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Bhopal Survivors Promised Additional Compensation

November 17, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

The government had claims for 5,295 deaths, 4,902 cases of permanent disability and 42 cases of severe injury relating to the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak. Activists have been calling for 22,917 deaths, 508,432 cases of permanent disability and 33,781 cases of severe injury to be included in the petition.

Cause Of Leak That Killed Four Plant Workers Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

DuPont officials said it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. The workers were exposed early Saturday while responding to the leak that started around 4 a.m.

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries' Remediation Efforts May Be Lightened

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Previous agreements required Freedom to remove all contaminated soil and groundwater. The new agreement leaves that option on the table, but also allows Freedom to apply for the Land Restoration Voluntary Remediation Program. During bankruptcy proceedings company officials have said this program would be less expensive.

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Pollution Settlement Reached Over Paper Mill Chemical Disposal

November 14, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Two of three businesses targeted by Harris County prosecutors  in a lawsuit over polluting the San Jacinto River in Texas with poisonous paper-mill waste have agreed to pay $29 million to the county and state. The EPA says the compound in question is so toxic that there is no safe level of exposure.

Illinois Lawsuit Targets Fracking Rules

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures.

Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over 20,000 gallons of uranium solution was spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine. In-situ uranium mining involves pumping chemicals underground to release uranium into a solution that is pumped to the surface. No shafts or tunnels are dug underground.

Pesticide Company Fined $10,000 Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

State officials said that after a similar bee die-off last year, it prohibited the use of certain pesticides on linden trees when bees would be attracted to the flowers, and the company and the applicator should have known about that prohibition.

What's Keeping Chemical CEOs Up At Night

November 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

With the chemical industry back in the game, so to speak, executives can finally start to relax and enjoy the ride, right? Wrong. A new threat is looming on the horizon with the potential to seriously jeopardize projects and the progress of the industry as a whole. The issue: the limited supply of skilled labor.

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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

Global Chemicals Industry Continues Strong In Q3

November 10, 2014 11:28 am | Articles | Comments

Although deal volume has decreased, value in the third quarter was at its highest since early 2011, hitting an average of $756 million. This heightened value was aided by the nine mega-deals that took place this quarter, including the $6.3 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings by Albemarle Corporation.

Showdown Looms As California Mandates Pesticides For Organic Growers

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year - $35 billion annually - producers are challenging a proposed California program with a pesticide-heavy approach, including the spraying of organic crops in order to fight a pest that has cost other states billions of dollars.

Hundreds Of Kids Poisoned By Detergent Pods

November 10, 2014 10:50 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP | News | Comments

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets mistaken for toys or candy have resulted in coma and seizures for many children. There have been more than 17,000 poison center calls related to the products over the last two years.

Troops Describe Chemical Weapon Exposure

November 7, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, including degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s that had been hidden or used in makeshift bombs. The initial report disclosed injuries by sarin or sulfur mustard agents.

Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 6, 2014 4:24 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Articles | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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CLP: The Perfect Storm Of Compliance

November 6, 2014 2:10 pm | by Neil Gleghorn, CEO of Kallik | Blogs | Comments

The chemicals sector is no stranger to radical change, but the Classification, Labeling and Packaging EU regulation, which is meant to align with GHS and REACH on June 1, 2015 introduces a whole new set of criteria for warning users of Physical (explosives, flammable gas, etc.), Health and Environmental Hazards.

Vertellus Announces Purchase Of Pentagon Chemicals

November 6, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Vertellus, the world’s leading producer of pyridine and pyridine derivative chemicals, has announced that it has purchased Pentagon Chemicals, a leading manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals used in the life sciences industry. The acquisition significantly expands Vertellus’ manufacturing presence in the agro-chemical and pharmaceutical sector.

IHS: Mexican Reforms Could Attract Petrochemical Investment

November 5, 2014 2:37 pm | News | Comments

Recent changes to Mexico’s hydrocarbon laws are opening doors for private oil and gas investment, which is expected to secure more competitive feedstocks for expanded petrochemicals production. It will also allow for cheaper electricity, which will help improve the country’s competitiveness.

Fracking Ban On The Ballot In North Texas

November 2, 2014 8:15 pm | by Emily Schmall, AP | News | Comments

Scores of cities in other states have considered similar bans over health and environmental concerns. But the proposal in Denton is a litmus test on whether any community in Texas — the nation's biggest oil and gas producer — can rebuff the industry and still thrive.

Royal DSM Announces New Georgia Polymerization Plant

October 31, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

The decision to locate the plant in Augusta is a demonstration of the close working relationship between DSM and the State of Georgia. Construction is scheduled to start in Q1 2015 with completion targeted for mid-2016.                   

Exxon's Earnings Rise On Refining, Chemical Business

October 31, 2014 12:34 pm | by Jonathan Fahey,AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon's oil and gas production fell 4.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago, driven mostly by lower natural gas production and the expiration earlier this year of Exxon's rights to production at a field in Abu Dhabi.        

Fireball Whisky Dispels Internet Rumors

October 29, 2014 10:45 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky assures its customers that the product is perfectly safe to drink. There is no recall in North America. Late last week Sazerac, the makers of Fireball, was contacted by its European bottler about an ingredient that was out of compliance with regulations.

Williams Partners Plant To Start Production In November

October 29, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Williams Partners L.P. has announced it expects its expanded Geismar Olefins plant to begin manufacturing ethylene for sale in November.                   

WVa Plans To Protect Water Supplies Face Fiscal Woes

October 28, 2014 11:05 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's almost no money reserved to help utilities pay for plans to protect water supplies under a new law, a West Virginia panel said Monday.                  

State Confirms Fertilizer Plant Chooses Illinois

October 28, 2014 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois.             

130 Sickened By Toxic Gas Dump

October 27, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 130 people, most of them students, were hospitalized after inhaling a toxic gas in the southeastern city of Zahedan, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.               

ACC Releases Weekly Chemistry And Economic Trends

October 27, 2014 10:21 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

The running tab of positive indicators from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for the macroeconomic status was 17 out of 20 this week and chemical output grew in all regions.             

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