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DuPont to Pay $724K After Explosion That Killed Worker

October 2, 2015 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

DuPont has agreed to pay $724,000 to settle Clean Air Act violations that contributed to a 2010 explosion that killed a contractor and burned another at its western New York plant.


Improved Fuel Structure Reduces Explosive Qualities

October 1, 2015 3:40 pm | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | Comments

The dangers of explosive fuel could soon be reduced with the development of a new material that is comprised of extremely long polymer chains that can reduce fuel misting and consequential explosiveness.


Feds Want Tougher Rules For Oil Pipelines

October 1, 2015 3:21 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. officials said Thursday they want tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included the costliest onshore oil spill in the nation's history in Michigan.


The Key to Cleaning Waterways Could be...More Plastics?

October 1, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

One California chemist believes that certain microbeads could actually be helpful to water supplies.


International OB-GYN Group Urges Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure

October 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by University of California - San Francisco | Comments

"We are drowning our world in untested and unsafe chemicals, and the price we are paying in terms of our reproductive health is of serious concern," said Gian Carlo Di Renzo, MD, PhD.


$400M Oil Blending Facility Planned in St. Landry Parish

October 1, 2015 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hazelwood Energy Hub plans to build a $400 million facility in St. Landry Parish that can store and blend 10 types of crude oil for its customers, a development that will create 123 jobs.


Spain's Repsol Energy Firm Plans 1,500 Job Cuts Over 3 Years

October 1, 2015 2:31 pm | Comments

Spanish energy company Repsol plans to eliminate 6 percent of its workforce by 2020, meaning about 1,500 job cuts for the company's roster of 25,000 employees.


Liquefied Gas Port, Pipeline Get Environmental OK in Oregon

October 1, 2015 2:28 pm | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline and port facilities for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon coast.


Vroom: Famed Collection of Gas Signs, Pumps to be Auctioned

October 1, 2015 2:24 pm | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | Comments

Collectors are flying in from around the United States and as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.


Lawsuits Against Monsanto Allege Link Between Roundup And Cancer

October 1, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Monsanto faces separate lawsuits from individuals in New York and California who blame the company's Roundup herbicide for causing their cancers.


Feds Reach Nearly $2B Legal Settlement With Fertilizer Maker

October 1, 2015 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

One of the world's largest fertilizer makers is settling a massive hazardous waste lawsuit for nearly $2 billion to help clean up pollution and upgrade leaky facilities in Florida and Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.


Jury Awards $1.9M to California Woman Burned by E-Cigarette

October 1, 2015 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A California woman burned by an exploding electronic cigarette has won a jury verdict of nearly $2 million from the distributor, wholesaler and seller of the product.


Exxon Mobil to Sell Troubled Southern California Refinery

October 1, 2015 8:53 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling its troubled Southern California refinery for $537 million to a New Jersey energy company more than six months after an explosion crippled the plant and led to higher gas prices in the Golden State.


Mushrooms Help Establish Environmentally Friendly Batteries

October 1, 2015 8:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Portobello mushrooms can be delicious, but they could also be key to meeting rising global demand for rechargeable batteries.


Industry Group: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Safe at Low Levels

October 1, 2015 8:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

An international chemical industry group this week argued that chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system are safe at low levels and that changes to current testing "are not warranted."



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