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Kansas Chemical Company Under Investigation

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, unsealed search warrants show.              

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million.                                             

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An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

90 Laid Off In Pennsylvania Processing Plant Sale

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ninety employees of a northeastern Pennsylvania plant will be laid off as part of a deal expected to become final in the first half of next year.                                      

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Saving Lives By Lowering Emissions

September 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states — and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving.

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Extent Of Jet Fuel Leak Contamination Still Unknown

September 3, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Air Force still hasn't determined the extent of contamination from a fuel leak discovered 15 years ago at a New Mexico base, and it wants some reports it compiled on the leak tossed, according to a letter from a base commander to stage regulators. 

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PG&E To Appeal Blast Penalty

September 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people.                      

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BLM Wants Anti-Fracking Suit Dismissed

September 3, 2014 4:21 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

Lawyers for a rural Nevada group are asking a federal judge to block the issuance of oil and gas leases it says will be used for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, they say will harm the environment.            

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Factory Orders Up By Record Percentage

September 3, 2014 4:12 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

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Think Workplace Injuries Aren't Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 11:43 am | by UL Workplace Health & Safety | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days.                      

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Approves FutureGen CO2 Storage Plan

September 3, 2014 10:15 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to store carbon dioxide underground, a key step in the longstanding plan to build the project.                      

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Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                        

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Questions Arise Over State's Share Of PG&E Blast Payout

September 3, 2014 10:10 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

By far the largest share of a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people will go directly to the state with no strings attached.                 

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Portland Reaches Propane Terminal Deal

September 3, 2014 10:07 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | Comments

The Port of Portland said it has reached an agreement with a company that wants to build a terminal to temporarily house propane imported by rail from Canada then exported by ship to Asia.                               

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Search Called Off For Missing Miners

September 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nicaragua's government said it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.                         

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5 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Oil Train

September 3, 2014 10:02 am | by DOUG ESSER, Associated Press | Comments

Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

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