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ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical regulations.

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US Rig Count Decreases 48 to 1,310

February 20, 2015 3:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices.

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Kansas Senate Bills Seek to Stall EPA's Regulations

February 20, 2015 3:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Kansas Senate committee is considering two bills that could delay or prevent enactment of federal clean air rules to regulate carbon emissions from power plants.

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TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

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Walker Plans to Pursue 2 Export-Capable Gaslines

February 20, 2015 9:43 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Bill Walker said he wants Alaska to pursue two natural gas pipeline projects, both of which would be capable of exporting liquefied natural gas.

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Blast Devastates Refinery, Sends Ash Raining Down on Area

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.

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Blast Hits Southern California Refinery

February 18, 2015 4:16 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

The facility — a structure several stories tall — was shattered. Crews poured water onto the structure afterward, and a fire spokesman said at midday the situation was controlled.

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Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

February 18, 2015 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

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European Companies Announce Development of 'Unbreakable' LCD

February 18, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

German chemical giant Merck and British electronics company FlexEnable have announced new technology they say will enable make LCD screens that are reportedly cheaper, 10 times thinner and more than 10 times lighter than conventional displays.

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Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

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Gas Explosion in Mexico Caused by Worn Bolts on Gas Truck

February 18, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mexican officials said Monday that two worn-out bolts on a gas tanker truck broke, causing a leak that resulted in a hospital explosion that killed five people last month.

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Warren Buffett's Firm Sells Exxon Mobil, Adds Deere Stake

February 18, 2015 9:36 am | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company unloaded its 41 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. and sold a smaller stake in ConocoPhillips as oil prices fell last fall.

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Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

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Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

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Plastics Companies Spar Over Chemical Composition

February 18, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Eastman Chemical Company and a Texas startup continue to spar over safety labeling in plastics despite a federal court ruling aimed at deciding the issue late last year.

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