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Crude Oil Tumbles 8 Pct, Points to Low Gas Prices This Fall

July 7, 2015 | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

A slew of global economic and geopolitical factors are working to pummel the price of oil and set up U.S. drivers for very low gasoline prices later this year.

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Reactor in Japan Being Loaded With Nuke Fuel Before Restart

July 7, 2015 10:09 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | Comments

A Japanese utility on Tuesday began loading fuel into a nuclear reactor where operations are scheduled to resume next month in the country's first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.


Regulators Discuss Kemper Refunds For Miss. Power Customers

July 7, 2015 10:06 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Comments

Mississippi regulators plan to discuss at a Tuesday meeting how to obey a state Supreme Court order to refund about $350 million that Mississippi Power Co. has collected from customers to build a power plant in Kemper County.


1 Dead, 2 Taken to Hospital After Ammonia Leak in Ontario Food Company

July 7, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Fort Erie Fire Department said Monday that it was called to Rich Products around noon to investigate reports of an ammonia odor.


Ingredient Company Highlights Hidden Costs of Trans Fat Ban

July 7, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A food ingredient supplier touted its range of trans fat alternatives after the federal regulators issued new restrictions last month. But a top official with Corbion said the transition could prove costly for the food industry as a whole.


Burt From Burt's Bees Just Died — Here's How he Made His Mark on The Personal Care Industry

July 6, 2015 5:25 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

Burt’s Bees continues to live up to all the buzz about its beeswax-centered products and is now a household name throughout the country.


EPA Orders New Restrictions on Insecticide

July 6, 2015 5:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, propoxur would be restricted in hospitals, food-handling establishments and other facilities where children may be present.


Chemists Develop New, Cheaper Process to Make Bioplastic

July 6, 2015 5:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"We have applied a petrochemical concept to biomass," said researcher Michiel Dusselier.


Shell Authorizes Largest-Ever Gulf Drilling Platform

July 6, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell last week officially authorized construction of what will become its largest floating drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico.


On Gas, Nuclear, Hydro, Vermont Ducks Energy Problems

July 6, 2015 9:54 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was "in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources." But the state is likely on the verge of a big increase in the use of fracked gas from Canada.


ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 6, 2015 9:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month.


Utility Drones Could Inspect Equipment, Scan For Outages

July 6, 2015 9:38 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers.


After French Attack Experts Call For Better Chemical Plant Safety

July 2, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Last Friday, a delivery driver beheaded his boss and set off an explosion at the Lyon plant owned by Air Products of Pennsylvania — an incident that some experts are saying should be a wake-up call to the entire chemicals industry.  


Germany Phasing Out Some Worst-Polluting Coal Plants by 2020

July 2, 2015 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The German government is scrapping plans for a levy on the most-polluting coal-fired power stations and will instead phase some of the plants out.


Ameren Utility Looks to Build Eastern Missouri Solar Plant

July 2, 2015 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ameren Missouri is asking Missouri regulators for permission to build a solar plant in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County.


Arizona Copper Mine Stirs Debate Pitting Profits vs Religion

July 2, 2015 4:48 pm | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press | Comments

Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.



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