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Study: Common Flame Retardants Linked to Obesity, Liver Problems

February 25, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Ino | Comments

The research involved polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, which are synthetic flame retardants found in couches, carpet padding, electronics and other common household items.

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Rusted Can of Zyklon B Poison Gas Found in Germany

February 25, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Workers clearing a small garden in northern Germany got a shock when they unearthed a rusted can labeled "Zyklon B" — the deadly poison gas used by the Nazis in the death chambers of Auschwitz and other camps.

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"Oil Company Death List" Report Reveals 19 Energy Companies in Danger

February 25, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Obama to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline

February 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Fracking Regulation Debate Heats up Colorado

February 24, 2015 2:17 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Similar battles are playing out in other states, but it's especially intense in Colorado, which has abundant oil and gas, a deep-rooted belief in property rights and a strong environmental movement.

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BASF And Yara Announce New Ammonia Plant in Freeport

February 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The plant will tap into what some industry forecasters have predicted will be a burgeoning ammonia market in the coming years, with global capacity reaching nearly 250 million tons by 2018.

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Missouri Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 8:36 am | by SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment.

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Chevron Pulls Out of Shale Gas Exploration in Romania

February 23, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.

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Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail at 10 a Year

February 23, 2015 5:10 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the country.

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ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

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Study Says Prenatal Chemical Exposure Could Harm Infant Boys

February 23, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found exposure to even low levels of diethylhexyl phthalate — a prominent plastic softener — during the first trimester of pregnancy could result in disrupted genital development in boys.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

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Still Unclear What Caused Blast at California Refinery

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer | Comments

It's still unclear what caused an explosion at an oil refinery outside Los Angeles, and there's no timetable for when gas production will resume.

Ohio Families Drop Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

February 23, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

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Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to restart another mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

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