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 recent study warns that plastic pollution in the oceans is increasingly posing a danger to marine life thousands of miles from its sources.
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4.26.2017
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An internal memo from Environmental Protection Agency officials late last month provided additional details into the depth of agency cuts planned by the Trump...
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4.25.2017
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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board this week said that an overheated pump likely led to a fatal explosion in Florida last summer — and that industrial gas...
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4.24.2017
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Pharmacy chain CVS this week announced plans to remove three chemical groups from hundreds of its store-brand products.
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4.21.2017
9:38am
Researchers from the nonprofit Southwest Research Institute recently detailed a method to neutralize hazardous materials without contaminating the surrounding...
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4.20.2017
9:22am
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The chemical trade between the U.K. and the rest of the EU is reportedly worth $42 billion annually.
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4.19.2017
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A BP and DuPont biofuels joint venture recently acquired a Kansas ethanol plant in an effort to produce a common petrochemical from renewable sources.
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4.18.2017
9:37am
Louisiana State University recently unveiled a new laboratory with help from the world's largest chemical company.
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4.17.2017
9:31am
The man who helped invent the modern lithium-ion battery nearly 40 years ago recently led a study, at age 94, that could render that technology obsolete.
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4.13.2017
10:21am
A researcher told a recent chemical industry conference that safer alternatives to conventional chemicals already exist — but that they need more support from...
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4.12.2017
10:30am
Investors are increasingly convinced that the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries are close to capitalizing on recent breakthroughs in biology.
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4.10.2017
3:49pm
Five top Baker Hughes executives will reportedly receive more than $100 million in combined payouts after the oilfield services giant merges with GE's oil...
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4.10.2017
9:52am
Tuesday marked Equal Pay Day in the U.S., the approximate date in each year to which women would have to work to match their male counterparts' wages from...
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4.7.2017
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The Environmental Protection Agency reportedly plans to give chemical manufacturers an additional 20 months to comply with new risk management requirements.
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4.6.2017
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The world's largest brewer recently announced the beginning of an eight-year transition to entirely renewable energy.
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4.4.2017
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Eight senators last week announced the formation of a new group to assess issues related to chemistry and the nation's chemical sector.
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4.3.2017
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A newly released study suggests that a common — and toxic — flame retardant chemical is produced naturally by bacteria that live in tropical-dwelling sponges.
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3.31.2017
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An Italian biochemical pioneer plans to partner with an Atlanta company to build its first U.S. refinery.
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3.30.2017
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A California utility is spending millions to discreetly clear up contaminated soil in an iconic San Francisco neighborhood.
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3.29.2017
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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
8:50am
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
9:03am
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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
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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
9:12am
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
3:25pm
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
3:15pm
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
9:26am
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
9:31am
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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