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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

More States Looking to Ban Microbeads

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The wide range of soaps and skin care products containing the pellets, called microbeads, sparked fears among researchers and environmental advocates about their effect on the water supply.

DuPont And Salix Are Big Market Movers

March 17, 2015 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the biggest news from Wall Street.

In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 10:38 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics

2 Former Freedom Owners Plead Guilty in Chemical Spill Case

March 16, 2015 4:33 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Each faces up to a year in prison when sentenced June 22. They also face fines of $25,000 per day per violation, or $100,000 — whichever is greater.

Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The hardwood flooring retailer said customers who request the test kits would have the results from accredited laboratories within seven to 10 days. The company said it would evaluate the need for further testing should the kits show high chemical levels.

GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 11:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Supporters said modified plants are safe and have the potential to feed a growing population; opponents questioned their potential impact on both the environment and on public health.

2 Former Freedom Owners Set For Plea Hearings in Spill Case

March 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The January 2014 spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.

Dow Signs on to Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 13, 2015 4:31 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The farm, which will power Dow’s Freeport Texas Manufacturing plant, will span 35,000 acres and produce enough electricity to power more than 55,000 homes.

Lumber Liquidators CEO Makes Surprising Admission

March 13, 2015 3:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During a conference call, Lumber Liquidators CEO Rob Lynch responded to a "60 Minutes" report that exposed excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in the glue used to bind the company's wood.

Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A 3D printer designed by a University of Illinois chemist could, he believes, potentially revolutionize the development of new medications.

Injectable Polymer May Save Lives After Trauma

March 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Univ. of Washington | Articles | Comments

Univ. of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or internal injuries and starts working immediately.

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