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Flame Retardant Breakthrough is Naturally Derived And Nontoxic

October 6, 2015 9:08 am | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans.


Parts Sold From Biofuel Plant That Owes Mississippi $79M

October 6, 2015 8:58 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Comments

Equipment from the failed KiOR biofuel plant in Columbus is being sold, but Mississippi taxpayers are likely to recover little of the $79 million that the state is seeking.


Flipping Molecular Attachments Amps up Activity of CO2 Catalyst

October 6, 2015 8:54 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

New understanding may help scientists design more effective catalysts for transforming CO2 to useful products.


Runaway NY Oil Tanker Tips, Spills 100 Gallons

October 6, 2015 8:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A fire official says a runaway oil tanker truck has crashed into the side of an apartment building, tipped on its side and spilled 100 gallons of oil in suburban New York.


DuPont CEO Kullman Steps Down, Company Lowers Guidance

October 6, 2015 8:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | Comments

The DuPont Co. on Monday announced that CEO and Chairwoman Ellen Kullman, who earlier this year fought off a bruising challenge from a major activist investor, will retire at the end of next week.


New Polymer Creates Safer Fuels

October 5, 2015 8:56 am | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an explosion upon impact.


AP Analysis: Dozens of Deaths Likely From VW Pollution Dodge

October 5, 2015 8:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.


Texas Chemical Plant Explosion Injures Four

October 2, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company said that it's investigating the accident but is primarily focused on the safety of its employees. 


SolarCity Unveils Industry's Most Efficient Solar Panel

October 2, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

More than a year after Elon Musk's solar energy company bolstered its efforts to get into manufacturing, SolarCity on Friday announced the development of the industry's most efficient solar panel.

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions in place and adequate training, severe injuries or death can occur. OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication standard to adopt the Globally Harmoni

Poll: Chemical Companies Largely Unprepared For Labeling Standards

October 2, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Of the businesses polled, only 45 percent indicated that they were able to meet this summer’s deadline to comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification.


Leader of Oil-Rich Alberta Seeks to Diversify Province’s Energy, Economy

October 2, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The leader of Canada's most oil-rich province later this year plans to unveil an energy policy focused heavily on renewable sources.


EPA Sets New Ozone Standard, Disappointing All Sides

October 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.


Shell, Total Get First Foreign Gas Stations in Iran

October 2, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Iran's state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France's Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran.


Court Upholds $236M Verdict in Exxon Mobil Pollution Case

October 2, 2015 2:45 pm | by KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press | Comments

New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.


Feds: Proposed Pipeline Rules Could Have Prevented Accidents

October 2, 2015 8:53 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said.



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