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4 Injured In Oil Well Explosion

September 24, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Police say four people have sustained severe burns in an explosion at an oil well in northwestern Germany.                                      

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Energy Will Close SC Coal Ash Pits

September 24, 2014 10:18 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River.                                   

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Researchers Develop Self-Sustaining Wastewater Treatment System

September 23, 2014 10:46 am | by Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, Washington State University | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas.                                   

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Search For Better Biofuel Microbes Leads To The Human Gut

September 23, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report.

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Stocks Drop As China & Oil Weigh On Markets

September 23, 2014 10:31 am | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer | Comments

Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday.                               

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P&G Sells Pet Care Business To Spectrum

September 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Procter & Gamble Co. is selling its Iams and Eukanuba brands in Europe to Spectrum Brands, shedding the remaining parts of its pet care business.                                     

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Setting A New Course On Climate Change

September 23, 2014 10:22 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press | Comments

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is challenging more than 100 world leaders at a climate summit to set a new course for a warming world and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases.                                       

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Michigan Attorney General Sues Over Propane Costs

September 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Michigan attorney general announced Monday he has filed a lawsuit against a propane seller alleging price-gouging last winter, and also noted the state has reached a more than $100,000 agreement with another propane company following hundreds of consumer complaints about pricing and delivery.

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Mexico Warns Arizona About River Spill

September 23, 2014 10:17 am | by ASTRID GALVAN, BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.                            

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Residual Fracking Water Not A Risk To Groundwater

September 22, 2014 12:15 pm | by Penn State | Comments

Hydraulic fracturing raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.

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Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and thermoforming equipment) improved smartly in the third quarter of 2013. According to statistics compiled and reported by the Com

Another Strong Gain For Plastics Machinery Shipments

September 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by SPI: The Plastic's Industry Trade Association | Comments

The accelerating momentum in plastics machinery demand that emerged in the second half of 2013 was sustained through the first half of this year, according to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

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BASF, Cargill & Novozymes Achieve Another Milestone In Bio-Based Acrylic Acid

September 22, 2014 12:03 pm | by BASF | Comments

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials.                           

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Accelerated During August

September 22, 2014 11:58 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) continued to expand, rising by 0.5 percent in August on the heels of a 0.4 percent gain in July.                       

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Deal Inked For North Slope LNG Project

September 22, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The effort to truck North Slope natural gas to the Fairbanks area for home heating and electricity generation is closer to fruition.                                                     

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New Mine Safety Facility To Stay In Ohio

September 22, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The state's Department of Natural Resources says a new mine safety training center will remain in eastern Ohio near the site of the existing center.                                

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