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New Jersey Officially Announces $225M Exxon Mobil Settlement

March 5, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

State officials say it is the largest environmental settlement in state history — though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought.

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Prairie Island Nuclear Plant Unit Shut Down

March 5, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Operators of the Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing are shutting down one of its two units because of a fire alarm.

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Plantation Owners Seeking Answers About Mercury Pollution

March 5, 2015 10:24 am | by DAVID J. MITCHELL, The Advocate | Comments

The plant turns bauxite ore shipped from Jamaica into alumina, which supplies the company's aluminum smelter in Missouri.

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Amid ongoing talks over trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and Europe, the White House sought Trade Promotion Authority, which would require Congress to consider proposed trade agreements without amendments.

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-To-Work Proposal

March 5, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River

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Dow's Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dow has increased production of ethylene, propylene and derivatives for the packaging industry. The plans will expand the Gulf Coast facilities by 40 percent.

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Fallout From Formaldehyde Scandal Continues For Lumber Liquidators

March 5, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

A lawmaker is calling for an investigation while the company's stocks have tumbled and they've bowed out of several public appearances. 

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Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama's proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. 

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

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McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The announcement comes as the fast-food giant struggles to shake its junk-food image amid intensifying competition from smaller rivals positioning themselves as more wholesome alternatives.

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California Shuts Down Oil Wells to Protect Groundwater

March 4, 2015 10:42 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | Comments

Years of confusion, lax oversight and miscommunication among state and federal regulators are to blame for injecting protected groundwater with the waste, says a separate report California's Environmental Protection Agency.

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Nuclear Company Areva in Turmoil After Billions in Losses

March 4, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nuclear manufacturer Areva has announced a 4.8 billion euro loss for 2014, more than its entire market value, plunging the powerful French nuclear industry into turmoil.

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Advocates, Critics of Fracking Turn Out For Hearing on Bills

March 4, 2015 10:17 am | by MEREDITH SOMERS, Associated Press | Comments

Fracking opponents came out in force Tuesday to speak their minds at a Senate hearing on legislation that would limit natural gas drilling in Maryland.

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Pics of The Day: Used Motor Oil Spills Into River

March 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

It'd seem even prettier if it wasn't so dangerous — on Tuesday as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil stored in an above ground tank leaked into irrigation canals before slithering a river in Washington.

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California to Classify Styrene as Carcinogen

March 3, 2015 3:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Styrene is used primarily in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins, and occupational exposure can occur in polystyrene factories and in the reinforced plastics industry.

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

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