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Buffett Says New Oil Train Rules Will Affect BNSF Railroad

May 4, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Buffett says railroads play an important role in transporting potentially dangerous products across the United States, and he thinks it makes more sense for railroads to haul them instead of trucks or pipelines in most cases.

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House Passes $35B Bill For Energy Department, Water Projects

May 1, 2015 4:51 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | Comments

House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Workers in Confined Spaces to Come Under Protection Rule

May 1, 2015 4:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Workers in confined spaces face risks of exposure to toxic substances, electrocution, asphyxiation and explosions. 

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Freedom Industries Offers $2.7M For Victims of Chemical Spill

May 1, 2015 4:42 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Freedom Industries wants to wrap up its bankruptcy case by paying a variety of groups $6.7 million, including $2.7 million for victims of the company's January 2014 chemical spill.

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US, Canada Unveil Rules to Boost Oil Train Safety

May 1, 2015 4:37 pm | by JOAN LOWY and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules.

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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 4:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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Fee Proposed on Rail Cars That Haul Oil, Other Flammables

May 1, 2015 9:29 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

The fee would start at $175 and increase to $1,400 per car by 2018. It would raise an estimated $600 million to train first responders, clean up spills and relocate rail tracks around populated areas.

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Flakka, Synthetic Drug Behind Increasingly Bizarre Crimes

May 1, 2015 9:24 am | by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer | Comments

It is the latest in a series of synthetic drugs that include Ecstasy and bath salts, but officials say flakka is even easier to obtain in small quantities through the mail.

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House Panel Targets 'Glaring Management Failures' at EPA

May 1, 2015 9:21 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

"We've seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at the EPA," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "It is well past time for someone to be held accountable for these management failings."

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BASF Reports Lower Profits, Higher Sales

May 1, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

BASF said it hopes to increase sales for the whole of 2015, but added that it expects earnings to match 2014 levels.

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UN Officials Call to Eliminate Lead Paint by 2020

May 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | Comments

UNEP officials said the paint remains permitted in numerous countries and still represents about 10 percent of total lead use.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

May 1, 2015 9:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

North Dakota's fracking industry, in particular, helped make the state "an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work" according to the report.

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Groups Ask For Federal Review of Ohio Injection-Well Program

April 30, 2015 11:00 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

Injection wells pump wastewater from oil and gas drilling deep inside the earth. Some such wells in Ohio have been linked to earthquakes.

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FDA Seeks More Data on Safety of Hospital Hand Cleaners

April 30, 2015 10:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to submit additional data about medical hand washes and sanitizers, including the long-term effects of their daily use on the skin.

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Shell Profits Beat Expectations Despite Low Oil Prices

April 30, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It said its first-quarter profit rose 7 percent, thanks to a good performance in the refining division as well as to the fact that year-earlier figures were weighed down by one-time charges.

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