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EPA to Study Impact of Pesticides on Endangered Species

June 25, 2015 4:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Center for Biological Diversity said that under the terms of the settlement, the EPA will study the impact of glyphosate and atrazine — the most common pesticides in use in the U.S. — on some 1,500 endangered plants and animals by June of 2020.  

Get an Umbrella Before it Rains

June 25, 2015 4:37 pm | by Jon Wikstrom | Blogs | Comments

Why companies are preparing now for future environmental regulations.

Thermo Fisher Buying Research Chemicals Maker For $403M

June 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientific instruments maker Thermo Fisher will spend $403 million to acquire a Massachusetts research chemicals producer.

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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 12:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

With momentum appearing to wane at the state level, Vermont could be the only state impacted if proposed federal labeling legislation goes into law.

East Millinocket Buys Wastewater Plant For $1

June 25, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

East Millinocket has a new wastewater plant after spending a dollar to buy one that once belonged to a former paper mill.

Groups Call on Subway to Phase Out Antibiotics

June 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dozens of advocacy groups this week asked Subway restaurants to eliminate their use of meat from animals raised with routine use of antibiotics.

EPA to Hear Testimony From Hundreds on Renewable Fuels Plan

June 25, 2015 9:26 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal proposal to reduce the amount of renewable fuels required in gasoline would have a stifling impact on the ethanol industry and goes against the intentions of Congress when it set the standards eight years ago, opponents of the suggested changes said.

As The Use of Phthalates Wanes, Chemical Companies Race to Find Alternatives

June 24, 2015 4:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Increasing consumer wariness and regulatory attention regarding phthalates helped the market for alternative plasticizers explode in recent years.

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Packaging Company to Open New Plant in Delaware Next Month

June 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Irish manufacturer of paper and plastic bags will create 87 full-time jobs when it opens its first U.S. plant in Delaware.

Kraft Sued Over All-Natural Label For Capri Sun

June 24, 2015 11:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A northern California man earlier this month filed a class action lawsuit against Kraft Foods, which alleged that the company's Capri Sun juice contained artificial ingredients despite its label as "all-natural."

Monsanto CEO Vows To Continue Efforts To Lure Syngenta

June 24, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Monsanto's chief executive remains optimistic that the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant will eventually secure a merger with Swiss rival Syngenta despite the latter's repeated rejections of takeover bids.

About 1,000 People Protest Rumored Chemical Plant in China

June 24, 2015 10:05 am | by The Asssociated Press | News | Comments

The protest reflected growing public concern about the environmental impact of projects such as petrochemical plants, as well as the public's deep distrust of local governments.

House Approves Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation

June 24, 2015 9:41 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House vote, 398-1, moves the bill to the Senate, where a similar measure awaits a floor vote after winning approval from a Senate committee.

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Dow Weed Killer Classified as Possible Cancer Risk

June 23, 2015 4:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A global health agency added another popular herbicide to its list of potential carcinogens this week.

Jury Awards $435,000 to Family Over Chemical Found in Toy Beads

June 23, 2015 3:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The toys were designed for children to create crafts from beads using water, but tests showed that a chemical in the beads metabolized into gamma hydroxybutyrate — commonly known as the "date-rape" drug — when ingested.

Duke Energy Plans to Dig Up, Move Coal Ash From Most Pits

June 23, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the ash, which contains toxic heavy metals, would be moved to former open-pit clay mines in Chatham and Lee counties.

Judge to Consider Request to Suspend Federal Oil, Gas Rules

June 23, 2015 9:55 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers.

Senators Say Takata May Have Put Profits Over Safety

June 23, 2015 9:43 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Inflators in Takata air bags can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The problem has caused at least eight deaths and 105 injuries.

Niagara Recalls Bottled Spring Water on E. Coli Concern

June 23, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Niagara Bottling has recalled 14 brands of bottled spring water produced at two Pennsylvania manufacturing plants after the operator of one of its contracted springs failed to reveal evidence of E. coli bacteria at the spring source.

How an Actress Made $1B Tapping Into a Chemophobe Nation’s Fears

June 22, 2015 11:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Jessica Alba has built a booming business around modern, hand-wringing parents who worry about the prevalence of chemicals in everything, from toys to food.

Death Toll From Tainted Liquor in Mumbai Reaches 94

June 22, 2015 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor.

Shell Chemical Wins Air Permit For Proposed Ethane Plant

June 22, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant would convert ethane from Marcellus Shale natural gas into chemicals used to make plastics, tires and even antifreeze.

UCLA Chemists Pioneer Long-Term Solar Energy Storage

June 22, 2015 12:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles developed a plastic material capable of storing solar energy for weeks, which could lead to breakthroughs in solar panel technology.

Chemical Safety Board Still in Disarray

June 22, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The federal agency charged with investigating incidents at chemical plants continues to face turmoil nearly three months after its chairman resigned amid a slew of controversies.

Workers Clean up Oil Spill on California Beaches by Hand

June 22, 2015 10:08 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Because the region is home to threatened shorebirds and cultural resources, a decision was made early on to clean oil-stained beaches the old-fashioned way by using hand tools instead of heavy equipment or chemicals.

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