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Peltz Gets Key Backer in Fight For Influence at DuPont

April 27, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Peltz's Trian Fund Management is pushing the chemicals maker to split into two companies and it has nominated four directors for company the board.

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Food Industry Tries To Block Vermont's GMO Labeling Laws

April 27, 2015 4:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them.

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Company Behind Keystone XL Seeks U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

April 27, 2015 4:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

TransCanada officially asked the State Department to sign off on its Upland Pipeline Project, a $600 million pipe running north from North Dakota to Saskatchewan.

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Norwich 1st Vermont Community to be 100 Percent Solar

April 27, 2015 9:52 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | Comments

The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings.

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Oil Spill Threatens Spain's Canary Islands

April 27, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Greenpeace has called on Spain's government to dedicate more resources to cleaning up an oil spill rising up from a sunken fishing trawler off the Canary Islands after spotting a five-kilometer (3-mile) slick.

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Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

April 24, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production will continue its recent growth — provided companies can avoid potential "potholes."

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Smithsonian Series Chronicles Lives of Oil Patch Residents

April 24, 2015 4:34 pm | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | Comments

A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel.

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Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes From Energy Meeting

April 24, 2015 4:30 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. Here are five major themes from this year's conference.

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ACC Knocks Proposed Changes to California Disclosure Law

April 24, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The American Chemistry Council sharply criticized modifications to California's Proposition 65 that would require companies to list 12 specific chemicals if included in their products, including lead, mercury and phthalates.

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Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers found that soy lecithin — which is included in a wide array of food products as a surfactant — disperses oil as well or better than two commonly used commercial substances.

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Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions About Cause

April 24, 2015 9:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can't grow at freezing temperatures.

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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 24, 2015 9:24 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press | Comments

The efforts aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance.

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DuPont Hopes Acquisition Will Bolster Crop Products

April 24, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

DuPont this week announced an agreement to buy a California biotech company that officials hope will advance the chemical giant's agribusiness offerings.  

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NY Mill Scraps Pipeline, Gets Gas by Truck

April 23, 2015 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company says it will use its "virtual pipeline" consisting of compressor stations on natural gas pipelines and a fleet of compressed natural gas trailers.

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Desert Shrub Could Become Alternative Rubber Source

April 23, 2015 4:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rubber companies are increasingly looking to a North American desert shrub as a potential alternative to rubber imported from Southeast Asia.  

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Home Depot to Eliminate Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring

April 23, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The world's largest home improvement chain is phasing out the use of potentially harmful chemicals in its vinyl flooring.

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