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Scientists: Chemicals Used to Clean Oil Spills Poorly Understood

May 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The infamous Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 prompted the release of dispersants both at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and at unprecedented sea depths.

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Wyoming Refiners Not Seeing Much Benefit From Low Oil Prices

May 18, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Major firms like Exxon Mobile and BP have benefited from refining profits, but president of Wyoming Refinery Co. James Runyan says the company only broke even for the quarter.

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Chemical Leak in Northern China Kills 8, Injures 2

May 18, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The leak occurred Saturday morning at a plant belonging to the Ruixing chemical company.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal on Flame Retardant Ban

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Minnesota is one step closer to enacting the nation's strictest ban on fire retardant chemicals.

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US Industrial Output Falls For 5th Month on Lower Drilling

May 15, 2015 10:52 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The cutbacks by energy companies likely contributed to a drop in the production of industrial machinery, which fell 0.9 percent, its second straight decline. 

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EPA: Waste Incinerator Released Dangerous Toxins Into Air

May 15, 2015 10:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The incinerator exposed those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages and early death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Procter & Gamble to Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

May 15, 2015 10:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The announcement comes as the U.S. territory pushes to diversity its manufacturing sector amid an economic crisis that has seen several plants close in recent years.

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Philippine Factory Where 72 Died Suspected of Breaking Law

May 15, 2015 10:33 pm | by OLIVER TEVES, Associated Press writer | Comments

The fire was apparently ignited by sparks from welding work at the factory's main entrance door, triggering an explosion of the chemicals used to make slippers.

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1,450 Blue Bell Workers Losing Jobs After Listeria Problems

May 15, 2015 10:27 pm | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | Comments

The job loss represents 37 percent of the company's workforce.

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US Says Hidden Gulf Oil Spill Could Last 100 Years

May 15, 2015 10:23 pm | by ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | Comments

Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster of oil wells, has played down the extent and environmental impact of the leak.

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Wisconsin Company Recalls Chicken Over Disinfectant Concerns

May 15, 2015 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the disinfectant is not approved for use in poultry processing.

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Senate Advances Trade Authority Bill

May 15, 2015 9:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to move forward with legislation that would give the White House greater authority over new trade agreements.

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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation In Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The USGS analysis of 13 fracking wells in Pennsylvania's shale gas fields found surprising variation in the wells' levels of organic compounds and microbes.

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Shale Gas Fueling Jobs Increase in US Plastics Industry

May 14, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report from the American Chemistry Council argued that the increase in U.S. natural gas production due to fracking turned the market dramatically in favor of American producers even after considering the dramatic decline in oil prices in recent months.

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New York Releases Final Environmental Review of Fracking

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. officials deny any harm has been caused by the spraying and say there is more danger to people's health and the environment from the chemicals used to manufacture cocaine in clandestine labs.

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