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DuPont Fined $1.3M Over WV Chemical Leaks

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker.                       

The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.

Emergency Response Plans Demanded As Part Of Chemical Spill Probe

August 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators ordered a water company under investigation for its chemical spill response to produce emergency plans and information potentially protected by anti-terrorism laws.                     

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High-Temperature Polymer

August 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

TECAPEEK® PVX bearing grade rod, compounded exclusively using Victrex® PEEK Polymer, offers the durability and wear characteristics needed in high temperature polymers that are machined into components for the automotive, aerospace, and other industrial equipment industries.

2 Hospitalized After Gas Explosion

August 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Jonathan Grass, www.al.com | News | Comments

Nearby buildings shook when a hydrogen tank outside Cimarron Composites exploded Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say it was amazing no one was seriously hurt, even workers who were standing nearby.                

Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuit Thrown Out

August 21, 2014 4:48 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plaintiffs say the Charleston airport's now-complete runway project contributed to the spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                         

Turning Rice Into Plastic

August 20, 2014 2:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists now say that chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum.                                    

Mining Firm Lied About Acid Spill

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's top environmental official said that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.                 

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Up In July

August 19, 2014 4:04 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI), chemical production expanded by 0.4 percent in July following an downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in June.                 

Chemical Tanker Victim Buried At Sea

August 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ship spokesman Campbell Houston said Monday the engine-room fire left the 485-foot Pine Galaxy without much refrigeration, and the crewman's family gave permission for the ocean burial.                    

Crews Discover Benzene Leak At Abandoned Goodrich Factory

August 18, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise and a chemical leak while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company.                                             

88 Schools Closed After Acid Spill

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eighty-eight schools in a northern Mexico state will not open Monday along with the rest of the country because of the danger of water contaminated by the spill of 10 million gallons (40,000 cubic meters) of acids from a copper mine into two rivers this month.

1 Death In Chemical Tanker Fire

August 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.                    

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Landfill Gas To Clean Energy

August 14, 2014 3:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A new technique that transforms stinky, air-polluting landfill gas could produce the sweet smell of success as it leads to development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices and hospitals, researchers say.           

Apple Bans 2 Chemicals In Product Assembly

August 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.                 

Antibacterial Soap Chemicals Impacting Human Development

August 13, 2014 10:30 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers are concerned about growing evidence that hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly found in antibacterial soaps can lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals and potentially people.                  

Farmers Anxiously Await Herbicide Decision

August 13, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that's been around since the 1940s. It's partly a game of catch-up for the agriculture industry, as many farmers are dealing with weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used on corn and soybeans now.

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Preventing Package Printing Panic

August 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.  

Copper Foam Turns CO2 Into Useful Chemicals

August 12, 2014 4:36 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, a new study shows.                   

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Getting Big Brother's Priorities Straight

August 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of your political leanings, it's hard to put a positive spin on the news that the government has failed to follow through with terror prevention inspections at high-risk chemical facilities. This revelation combined with recent EPA over-reaching calls into question what our government is really doing to protect American industry. 

Mine Spills 10 Million Gallons Of Acid Into River

August 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.                     

Claims Grow Against WV Spill Company

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charleston-based Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to ask for money in bankruptcy claims over the spill, said the case's claims agent, James Lane.                          

WV Chemical Spill Cost: $11M

August 8, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia water supplier has taken an $11 million hit to address a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's tap water.                                  

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Q2 Chemicals M&A Activity Driven By Mid-Market Acquisitions

August 8, 2014 9:31 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the second quarter of 2014 more than doubled in value and volume when compared to the same period last year. Mid-market transactions ($50 - $250 million) accounted for 68 percent of total deal activity and over 20 percent of value, helping push total second quarter deal value to more than $12 billion.

Green Can Mean Clean

August 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Eastman ChemCo | Videos | Comments

Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent proves it’s possible to have a product that’s both “green” and highly effective at removing tough soils. This solvent, which meets CARB’s LVP-VOC criteria, is changing the chemistry of clean through its winning combination of exceptional human and environmental safety, strong performance, and value through its versatility.

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