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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation In Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The USGS analysis of 13 fracking wells in Pennsylvania's shale gas fields found surprising variation in the wells' levels of organic compounds and microbes.

Shale Gas Fueling Jobs Increase in US Plastics Industry

May 14, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report from the American Chemistry Council argued that the increase in U.S. natural gas production due to fracking turned the market dramatically in favor of American producers even after considering the dramatic decline in oil prices in recent months.

Photos of The Day: Is Glyphosate Causing Physical Harm to Rural Colombians?

May 14, 2015 4:55 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

While officials in the U.S. continue to debate the safety of glyphosate, recent photos taken by the Associated Press show what rural Colombians say is hard evidence the herbicide is damaging for human health.

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Chemical Industry’s Hero & Villain of The Week

May 14, 2015 4:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This week's look at who's getting kudos and who's getting flak highlights researchers who revealed a way to turn common trash into health-food gold and Dow’s CEO, who drew fire in a damning new report.

Ride in The Hydrogen-Powered Car Tesla Hates

May 14, 2015 9:51 am | by Washington Post | Videos | Comments

Take a ride in the Toyota Mirai, the world's first mass-market, hydrogen-powered all-electric car named after the Japanese word for "future." Is this the car that will put an end to Tesla's electric vehicle dominance?

Tests Confirm NC Well Contaminated With Known Carcinogen

May 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

State regulators in North Carolina say private wells near some of Duke Energy's coal ash pits are contaminated. The utility says it will provide drinking water for residents notified by the state.

CA Panel Recommends Warning Labels For BPA

May 13, 2015 5:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A California scientific panel recommended that the state add bisphenol-A to its list of harmful chemicals that must be disclosed by companies.

Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 4:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly three-quarters of surveyed manufacturers reported process improvements following cloud deployment, while just over 60 percent said product quality improved.

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Studies: When a Chemical Spill Hits, Officials Get The Science Wrong

May 13, 2015 4:25 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The studies examined nearly 50 drinking water emergencies including pipeline ruptures, diesel spills and major chemical accidents, including the 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill.

DuPont Wins Proxy Fight Against Peltz's Trian Fund

May 13, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trian, which owns about 24.6 million DuPont shares, has been pushing for the business to split into two companies, but DuPont has argued that such a move would destroy value.

Monsanto Vows to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 12, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Company officials said the crop protection business — including the Roundup line of herbicides — is the largest contributor to Monsanto's carbon footprint and would therefore be "the place where the company can achieve the greatest positive impact."

Officials Defend Hiring Practices at Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 12, 2015 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa have defended their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

Nanotechnology Could be The Next Big Thing in Medical Care

May 12, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jay West, American Chemistry Council | Blogs | Comments

Scientists in the U.S. are researching how nanotechnology and nanoparticles may be used to fight many diseases, including cancer and Ebola.

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Report Shines Spotlight on Toxic Chemicals, Worker Abuse Inside Nail Salons

May 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report named the array of toxic chemicals included in nail care products as the likely culprit for the medical conditions facing salon workers across the country, including chronic respiratory illnesses, skin problems and cancers.

Oregon Teenager Pioneers Oil Spill Cleanup Method

May 11, 2015 4:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

This kid is cool.

Drones Could Enhance Safety at Chemical Plants

May 11, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way.

US Settles With New York Coke Plant For $12M Over Pollution

May 11, 2015 3:40 pm | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday.

4 Managerial Mindsets That Could Delay Your GHS Transition

May 11, 2015 3:30 pm | by Sarah Sajedi, CEO and Co-founder of ERA Environmental Management Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With the GHS June deadline approaching, manual re-classification and re-authoring of safety data sheets is expected to be the biggest EHS challenge of 2015.

Plan to Bury Uranium in Utah Scrutinized as Decision Nears

May 11, 2015 3:15 pm | by MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A waste disposal company is trying to reassure regulators and residents that a type of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive can remain safely buried in a barren, remote area of northwest Utah.

$850 Million Waggaman Ammonia Plant 75 Percent Complete

May 11, 2015 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant will use natural gas to make ammonia-based fertilizer.

Low Gas Prices Leads Company to Push For Innovation

May 11, 2015 10:03 am | by ADAM WILMOTH, The Oklahoman | News | Comments

Not everyone is excited about low gasoline prices.

Colombia Suspending Use of Anti-Coca Herbicide

May 11, 2015 9:36 am | by LIBARDO CARDONA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Santos said he was taking the move following a Health Ministry recommendation based on a World Health Organization decision to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen.

Chemists Discover Molecules to Harness Solar Energy

May 8, 2015 3:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Research by a Danish graduate student may pave the way for a breakthrough method of capturing energy from sunlight.

Group Worried DuPont Split Will Affect Health Repayments

May 8, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The chemical giant in 2004 agreed to pay $235 million to monitor 80,000 residents near its plant in Washington, West Virginia, which produced a chemical called C8 or PFOA for decades.

BASF Sells Part of Its Pharma Business

May 8, 2015 12:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Germany-based BASF indicated it would divest its custom synthesis business and a portion of its active pharmaceutical ingredients business to the Swiss pharmaceutical company.  

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