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EU Nations Get Power to Ban Genetically-Modified Crops

March 2, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.

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'60 Minutes' Exposes Toxic Chemical in Lumber Liquidators' Flooring; Company's Stocks Take a Hit

March 2, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

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2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the tracks.

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Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

March 1, 2015 10:52 pm | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

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South Korea Renews License of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Comments

The Advocate reports the group represents more than 57 petrochemical, energy, paper, pharmaceutical, pipeline, storage terminal and other industrial facilities in the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge.

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Vermont Yankee Official Expects Enough Money to Clean Site

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | Comments

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

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President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety in Oregon Television Interview

February 27, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

A small startup biotech firm says it has a software platform that can come up with 100 times more chemicals from microbes than were previously thought.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 26, 2015 5:18 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food

February 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

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Nebraska Judge Agrees to Halt Condemnations For Keystone XL

February 26, 2015 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid On Factory

February 26, 2015 3:51 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Purina Claims Food Sickens, Kills Dogs

February 26, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The suit alleges the food contains propylene glycol, which it says is an animal toxin used in automobile antifreeze, and mycotoxins, a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

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North Dakota Coal Production Increases 4 Percent in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry.

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