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Bill Would Limit Arsenic In Rice

May 27, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, said inorganic arsenic in rice, cereal and other common products exposes consumers to high levels of the carcinogen and that the federal government should step in.

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Research Could Fix Chocolate 'Blooms'

May 27, 2015 5:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

European researchers believe tweaking chocolate production could eliminate unsightly "blooms" that can appear on sweets and present a challenge for manufacturers.


China Coal Production Falls in First 4 Months of Year

May 27, 2015 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.


EPA Issues Final Rules Protecting Drinking Water, Streams

May 27, 2015 1:48 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration issued new rules Wednesday to protect the nation's drinking water and clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are covered by anti-pollution and development provisions of the Clean Water Act.


Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.


Exxon Shareholders to Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | Comments

That is one of several environmental and company-governance resolutions on the agenda at the oil giant's annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas.


China Fines Chemical Company $12M For Polluting, Jails Staff

May 27, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer $12 million and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors.


ADM Moving Away From Ethanol, High Fructose Corn Syrup

May 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland is shifting toward new uses for corn in light of lagging demand for two of its most prominent products.


Chemical Group Lauds Vote on R&D Tax Credit

May 27, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

“By nature, specialty chemical manufacturing is innovative, and many SOCMA members rely on the R&D tax credit to help them remain competitive in the global marketplace," said William Allmond, the group's senior lobbyist.


Chemical Engineer Offers Hope of Reducing Nuclear Waste

May 27, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Scientists could be edging closer to a world with greatly reduced and less volatile waste from nuclear power plants, according to a chemical engineer from the University of California-Irvine.


Federal Data: As Oil Production Soars, So Do Pipeline Leaks

May 26, 2015 5:22 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | Comments

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent.


Neil Young Protests GMOs With Anti-Monsanto Album

May 26, 2015 5:19 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

While he may still be "searching for a heart of gold," Neil Young's latest move is to release an entire rock album dedicated to slamming Monsanto.


Woman Hanging on Shell Ship Since Friday Ends Drill Protest

May 26, 2015 5:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning.


Nigeria Paying $800 Million to Oil Suppliers to End Crisis

May 26, 2015 5:11 pm | by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press | Comments

Nigeria — Africa's biggest oil producer— generates more than 2 million barrels of petroleum a day but imports the refined product because its refineries are not maintained.


French Bill Seeks to Boost Renewable Energy, Cut Nuclear Use

May 26, 2015 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.

Second Stepbrother Sentenced For Drilling Company Arson

May 26, 2015 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The owner closed the business after it suffered $1 million damage.



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