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California Oil Spill Gushed Like Hose 'Without a Nozzle'

June 26, 2015 9:50 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Plains All American is facing scrutiny from federal regulators and lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the spill, which washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

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Terrorist Beheading, Explosion at US-Owned Gas Factory in France

June 26, 2015 9:39 am | by LORI HINNANT, LAURENT CIPRIANI, Associated Press | Comments

The industrial site belongs to Air Products, an American chemical company based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Synthetic Biology Used to Engineer New Route to Biochemicals

June 25, 2015 5:35 pm | by University of California - Davis | Comments

A chemistry professor at UC Davis aims to design and build new biochemical pathways within living cells, based on existing pathways from other living things.

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Scientists Study Possibility That a Cocktail of Everyday Chemicals Could Trigger Cancer

June 25, 2015 4:58 pm | by Brunel University | Comments

The study selected 85 chemicals not considered carcinogenic to humans and found 50 supported key cancer-related mechanisms at exposures found in the environment today.

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US Chemical Production Down Slightly in May

June 25, 2015 4:51 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

There were gains in the output of pesticides, chlor-alkali, other specialties, and synthetic rubber. These gains were offset, however, by declines in the production of plastic resins, organic chemicals, adhesives, fertilizers, acids, phosphates, sulfates, manufactured fibers, and pharmaceuticals.

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EPA to Study Impact of Pesticides on Endangered Species

June 25, 2015 4:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Center for Biological Diversity said that under the terms of the settlement, the EPA will study the impact of glyphosate and atrazine — the most common pesticides in use in the U.S. — on some 1,500 endangered plants and animals by June of 2020.  

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Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern California Solar Plant

June 25, 2015 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

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Emerging Israel Gas Deal Ignites Fierce Debate

June 25, 2015 4:31 pm | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | Comments

When natural gas was discovered a few years ago off the shores of resource-poor Israel, it was heralded as nothing short of a miracle, but an emerging deal with developers has been plagued by criticism.

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Thermo Fisher Buying Research Chemicals Maker For $403M

June 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Scientific instruments maker Thermo Fisher will spend $403 million to acquire a Massachusetts research chemicals producer.

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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 12:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

With momentum appearing to wane at the state level, Vermont could be the only state impacted if proposed federal labeling legislation goes into law.

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East Millinocket Buys Wastewater Plant For $1

June 25, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

East Millinocket has a new wastewater plant after spending a dollar to buy one that once belonged to a former paper mill.

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Groups Call on Subway to Phase Out Antibiotics

June 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dozens of advocacy groups this week asked Subway restaurants to eliminate their use of meat from animals raised with routine use of antibiotics.

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North Dakota Tribal Panel Wants to Regulate Oil Development

June 25, 2015 9:42 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation say they can't count on federal or state regulators — or their own tribal government — to monitor the boom, so they are moving to do it themselves.

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EPA to Hear Testimony From Hundreds on Renewable Fuels Plan

June 25, 2015 9:26 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press | Comments

A federal proposal to reduce the amount of renewable fuels required in gasoline would have a stifling impact on the ethanol industry and goes against the intentions of Congress when it set the standards eight years ago, opponents of the suggested changes said.

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Iranian Crude Exports Plummet Following Sanctions

June 24, 2015 4:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

New statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that Iranian crude exports fell from 2.6 million barrels per day in 2011 to 1.4 million barrels per day last year.

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