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Senate Panel Advances Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation

April 28, 2015 | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday, moving it closer to a vote in the full Senate.

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Scientists Engineer Natural Replacement For Pesticides

April 28, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

British researchers say they've developed an easier method to recreate scents that naturally repel insects and other pests.


Colombia's Health Ministry Seeks to Halt Coca Spraying

April 28, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The ministry on Monday based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm.


Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

April 28, 2015 9:48 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

The charges specify that the company and the two men willfully violated rules that require implementing a safety plan, rules for workers entering confined spaces, and a procedure to keep machinery or equipment turned off if someone's working on it.


1 Last Crop to be Planted at Fertilizer Factory Site

April 28, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A spokesman for fertilizer-maker Cronus Chemicals says that by next spring farming activity on the 240 acres will be replaced by equipment used to begin construction of the plant.


The Millennial Challenge

April 27, 2015 4:51 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The generational divide is the biggest diversity issue facing the workforce — even bigger than sex or race, says Christine Hassler.


One Dead, Three Injured Amid Georgia Refinery Leak

April 27, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Reports indicated a refinery worker at Asphalt Refining and Technology Company in Douglasville went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon


Construction Begins on Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

April 27, 2015 4:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Welders at the Quonset company are currently working on the foundations for five wind turbines that will eventually comprise a wind farm near Block Island, located roughly 15 miles off the Rhode Island's southern coast.


Peltz Gets Key Backer in Fight For Influence at DuPont

April 27, 2015 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Peltz's Trian Fund Management is pushing the chemicals maker to split into two companies and it has nominated four directors for company the board.


Food Industry Tries To Block Vermont's GMO Labeling Laws

April 27, 2015 4:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them.


Company Behind Keystone XL Seeks U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

April 27, 2015 4:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

TransCanada officially asked the State Department to sign off on its Upland Pipeline Project, a $600 million pipe running north from North Dakota to Saskatchewan.


Norwich 1st Vermont Community to be 100 Percent Solar

April 27, 2015 9:52 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | Comments

The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings.


Oil Spill Threatens Spain's Canary Islands

April 27, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Greenpeace has called on Spain's government to dedicate more resources to cleaning up an oil spill rising up from a sunken fishing trawler off the Canary Islands after spotting a five-kilometer (3-mile) slick.


Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

April 24, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production will continue its recent growth — provided companies can avoid potential "potholes."


Smithsonian Series Chronicles Lives of Oil Patch Residents

April 24, 2015 4:34 pm | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | Comments

A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel.


Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes From Energy Meeting

April 24, 2015 4:30 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. Here are five major themes from this year's conference.



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