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

Chemical Industry Continues To Climb

September 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

A leading economic indicator created continued to see moderated upward growth last month, with a 0.2 percent gain over July as measured on a three-month moving average. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains are trending up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year, and the barometer remains at its highest level since January 2008. 

The Business Of Chemistry By The Numbers

September 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Chemistry is essential to our economy and plays a vital role in the creation of ground-breaking products that make our lives and our world healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive.                                

Lavender Farmers Rebel Against Chemical Rules

September 8, 2014 10:17 am | by SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press | News | Comments

The sweet smell of lavender is tinged with bitterness this year in the south of France, as farmers who harvest the flower protest European regulations linking the plant to chemical toxins.                              

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Nebraska Fertilizer Plant Layoffs

September 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Nebraska agriculture manufacturing plant will close part of its operations and eliminate more than half its workforce by November.                                                       

FMC Purchases Cheminova For $1.8B

September 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FMC is buying a Danish insecticide company for $1.8 billion. The diversified chemical company based in Philadelphia will fold Cheminova into its agricultural solutions business.                 

$3B ND Fertilizer Plant Moves Foward

September 8, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CHS Inc. announced Friday that it is moving forward with a plan to build a $3 billion fertilizer plant near Jamestown, using abundant natural gas from North Dakota's oil patch as a feedstock.                        

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell Seeks Permits For Moorings Near Plant

September 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Chemical LP has applied for a permit to build two docks and 24 smaller structures to moor barges near the site of its proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania.                                   

Kansas Chemical Company Under Investigation

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, unsealed search warrants show.              

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million.                                             

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Utility Opposes $2.9M Deal In WV Spill Case

September 3, 2014 9:57 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January.                                   

Toward Safer Anhydrous Ammonia

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An effective but dangerous pressurized gas known as anhydrous ammonia has been used for years to deliver nitrogen to soil and crops, and a safer delivery method that uses dry pellets is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

The Chemistry Behind BBQ

August 28, 2014 3:53 pm | by Institute of Food Technologies | News | Comments

It's that time of the year again when people are starting to fire up the grill for tailgating season! IFT spokesperson Guy Crosby, PhD, CFS provides insight into the food science behind BBQ.                      

Scientists Call For Halt In Non-Essential Use Of Fluorochemicals

August 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Technical University of Denmark - National Food Institute | News | Comments

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, until better methods exist to measure the chemicals and more is known about their potentially harmful effects.

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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.                     

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.                 

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.

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