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Chemical Industry’s Evolution of Safety Improvements

April 24, 2015 4:47 pm | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

Through all of the vehicle damage, tire slashing, death threats, fist-fights, union grievances and more, my boss never wavered on the whatever-it-takes commitment to becoming a safe operation, and it worked.

Louisiana Chemical Industry Expects Continued Growth

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

The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production...

Smithsonian Series Chronicles Lives of Oil Patch Residents

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

A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North...

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

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

In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston,...

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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

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

DuPont Hopes Acquisition Will Bolster Crop Products

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

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

NY Mill Scraps Pipeline, Gets Gas by Truck

April 23, 2015 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | 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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Home Depot to Eliminate Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring

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

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

IDBS And ChemAxon Partnership Harnesses Leading Biology And Chemistry Expertise

April 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Metia | News | Comments

The strategic technology deal strengthens IDBS’ single R&D data management platform.

Regulators Inch Closer to Final Decision on Coal Power Plant

April 23, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest rests in the hands of state regulators.

Companies to Re-Evaluate Proposed Cracker Plant in W.Va.

April 22, 2015 4:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian petrochemical company Odebrecht and plastics maker Braskem say they will re-evaluate an ethane cracker they proposed to build in West Virginia.

EU Charges Russia's Gazprom Gas Giant With Market Abuse

April 22, 2015 4:54 pm | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations ranging from Estonia to Bulgaria, where it sometimes almost fully controls the gas market, by setting unfair pricing and contract restrictions.

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BASF Opens Largest Indian Construction Chemicals Plant

April 22, 2015 4:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's largest chemical producer said in a statement that the Nellore facility will help meet growing construction demand in India, particularly for customers in the southern part of the country.

3 Trends Driving Growth in The Interconnected Auto And Chemicals Markets

April 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The auto industry is taking off and the chemicals sector is hitching a ride.

DuPont Reports Decline in First-Quarter Earnings

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. says the strong dollar and challenges in the agriculture and performance chemicals industries contributed to lower sales and earnings in the first quarter.

German Plastics Company Establishing First US Plant

April 20, 2015 4:59 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., an automotive supplier and subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is investing $11.1 million to open its first U.S. facility in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Halliburton Reports 1Q Loss on Costs Tied to Oil Price Slump

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steep drop in oil prices since last spring has forced almost every energy producer to cut expenses and scale back production.

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Utah's Oldest Coal-Fired Power Plant Shut Down

April 20, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rocky Mountain Power shut down its 60-year-old Carbon Power Plant near Helper on Wednesday, a day before stricter federal mercury-pollution rules took effect.

TVA Completes Purchase of Mississippi Natural Gas Plant

April 17, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi.

Apple Invests in China Solar Project, US Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 5:26 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

Consumers Buying More Organic Products, Despite High Prices

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic foods generally are grown with fewer chemicals and artificial ingredients and are produced according to a strict set of government standards.

The State Of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 11:22 am | by Industrial Maintenance And Plant Operations | News | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

US Retail Sales Heat up in March; Has Big Thaw Arrived?

April 14, 2015 11:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans increased their spending on autos, furniture, clothing and building materials in March, lifting retail sales for the first time in four months.

Brazil: Mass Protests Over Oil Giant Petrobras

April 13, 2015 5:31 pm | by BBC News | Videos | Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking part in anti-government demonstrations in Brazil, sparked by anger over a massive corruption scandal at the state-run oil giant Petrobras.

2nd Major Gas Pipeline Would Link Pennsylvania, Northeast

April 13, 2015 11:28 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

China Tries Former State Oil Boss on Corruption Charges

April 13, 2015 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official who led China's biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies went on trial Monday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

Brazilian Chemical Company to Establish First Foreign Plant in US

April 8, 2015 5:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Inbra, which specializes in plastic and rubber additives, will spend $7.7 million to establish the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 5:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The analysis projects that technological advances and continued exploration and development of oil and gas reserves will generate an average annual growth rate of 6 percent in oilfield chemicals.

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