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Eastman Chemical Buys Taminco For $1.73B

September 11, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Eastman Chemical said in a statement that the acquisition will strengthen Eastman Chemical's presence in markets such as food, feed and agriculture. It also provides opportunities to speed up growth in the personal care, coatings and oil and gas.

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Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Alcoa Lands $1B Boeing Contract

September 11, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Thursday that it won a multi-year contract worth more than $1 billion to supply aluminum products to aircraft maker Boeing Co.                                       

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Diesel Refinery Plans $406M Upgrade

September 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The CHS Inc. refinery in Laurel plans a $406 million upgrade to efficiently produce more diesel fuel to meet increased demand from agricultural users and oil activity in the Bakken.                        

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Big River Steel Gets Extension In Mill Suit

September 11, 2014 10:19 am | by JILL BLEED, Associated Press | Comments

A judge on Wednesday gave Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit filed by a rival company that hopes to stop the $1.3 billion project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.

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Senators Criticize Freight Railways For Increased Delays

September 11, 2014 10:14 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad companies are doing all they can to fix the problem.

Kern County Approves Mile-Long Oil Trains

September 11, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.                                      

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Montana Coal Railroad To Turn Over Documents

September 11, 2014 10:04 am | by MATHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Sponsors of a proposed railroad that would open Montana's huge coal reserves to new mining must turn over documents about the project's economics to a conservation group that's opposed to the line, according to a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

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LaSalle County Approves Sand-Processing Facility

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

LaSalle County officials cleared the way for expansion of a sand mine this week, voting to allow construction of a sand-processing and transportation facility.                                       

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Management Found At Fault In Miner's Death

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | Comments

Federal safety regulators blamed mine management in the death of a worker at Nevada gold mine this spring, saying managers didn't ensure his workplace was free of dangerous clutter and allowed him to work alone where other employees couldn't hear his cries for help.

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North Texas Drilling Adds $11.8B To Economy

September 11, 2014 9:46 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

Production from the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas has risen even as drilling activity and natural gas prices have fallen, according to a study commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce released Wednesday.

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Scientists: Ozone Layer Is Recovering

September 11, 2014 9:45 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

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Commission Approves $3.5M For Westar Energy

September 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A state commission has approved a plan to allow an extra $3.5 million for Westar Energy for upgrades to a coal plant.                                   

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WV Miners Warned About Layoffs

September 10, 2014 10:41 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs.                                    

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In North Carolina, Coal Ash Regulation Is About To Become Law

September 10, 2014 10:40 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he won't sign a new law regulating Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits because he has problems with it, but he will allow the legislation to become law without his signature.                      

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Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.          

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