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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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