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BASF And Yara Announce New Ammonia Plant in Freeport

February 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The plant will tap into what some industry forecasters have predicted will be a burgeoning ammonia market in the coming years, with global capacity reaching nearly 250 million tons by 2018.

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Missouri Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 8:36 am | by SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment.

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Chevron Pulls Out of Shale Gas Exploration in Romania

February 23, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.

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Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail at 10 a Year

February 23, 2015 5:10 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the country.

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ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

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Study Says Prenatal Chemical Exposure Could Harm Infant Boys

February 23, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found exposure to even low levels of diethylhexyl phthalate — a prominent plastic softener — during the first trimester of pregnancy could result in disrupted genital development in boys.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

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Still Unclear What Caused Blast at California Refinery

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer | Comments

It's still unclear what caused an explosion at an oil refinery outside Los Angeles, and there's no timetable for when gas production will resume.

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Ohio Families Drop Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

February 23, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

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Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to restart another mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

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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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