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Train Derailment, Fire Prompts Evacuation in Tennessee

July 2, 2015 9:42 am | by STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Comments

A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands within a 2-mile radius.

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Report: Fracking is Helping Manufacturing Costs Drop Below China

July 2, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rising wages in China and increased industrial productivity in the U.S. contributed to that trend, but the report cited hydraulic fracturing as the primary reason for the shift in costs.

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DuPont Finishes Chemours Performance Chemicals Unit Spin Off

July 1, 2015 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

DuPont has completed a plan it announced in 2013 to spin off its performance chemicals unit into a separate business named The Chemours Co.

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Judge Orders Colorado Oilman to Pay $16.8M in Legal Fees

July 1, 2015 3:28 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge in Wyoming says a Colorado oilman must pay $16.8 million to reimburse energy companies for legal fees they incurred defending his unsuccessful lawsuits against them.

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Report Accuses Food Industry of Tobacco-Style Tactics

July 1, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report alleges that large food and agribusiness companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical and DuPont directed hundreds of millions of dollars toward public relations efforts from "funding fake science to paying experts to denounce public health findings."

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Federal Judge Rules Maui County Ban on GMO Crops Invalid

July 1, 2015 9:55 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

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Consumer Reports Finds Some Newer Cars Burn Too Much Oil

July 1, 2015 9:49 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month.

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New Pipeline Reclamation Program Handling 11 Complaints

July 1, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A program that aims to help North Dakota landowners and tenants resolve issues with companies over pipeline reclamation problems is handling nearly a dozen complaints.

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Report: OSHA Not Doing Enough to Protect Workers From Chemical Hazards

July 1, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that chemical exposure limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency are up to 1,000 times stronger than those set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Cisco Unveils New IoT System

June 30, 2015 4:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Cisco Systems this week unveiled a new framework designed to ease businesses' entry into the industrial Internet of Things.

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Judge Tosses Verdict Favoring DuPont In Whistleblower Case

June 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A federal judge last week tossed out a jury verdict favoring DuPont after she ruled that the chemical giant withheld information about safety problems at a Louisiana plant.

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Sustainable Manufacturing: A Q&A With Eastman Chemical's Mark Cox

June 30, 2015 3:05 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Why going green is good for your company's bottom line.

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Duke Energy CEO Getting Pay Raise Year After Coal Ash Spill

June 30, 2015 10:17 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.

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Coal Industry Scores a Win But Fate of Plants Still in Air

June 30, 2015 10:00 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

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AkzoNobel to Expand Texas R&D Facility

June 30, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The plant will include an area dedicated to paint experiments, a paint application lab and conditioning areas for test panels.

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