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Supreme Court Rejects Lifetime Health Benefits For Chem Plant Employees

January 27, 2015 | 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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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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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 3:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

In the analysis from D.C.-based liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour, calling the industry "a particularly important provider of jobs with good wages for workers without a college degree."

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After Spill, Pipeline Company Says New Line Will Be Safer

January 23, 2015 3:25 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana. Officials said Friday that city water was certified safe to drink after tests revealed it no longer had harmful levels of chemicals.

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Sea-Land Chemical Co. Celebrates 50th Anniversary

January 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sea-Land Chemical Co. | Comments

Sea-Land Chemical Co. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A supplier of chemicals to the lubricants industry, Sea-Land has grown into an international, employee-owned specialty chemical distributor. Today, the firm has clients on three continents and over $100 million in annual revenue.

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Gas Drilling Watchdog Group Settles Suit Over Terror Listing

January 23, 2015 9:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A gas drilling watchdog group that says it was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state. The settlement terms between Pennsylvania and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition haven't been released.

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Death of Saudi King Unsettles Oil Market, Prices Rise

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writers; YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writers | Comments

Oil prices rose on news of the death of Saudi Arabia's powerful King Abdullah, but the increase is likely to be short-lived without a cut in the kingdom's immense crude production. Brent crude, an international benchmark, was up 92 cents to $49.42 a barrel.

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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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