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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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UMass Bans Iranians From Some Engineering, Science Programs

February 17, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The university will no longer admit students from Iran to some programs in engineering and natural sciences.

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W.Va. Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy at Crossroads

February 17, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A potential insurance settlement could pay for projects that benefit the affected residents, like additional water testing or health studies.

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Officials Announce Expansion of Ankeny Plastics Plant

February 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

According to a news release, the planned expansion reflects a $7 million project in 2010. But Hargen says the latest addition is meant to strengthen the facility to be "capable of withstanding an F-5 tornado."

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Judge: Oil, Gas Firms Not Liable For La. Coastal Erosion

February 16, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana's coastal wetlands.

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Proposal Tries to Help Wean Washington Off Coal-Fired Power

February 16, 2015 11:06 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal.

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Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 16, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.

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Ex-New Mexico Nuke Dump Workers to be Offered Free Screening

February 16, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A project out of a New York college is set to offer free medical-screening programs for former workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository.

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OSHA Cites Oklahoma Food Processor Over Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

February 13, 2015 1:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

During an October 2014 inspection of the plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, OSHA officials found Seaboard Foods failed to provide proper written procedures, safety practices, worker training and equipment testing for its pair of anhydrous ammonia refrigeration systems.  

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EPA Could List New Jersey River Among Nation's Most Contaminated

February 13, 2015 12:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The local nonprofit Hackensack Riverkeeper petitioned the EPA for the investigation, citing "a long list of toxic chemicals and heavy metals" contaminating river sediment along a 22-mile stretch from Oradell to Newark Bay.

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