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Gulf Oil Wells Lingering With Temporary Seals

July 20, 2015 9:52 am | by JEFF DONN, Associated Press | Comments

Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing, an investigation by The Associated Press shows.

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Shrinking Kodak Takes on New Role: Startup Landlord

July 20, 2015 9:47 am | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press | Comments

The chemical know-how and machines that spooled out countless miles of film are being eyed for medical marijuana and solar cells, while the private rail line now carries tomatoes alongside coal as photography pioneer Kodak, its bankruptcy behind it, embraces a new role: startup landlord.

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Report: Foods Responsible For Majority of E. coli Outbreaks

July 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed nearly two-thirds of E. coli outbreaks to food sources.

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Dow Chemical Pushes to Reinvent Itself

July 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

At a recent conference, the head of Dow Chemical said that 10 years of increasing emphasis on innovation has resulted in an overhauled enterprise that's "catching up to Silicon Valley.”

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5 Die, 4 Missing in Collapse of Coal Pit Wall in Philippines

July 17, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A wall in a vast coal pit collapsed in the central Philippines early Friday, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago, a governor said Friday.

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Operation Manager Pleads to Pollutants Dumping

July 17, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An oilfield production company employee has pleaded guilty to dumping polluted water into the West Cote Blanche Bay.

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2 Rail Cars Leaking Crude After Oil Train Derails in Montana

July 17, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

More than 20 cars on an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana and at least two of them were leaking crude, authorities said. 

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New Rule to Protect Streams Near Coal Mines

July 16, 2015 6:00 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans, even as the administration projected only modest job losses in coal country.

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Singapore Hosts Asia's Largest Alkoxylation Chemical Plant

July 16, 2015 5:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Solvay last week unveiled a new alkoxylation plant in Singapore, which the Belgian chemical company said is the largest facility of its kind in Asia.

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Report Links Fracking to Higher Dropout Rates

July 16, 2015 5:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The authors also wrote that fracking could distort local students' expectations for earnings at their levels of educational attainment.

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Deal Requires Deep Pollution Cuts at Iowa Coal-Fired Plants

July 16, 2015 5:27 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Iowa's second largest power company agreed to drastically cut pollution at several coal-fired power plants under a Clean Air Act settlement that's expected to make the air safer and easier to breathe around the state.

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Ranchers Sue Over Rule Giving Feds Authority on State Water

July 16, 2015 5:21 pm | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press | Comments

The foundation argues the rule is unconstitutional because it sets no limit on the reach of the Clean Water Act.

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2 People Remain Hospitalized After Factory Explosion

July 16, 2015 5:17 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Comments

Two people remained hospitalized Thursday after an explosion that heavily damaged an aerospace manufacturing plant in the town of Newport.

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South Bent Ethanol Plant Reopens After $100M Investment

July 16, 2015 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A once-idled ethanol plant in South Bend is producing and shipping the fuel again.

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Mexico's First Auction of Oil Sites Draws Few Bids

July 16, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mexico is getting off to a rough start in its effort to attract investment for its oil fields by allowing private companies to enter the energy sector after a seven-decade state monopoly.

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