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The No. 4 Top Tip For EHS Asset Performance Management

March 24, 2015 10:14 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know.

How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

This latest drug shortage may not mean that manufacturers have the final say in the matter, but their actions are clearly helping to steer the conversation.

$50 Million Plastic Plant Headed to South-Central Idaho

March 23, 2015 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is the latest plastics manufacture clustering in southern Idaho, including Solo Cup Co., Hilex Poly and Spears Manufacturing.

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Utah Medical Waste Incinerator Proposes Doubling Production

March 23, 2015 5:24 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A medical waste burning plant that is leaving North Salt Lake City after being cited for toxic emissions wants to more than double production at a new facility in a rural part of the state.

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. On the list today: Risk management is a driving force.

Hypoallergenic Isn't Really a Thing

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

It’s a simple claim made on thousands of personal care products for adults and kids: hypoallergenic. But what does that actually mean?

Train Derailments in Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Texas, the cars derailed Saturday evening near Valley Mills, a town about 25 miles northwest of Waco. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said that about four homes were evacuated.

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry groups hammered the proposal; the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming in hopes of blocking the rules.

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US Agency Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples

March 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to U.S. grocery store aisles.

Popular Weed Killer Deemed "Probable Carcinogen" by UN

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk.

Environmental Group Sues Dominion Over Coal Ash Ponds

March 20, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Virginia Power is being sued by an environmental group that says a coal ash pond at a former power plant is polluting groundwater.

Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should we Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

A researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water. But is there more to the story?

Craft Beer Chemistry

March 19, 2015 3:51 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Drink up to this fun video about the chemistry that gives craft beers their many distinctive flavors.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 19, 2015 3:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Michigan State engineers evaluated the effects of five additives on polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate materials during typical disposal conditions.

Dow Chemical's Secret Sauce

March 19, 2015 3:36 pm | by Fox Business | Videos | Comments

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris discusses why lower crude prices are a benefit for his company, and where he looks to profit outside the U.S.

Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Dow's Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

"There aren’t just challenges with fracking — there are solutions being generated regularly," Strittmatter told Manufacturing.Net in a recent interview.

US Refineries Gearing up to Process More Domestic Shale Oil

March 19, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Refineries responding to the survey expected to increase their capacity for "very light and sweet" crude oil by more than 730,000 barrels per day from 2014 to 2016

Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell each suspended shale exploration in Europe, Russia and China, while those companies have cut fracking spending in nations such as Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits relate to the discovery of genetically modified wheat on a farm in Oregon in May 2013. The wheat had not been approved, and after the discovery, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended some wheat orders.

Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 3:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill targets artificial sweeteners, colors and flavorings, along with additives such as monosodium glutamate and azodicarbonamide and preservatives including butylated hydroxyanisole.

Largest US Cache of Chemical Weapons About to be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 3:24 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first container of mustard agent was moved into an airtight containment building at Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado, and crews expected to open it and neutralize it later in the day.

Chemical Regulation Overhaul Bill Faces Opposition in Senate

March 18, 2015 3:20 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he found it ironic that Republicans would push to give power to the EPA — "the same EPA that they want to cut the budget of. Frankly, I don't think that passes the laugh test if I may say so."

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 18, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The agreement could also enable the agencies to coordinate reviews when toxins are subject to regulation by both agencies.

Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic from Potatoes

March 18, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The agreement between biotech firm Bio-on and potato products company Pizzoli aims to produce 2,000 tons of bioplastics annually with the hope of doubling that capacity in the future.

Industry Insider: The Public Should be Warned About Living Near Chemical Plants

March 17, 2015 5:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

“Whenever there’s a high-magnitude incident, a lot of people ask, ‘Why didn’t we see this coming? Why was [the plant] built so close to houses?’” Scott Harris recently told Chem.Info. “It’s not a well understood community issue.”

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