Illinois

January 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system and a control center where coordinators can monitor how the miners cope with disaster-like conditions.

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ACC's Weekly Economic Report Shows Increases Compared to a Year Ago

January 26, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

Domestic chemical production last month was up compared to the end of 2013 as indicators continue to show a healthy chemical market, according to the American Chemistry Council. Recent ACC analysis shows that chemical output in December was up 5.2 percent over December 2013, with increases reported in each of the seven geographical regions tracked by the industry group.

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Photo of The Day: Toxic Skies Over India

January 26, 2015 4:55 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

A thick layer of smog and exhaust was the backdrop for some of President Obama’s recent trip to India. The toxic mix provided a visual reminder of what’s at stake for those hoping to improve air quality in India and reduce the globe’s overall emissions from fossil fuels.

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Obama Moves to Restrict Alaska Oil Exploration

January 26, 2015 4:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

The Obama administration has proposed designating a majority of the sprawling Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as wilderness, which would restrict exploration for oil in the area. Republicans in Congress, however, have already signaled their fierce opposition to the proposal, the latest episode in a decades-long fight over ANWR.

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Salvage Company Employees Sentenced to Prison And $10.3M in Fines For Illegal Asbestos Removal

January 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

All five pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s “work practice standards,” after removing substantial amounts of asbestos without proper storage or disposal, and without providing workers necessary protective gear.

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Regulators Order Pipeline Upgrades After Montana Oil Spill

January 26, 2015 9:45 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents.

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1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal;Tupel, Miss. | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. TJN Biofuel LLC's president and owner, Steve Bolin, has not given official notice yet.

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn Join to Form $16B Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The company, which had not been named as of Monday, will have combined sales of $15.7 billion and its board will include eight directors from Rock-Tenn and six directors from MeadWestvaco. Shares of both companies hit all-time highs late last week.

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Nearly 84,000 Bottles of Mislabled Mean Green Cleaning Products Recalled

January 23, 2015 5:27 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

About 83,800 bottles of Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser have been recalled. The product is sold in both spray bottles and white and green containers. The cleaners have been shown to contain ammonia — even though the label says otherwise.

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