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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Supporters said modified plants are safe and have the potential to feed a growing population; opponents questioned their potential impact on both the environment and on public health.

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Pics of The Day: Would You Eat This?

April 15, 2015 5:10 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Creepy crawlies are a growing craze in the food industry. Because of its eco-friendly edge, the burgeoning industry is attracting food enthusiasts and innovators alike, who are leveraging bugs to create sustainable solutions in agriculture.

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Environmentalists Kick up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 15, 2015 3:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking uses lots of water. Ergo, fracking must be making the drought worse. Right? Not necessarily, many are saying.

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Texas Residents Worried Dioxin Could be Causing Cancer Cluster

April 14, 2015 9:49 am | by SUSAN CARROLL, Houston Chronicle | Comments

A cancer cluster investigation had found elevations of childhood eye and brain stem cancer of a "sufficient magnitude to warrant further investigation," a lead epidemiologist wrote.

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Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 8, 2015 9:39 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

After decades of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.

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Is Fracking Responsible For Earthquakes In Oklahoma?

April 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

As the earthquakes in Oklahoma increase, the debate over the link between seismic activity and fracking rages on.

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BASF Just Turned 150

April 7, 2015 5:20 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Here’s a quick look at the chemical giant’s history, from game-changing innovations and alleged war crimes, to rapid expansion and tackling the chemical challenges of the future.  

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Possible New Laws Considered Nearly 2 Years After West Blast

April 2, 2015 10:48 am | by J.B. SMITH, Waco Tribune-Herald | Comments

Nearly two years after a fire set off a deadly ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., Texas businesses selling the chemical aren't subject to any new laws, and only a handful store it in fireproof buildings as experts recommend, state officials said.

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Do The Math: Fracking, by The Numbers

March 31, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Know how many chemicals are used to fracking? Or how many wells are in the U.S.? Here’s a look at fracking, by the numbers.  

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Mining For Tourists? A Dubious Economic Savior in Appalachia

March 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by JONATHAN DREW and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press | Comments

Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal — its very name is an acronym for South East Coal Company. But as mining wanes, officials across the region are looking for something to replace traditional jobs and revenues.

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Is Wyoming Ready For Another Bust?

March 28, 2015 3:37 pm | by BENJAMIN STORROW, Casper Star-Tribune | Comments

Almost three decades after a dramatic drop in crude prices brought the state to its knees, is Wyoming better prepared to navigate another oil industry bust?

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Analysts at New York-based Persistence Market Research predicted the market value of hydrogen would increase by more than 46 percent from $96.6 billion in 2014 to $141.4 billion in 2020. The overall market, meanwhile, is expected to rise from 255.3 billion cubic meters in 2014 to 324.8 billion cubic meters in 2020.

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Views Mixed on U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

For some, the news triggered speculation that declining storage space in the U.S. - at a time when the market already has too much oil - could further erode crude prices. Others believe the nation's oil capacity is already at or near its peak with millions of gallons of potential space to spare.

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How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This latest drug shortage may not mean that manufacturers have the final say in the matter, but their actions are clearly helping to steer the conversation.

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Worker Safety Still Plagues US Oil Refineries

March 23, 2015 5:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

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You Can go Home: Returnees to ND Oil Boom Town Here to Stay

March 23, 2015 10:43 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Comments

The discovery of crude oil here has been a powerful population magnet, not just bringing hordes of outsiders to the Bakken but luring back others who've discovered that, yes, they can go home again.

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