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Next-Generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples And Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

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Monsanto Donates $4M to Effort to Save Monarch Butterflies

April 1, 2015 9:24 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | Comments

Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.

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Albanian Authorities Evacuate Village After Oil Well Blast

April 1, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Albanian authorities are evacuating residents of a village following an explosion at a Canadian-owned oil well.

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Researchers Mine Metals From Sewage

March 31, 2015 3:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

In addition to including gold, silver or copper, the treated sewage can also contain palladium, vanadium and other metals used in the making of electronics.

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

March 31, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially increase the global hydrogen market in the near future.

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Freedom Industries, State Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

March 31, 2015 3:17 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | Comments

The agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit cleanup reports and work plans to the DEP.

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New York Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

March 31, 2015 3:12 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn't allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

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New Leadership to Take Over Embattled Chemical Safety Board

March 31, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

President Obama previously nominated Vanessa Sutherland, chief counsel for the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to succeed Moure-Eraso. That transition, however, will move up by three months following a slew of controversies under Moure-Eraso's watch.  

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Va. Board OKs $361,000 Fine Against CSX For 2014 Derailment

March 31, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CSX also agreed to complete restoration of the river bank in the area of the derailment and monitor the river for any long-term environmental impacts from the incident.

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Pharmacist Group Says Members Shouldn't Aid in Executions

March 31, 2015 10:41 am | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press | Comments

The policy adopted by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting Monday makes an ethical stand against providing such drugs, saying they run contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers.

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US to Pledge up to 28 Percent Emission Cut in Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The United States pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

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High Plains Coal-Bed Methane Reservoir Deal Headed to Vote

March 31, 2015 10:29 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

An agreement between Wyoming environmental regulators, a gas developer and a bond surety company would put the surety company in charge of inventory and reclamation of as many as 143 small reservoirs containing groundwater from coal-bed methane wells.

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NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

March 31, 2015 9:58 am | by COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | Comments

While officials caution that they aren't certain of the cause of last week's blast in New York's East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly consequences: untrained schemers rigging up pipes to save money by siphoning natural gas.

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Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

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Chemical Production Sees Best Increase Since '10

March 30, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Production increased in eight segments, including organic chemicals, consumer products and pharmaceuticals, but decreased in eight others that included synthetic fibers, plastic resins and adhesives.

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Regulators Plan to Drop Case at Closed California Nuke Plant

March 30, 2015 4:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The plant was shut down in January 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of virtually new generator tubes.

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