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US, Canada Unveil Rules to Boost Oil Train Safety

May 1, 2015 4:37 pm | by JOAN LOWY and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules.

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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 4:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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Fee Proposed on Rail Cars That Haul Oil, Other Flammables

May 1, 2015 9:29 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

The fee would start at $175 and increase to $1,400 per car by 2018. It would raise an estimated $600 million to train first responders, clean up spills and relocate rail tracks around populated areas.

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Flakka, Synthetic Drug Behind Increasingly Bizarre Crimes

May 1, 2015 9:24 am | by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer | Comments

It is the latest in a series of synthetic drugs that include Ecstasy and bath salts, but officials say flakka is even easier to obtain in small quantities through the mail.

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House Panel Targets 'Glaring Management Failures' at EPA

May 1, 2015 9:21 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

"We've seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at the EPA," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "It is well past time for someone to be held accountable for these management failings."

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BASF Reports Lower Profits, Higher Sales

May 1, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

BASF said it hopes to increase sales for the whole of 2015, but added that it expects earnings to match 2014 levels.

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UN Officials Call to Eliminate Lead Paint by 2020

May 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | Comments

UNEP officials said the paint remains permitted in numerous countries and still represents about 10 percent of total lead use.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

May 1, 2015 9:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

North Dakota's fracking industry, in particular, helped make the state "an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work" according to the report.

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Groups Ask For Federal Review of Ohio Injection-Well Program

April 30, 2015 11:00 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

Injection wells pump wastewater from oil and gas drilling deep inside the earth. Some such wells in Ohio have been linked to earthquakes.

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FDA Seeks More Data on Safety of Hospital Hand Cleaners

April 30, 2015 10:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to submit additional data about medical hand washes and sanitizers, including the long-term effects of their daily use on the skin.

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Shell Profits Beat Expectations Despite Low Oil Prices

April 30, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It said its first-quarter profit rose 7 percent, thanks to a good performance in the refining division as well as to the fact that year-earlier figures were weighed down by one-time charges.

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Toxic Waste Defiles Defunct Chemical Plant in Hungary

April 30, 2015 10:08 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | Comments

Greenpeace says leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemical company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. 

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Chemical Leak at New Jersey Medical Firm Sickens at Least 10

April 30, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The refrigerant leak happened Wednesday at Home Solutions Infusion Therapy in Hammonton.

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Dow Chemical Selling AgroFresh Business For $860 Million

April 30, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Midland, Michigan-based company had announced in October that it was planning to sell AgroFresh, which offers products and services geared toward keeping produce fresh.

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BP to Sell Stake in North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The sale is expected to take place before the end of the year as part of BP's plans to trim $10 billion in assets amid plummeting gas prices.

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