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Dow Chemical Adjusted Profit & Revenue Rise

July 23, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Dow Chemical's second-quarter net income slid 62 percent as the prior-year period benefited from a $2.16 billion payment related to a scrapped joint venture.                             

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

U.S. Chemical Production Higher In June

July 23, 2014 5:14 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in May, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) continued to expand, rising by 0.3 percent in June. Chemical output was higher in all regions.

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Multi-Million Metal Research Center Heads To Detroit

July 23, 2014 5:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.                 

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Oil Gains On Sharp Drop In U.S. Supplies

July 23, 2014 4:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil rose Wednesday after the government reported that U.S. oil supplies rose more than expected.                                              

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Air Quality Deemed Safe After Oil Supply Plant Fire

July 23, 2014 4:51 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said Wednesday.                            

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New Safety Rules Proposed To Phase Out Old Oil Trains

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

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Industrial Fire's Cause Still Unknown

July 23, 2014 10:05 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.                          

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The EPA's Twitter Faux Pas

July 22, 2014 4:58 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.                                        

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Flaws Found In Gas Drilling Regulation

July 22, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Pennsylvania's state auditor general released a performance audit report saying the Department of Environmental Protection lacks a clear policy on the timeliness and frequency of inspections of the thousands of wells and does not routinely verify information the industry provides about waste disposal.

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Lawsuit Expected After Tar Sands Oil Ban

July 22, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.

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Ex-Miner Asks Congress For Help For Black Lung Sufferers

July 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Senate Health Committee's employment and workplace safety subcommittee held the hearing in response to a series by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News on black lung benefits claims for miners. The yearlong investigation, which won a Pulitzer prize for the Center for Public Integrity, examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.

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Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.           

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Maine City Vote Bans Tar Sands Oil

July 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city.                 

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Michigan Steel Plant Sued Over Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 10:23 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.                   

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Overloaded Bins Caused Fatal January Accident

July 22, 2014 10:20 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said.                      

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Maine Biomass Plant Moves Forward

July 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A $30 million biomass plant proposed for Athens has won certification from a state financing agency for $12 million in state tax credits, a step forward for a project that could mean saving or creating about 200 jobs and boosting the local tax base.

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