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Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow by 50 Percent by 2021

May 22, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

TMR analysts expect awareness of chemicals used in conventional packaging to increase consumer demand for green materials, as will a desire among consumers to avoid additional landfill waste and pollution.

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State Investigates Spray Crew Exposure to Herbicide

May 22, 2015 9:51 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | Comments

Two state agencies are investigating aerial spraying operations on private timberlands in the southern Coast Range, where a member of the spraying crew says he had to regularly take shelter from herbicides sprayed from a helicopter.

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World's Biggest Atom Smasher Sets Energy Record

May 22, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, says it succeeded late Wednesday in smashing together protons at 13 trillion electronvolts.

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5 of The Most Dramatic Photos From California’s Oil Spill (So Far)

May 21, 2015 4:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Up to nine miles of coastline in Santa Barbara have been transformed.

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Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 4:15 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream pints.

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Report: Switching Trucks to Natural Gas Could Worsen Climate Change

May 21, 2015 3:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Despite its clean-burning reputation, a newly released study suggests that fueling transport trucks with natural gas could actually worsen their climate impact.

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Lumber Liquidators CEO Unexpectedly Resigns

May 21, 2015 11:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Lumber Liquidators on Thursday announced the departure of president and CEO Robert Lynch amid the ongoing scandal over the safety of its laminate flooring.

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ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

May 21, 2015 9:58 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | Comments

It's the latest in a series of recent prosecutions of manufacturers linked to food poisoning that has companies "taking notice in a big way," said Bill Marler, an attorney who has represented victims of food-borne illnesses for two decades, including more than 100 sickened in the Peter Pan outbreak.

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Study Unlocks Mystery Behind Microbial Methane Production, Corrosion

May 21, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Scientists at Stanford University say they've solved the mystery of how microbes generate methane, potentially paving the way for sustainable chemical production.

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Strike Continues At Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 21, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal.

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Report: Larger Turbines Could Enable Wind Energy in All 50 States

May 21, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report argues technological advancements that already greatly reduced the cost of wind power will soon substantially increase its production capacity.

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ExxonMobil Announces Substantial Oil Discovery

May 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

ExxonMobil officials on Wednesday officially announced the discovery of a substantial offshore oil reservoir near the coast of Guyana.

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Why Many Experts Missed This: Cheap Oil Can Hurt US Economy

May 21, 2015 9:22 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way.

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California Concerns Grow Over Oilfield Operations Near Water

May 20, 2015 10:55 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.

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Fuel Company Settles Claims Over Air Emissions in 3 States

May 20, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

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