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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

Pesticide That Hurt 4 in Virgin Islands Also in Puerto Rico

April 17, 2015 9:23 am | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials said documents suggest methyl bromide may have been improperly applied in various locations in Puerto Rico.

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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 5:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

Study: 'All-Natural' Preservative Includes Synthetic Ingredients

April 16, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alberta and Saginaw Valley State University tested a preservative based on kimchi, a traditional Korean combination of fermented cabbage and radish.

Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the state's Department of Environmental Quality collected water samples from 177 rivers, streams and estuaries, then tested for the presence of more than 500 chemicals ranging from industrial compounds and pesticides to banned substances and consumer products.  

Arizona Puts an End to Local Bans on Plastic Bags

April 16, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill also bans local governments from requiring businesses to disclose their energy consumption.

TSU Professor Gets $500K USDA Grant

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

The research will aim to enhance the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall goal of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain.

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Consumers Buying More Organic Products, Despite High Prices

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic foods generally are grown with fewer chemicals and artificial ingredients and are produced according to a strict set of government standards.

Dirty Deeds: $500 Reward Issued in Maine Diaper Dumper Case

April 16, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In addition to the waste, the diapers contain chemicals that could be harmful to fish and wildlife.

Health Advocates, Agribusiness Continue to Spar Over Weed Killer

April 15, 2015 4:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Officials long considered glyphosate to be safer than most other pesticide options, and the recent WHO classification places the chemical in the same category of concern as working overnight shifts or at a hair salon.

Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 15, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Crude storage tanks include compounds such as propane, butane or benzene. In addition to posing risks for explosions or fires, those hydrocarbons can also cause long-term health problems such as cancer, blood disorders or respiratory and nervous system damage.

Cycle Gear Recalling Some Toys For Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The toys were sold between November and December at Cycle Gear stores and on the Benicia, California-based company's website.

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Manufactured Wood Made Without Trees

April 14, 2015 3:34 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design has made a mission of replacing synthetic plastic polymers with natural mushroom based polymers.

6 Critical Factors For Achieving Success In The Chemical Industry

April 14, 2015 12:01 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

Like almost every other industry, chemical companies are looking for new ways to manage highly fluctuating economic conditions, uncertain markets, global competition, and continuously increasing regulatory requirements. So what will help these organizations drive innovation and value?

Texas Residents Worried Dioxin Could be Causing Cancer Cluster

April 14, 2015 9:49 am | by SUSAN CARROLL, Houston Chronicle | Articles | Comments

A cancer cluster investigation had found elevations of childhood eye and brain stem cancer of a "sufficient magnitude to warrant further investigation," a lead epidemiologist wrote.

Smart Fabric Generates Electricity

April 13, 2015 5:27 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

South Korean researchers develop a "smart" fabric which can generate electricity to power wearable devices.

Train Derailment Spills Dry Ammonia in Colorado

April 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 70 residents in the city south of Denver were asked to remain indoors following the accident.

Several Men Fall to Their Deaths Inside of Chemical Tank in Pakistan

April 13, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

At least six bodies were recovered from a chemical tank inside a pickle manufacturing plant in Pakistan over the weekend. 

3 Mitsubishi Firms to Build Methanol Plant in Trinidad And Tobago

April 13, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid expected growth in global demand for methanol, used in a range of products such as adhesive agents and agricultural chemicals, three Mitsubishi firms are planning to start operating the plant in October 2018.

Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue Latest Uses For Wheat Straw

April 13, 2015 9:35 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested.

'Toxic Toy' Bill Gets Another Push in NY, Industry Objects

April 10, 2015 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to ban the use of certain chemicals in toys may get another chance in New York state before lawmakers adjourn in June.

Recycling Used Bars of Soap to Save Lives

April 10, 2015 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

An organization with facilities in Florida, Las Vegas and Hong Kong is collecting used bars of soap from more than 4,000 hotels, recycling them into fresh soap and delivering the supplies to people in need around the world.

A Look at Listeria, Pathogen Found in Ice Cream And Hummus

April 10, 2015 4:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.

Report Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 10, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“By drilling 7,000 holes in the ground, the fracking industry may have changed the geology and created new pathways for radon to rise to the surface,” the study's first author said.

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