Andy Szal
Digital Reporter

Andy Szal writes about manufacturing, technology, energy, food, labor and regulatory issues for Advantage Business Media's manufacturing group. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wisconsin.

A prominent chemical industry group called for an increased emphasis on uniform regulations instead of multi-national trade agreements.
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3.24.2017
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New York Medical College reportedly plans to look into whether one of its faculty members signed his name to a published study written in large part by...
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3.23.2017
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The race is on to commercialize materials that could fundamentally alter the world's solar energy market in coming years.
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3.22.2017
11:12am
A provision in President Donald Trump's budget proposal could inadvertently lead to harsher international standards for chemical companies, a consultant...
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3.21.2017
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United Nations officials last week voted to bolster regulations of four chemicals contributing to the growing opioid crisis in the U.S. and elsewhere.
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3.20.2017
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A lawsuit filed against Monsanto over a controversial weed killer uncovered documents that showed a close relationship between a top Environmental Protection...
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3.17.2017
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A recent study indicated that a common artificial color could help bolster longevity.
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3.16.2017
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German chemists this week detailed a new system that could cleanse industrial exhaust of harmful pollutants and convert them into new products.
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3.16.2017
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An analysis presented to a United Nations panel last week reportedly contradicted claims that agricultural pesticides will be needed to feed a growing global...
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3.14.2017
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Dow Chemical's new ethane cracker near Houston is expected to begin operating in the middle of this year — months ahead of similar projects from rivals...
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3.13.2017
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President Donald Trump appears poised to rescind an Obama administration effort to curb carbon emissions from power plants.
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3.8.2017
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DuPont plans to largely abandon a $500 million plant in South Carolina after just six years.
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3.7.2017
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More than 700 species of bees in North America are at risk due to habitat loss, pesticide use and other factors, an environmental advocacy group said this week.
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3.6.2017
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A study released this week became the latest to warn about the possible risks of plasticizer chemicals that are increasingly used as alternatives to bisphenol...
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3.3.2017
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A recent report suggested that regulators and utilities should alter energy pricing to address renewable electricity — or risk squandering the dramatic growth...
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3.2.2017
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Qatar's state-owned oil and gas corporation plans to merge two chemical subsidiaries into a single company later this year.
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3.1.2017
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Two years after an explosion at a Los Angeles-area oil refinery injured four workers — and just days after a fire at the same facility — local fire officials...
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3.1.2017
9:25am
The Environmental Protection Agency would reportedly see its budget slashed under a preliminary budget proposal from the Trump administration.
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2.28.2017
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The chief executive of Dow Chemical — and the leader of a Trump administration manufacturing panel — said that prominent executives are encouraged by the...
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2.27.2017
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Four companies would pay nearly $15 million toward cleaning industrial pollution at a site near St. Louis under a proposed federal court settlement.
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2.24.2017
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Finland already ranks as one of the world's greenest countries, but a pair of the country's energy startups hope that trees and tires could help meet...
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2.24.2017
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A long-rumored merger between two Chinese chemical giants is fueling speculation about which influential, well-connected executive could be tapped to lead the...
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2.23.2017
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A whistleblower called the procedures a "travesty waiting to happen.”
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2.22.2017
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A recent report notes that a new OSHA rule limiting exposure to beryllium could be nixed without the arduous process of repealing federal regulations.
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2.13.2017
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Pesticide giant Syngenta might not be done wheeling and dealing even as it pursues a $43 billion merger with ChemChina.
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2.13.2017
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A Dutch newspaper investigation reportedly found that more than half of companies that handle hazardous materials in the Netherlands violated safety rules in...
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2.10.2017
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President Donald Trump's lengthy history as a developer could lead to an unusual level of scrutiny on workplace safety regulations, according to a new...
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2.9.2017
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A newly released report estimates that the U.S. solar energy was responsible for one in every 50 new jobs created in the country last year.
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2.9.2017
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Australian researchers this week called on government regulators to bolster oversight of herbal remedies due to concerns about potential health consequences...
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2.9.2017
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The often-tumultuous transition from the Obama White House to the Trump administration appears likely to spare the head of the agency responsible for...
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2.8.2017
9:26am
A problematic byproduct of the nation's appetite for Greek yogurt could soon be turned into renewable energy or entirely new food products.
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2.7.2017
9:19am
A recently released study suggests that currently available wastewater treatment technologies could dramatically reduce the impact of endocrine-disrupting...
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2.6.2017
9:30am
A recent study conducted by University of Southern California scientists found that elevated air pollution levels translated to an increased risk of cognitive...
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2.3.2017
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Health experts and safety advocates called on federal officials to warn the public about insulation laced with asbestos — even though it could be years before...
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2.2.2017
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As industry groups call on Congress to reject an EPA proposal regarding chemical plant risk management, Senate Democrats criticized President Donald Trump...
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2.1.2017
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Although federal authorities increased their oversight of overseas pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in recent years, an audit indicated that substantial...
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1.31.2017
9:36am
China reportedly hoped to alleviate its excess supply of corn in part by converting it into bio-based plastic products.
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1.30.2017
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The group alleged that the program, which evaluates substances' risks as carcinogens, is plagued by scientific deficiencies, a lack of transparency and...
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1.26.2017
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President Donald Trump told prominent U.S. manufacturers this week that his administration hopes to "cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more"...
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1.26.2017
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