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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 5:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

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Study: 'All-Natural' Preservative Includes Synthetic Ingredients

April 16, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alberta and Saginaw Valley State University tested a preservative based on kimchi, a traditional Korean combination of fermented cabbage and radish.

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Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from the state's Department of Environmental Quality collected water samples from 177 rivers, streams and estuaries, then tested for the presence of more than 500 chemicals ranging from industrial compounds and pesticides to banned substances and consumer products.  

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Arizona Puts an End to Local Bans on Plastic Bags

April 16, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The bill also bans local governments from requiring businesses to disclose their energy consumption.

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TSU Professor Gets $500K USDA Grant

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The research will aim to enhance the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall goal of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain.

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Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

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Consumers Buying More Organic Products, Despite High Prices

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

Organic foods generally are grown with fewer chemicals and artificial ingredients and are produced according to a strict set of government standards.

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Oil Surge Sends Energy Stocks Higher, Leading a Broad Gain

April 16, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil soared to the highest level this year Wednesday after the government reported that oil stockpiles increased at a much slower rate than the market was expecting.

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Dirty Deeds: $500 Reward Issued in Maine Diaper Dumper Case

April 16, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In addition to the waste, the diapers contain chemicals that could be harmful to fish and wildlife.

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Ex-Millstone Contractor Asks US to Protect Whistleblowers

April 16, 2015 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A contractor who said he was fired from Millstone Power Station after he reported a co-worker abusing narcotics in 2011 has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect whistleblowers at the nuclear plant.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Continue to Spar Over Weed Killer

April 15, 2015 4:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Officials long considered glyphosate to be safer than most other pesticide options, and the recent WHO classification places the chemical in the same category of concern as working overnight shifts or at a hair salon.

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Regulators Increase Distance Needed Between Homes, Drilling

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

The Petroleum Association of Wyoming supported 500 feet as an acceptable distance, even though the increase could limit options for locating wells.

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Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 15, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Crude storage tanks include compounds such as propane, butane or benzene. In addition to posing risks for explosions or fires, those hydrocarbons can also cause long-term health problems such as cancer, blood disorders or respiratory and nervous system damage.

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House OKs Bill to Increase Tax on Oil Shipped Through State

April 15, 2015 9:38 am | by DERRICK NUNNALLY, Associated Press | Comments

The state House on Tuesday passed its version of a bill to impose new safety regulations on the increasing amount of oil that is shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline.

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