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Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 3:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The bill targets artificial sweeteners, colors and flavorings, along with additives such as monosodium glutamate and azodicarbonamide and preservatives including butylated hydroxyanisole.

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Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Saudi Arabia hopes U.S. shale workers — many of them casualties of the ongoing downturn in crude prices — will consider the deserts of the Middle East as their new home.

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Largest US Cache of Chemical Weapons About to be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 3:24 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

The first container of mustard agent was moved into an airtight containment building at Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado, and crews expected to open it and neutralize it later in the day.

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Chemical Regulation Overhaul Bill Faces Opposition in Senate

March 18, 2015 3:20 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he found it ironic that Republicans would push to give power to the EPA — "the same EPA that they want to cut the budget of. Frankly, I don't think that passes the laugh test if I may say so."

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EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 18, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The agreement could also enable the agencies to coordinate reviews when toxins are subject to regulation by both agencies.

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Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic from Potatoes

March 18, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The agreement between biotech firm Bio-on and potato products company Pizzoli aims to produce 2,000 tons of bioplastics annually with the hope of doubling that capacity in the future.

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General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

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Oilpatch Firms Selling Stock to Shore up Finances, But Who's Buying?

March 18, 2015 10:54 am | by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Comments

Energy firms have been looking to raise billions in financing by selling big chunks of their own stock — betting that investors smell a buying opportunity.

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Greenbrier Shares Find Energy Outside of Energy Sector

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The railroad freight-car maker Greenbrier announced a sharp hike in orders during the second quarter, but industry watchers honed in on what railroads want to buy, rather than how much.

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Panel Nears Decision on Coal-Fired Power Plant Closure Plan

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.

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La Pine Biomass Electricity Plant Looks For Energy Buyer

March 18, 2015 10:24 am | by DYLAN J. DARLING, Bend Bulletin | Comments

The $75 million, 25-megawatt biomass plant would produce enough electricity to power about 19,000 homes, Broberg said. The plant would burn wood — limbs and other scrap left over after logging, debris from thinning projects and urban waste — to heat water, create steam and turn a turbine.

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Oil Prices Fall to Six-Year Low

March 17, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the wake of a 10 percent slide last week, the price of crude oil on the West Texas Intermediate index fell to about $44 per barrel, the lowest level in six years.

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More States Looking to Ban Microbeads

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The wide range of soaps and skin care products containing the pellets, called microbeads, sparked fears among researchers and environmental advocates about their effect on the water supply.

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Canada Safety Board Says Tank Car Standards Needed Sooner

March 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

"While the proposed standards look promising, the TSB has concerns about the implementation timeline," the Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.

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ConcoPhillips to Cut Spending, Expects Output Boost

March 17, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Houston-based energy company said Tuesday that it plans to reduce its annual capital spending to about $11.5 billion, down from a prior plan of about $16 billion, through 2017. It expects spending on development drilling to increase while major project spending declines.

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