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ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

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Study Says Prenatal Chemical Exposure Could Harm Infant Boys

February 23, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found exposure to even low levels of diethylhexyl phthalate — a prominent plastic softener — during the first trimester of pregnancy could result in disrupted genital development in boys.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

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Still Unclear What Caused Blast at California Refinery

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer | Comments

It's still unclear what caused an explosion at an oil refinery outside Los Angeles, and there's no timetable for when gas production will resume.

Ohio Families Drop Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

February 23, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

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Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to restart another mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

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ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical regulations.

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US Rig Count Decreases 48 to 1,310

February 20, 2015 3:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices.

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Kansas Senate Bills Seek to Stall EPA's Regulations

February 20, 2015 3:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Kansas Senate committee is considering two bills that could delay or prevent enactment of federal clean air rules to regulate carbon emissions from power plants.

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TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

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Walker Plans to Pursue 2 Export-Capable Gaslines

February 20, 2015 9:43 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Bill Walker said he wants Alaska to pursue two natural gas pipeline projects, both of which would be capable of exporting liquefied natural gas.

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Blast Devastates Refinery, Sends Ash Raining Down on Area

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.

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Blast Hits Southern California Refinery

February 18, 2015 4:16 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

The facility — a structure several stories tall — was shattered. Crews poured water onto the structure afterward, and a fire spokesman said at midday the situation was controlled.

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Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

February 18, 2015 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

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European Companies Announce Development of 'Unbreakable' LCD

February 18, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

German chemical giant Merck and British electronics company FlexEnable have announced new technology they say will enable make LCD screens that are reportedly cheaper, 10 times thinner and more than 10 times lighter than conventional displays.

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