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Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 26, 2015 10:26 pm | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration told reporters at the legislature that they ordered a recall of 294 food products illegally imported from the five prefectures after health investigators inspected over 3,000 questionable items.

Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 6:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Lumber Liquidators have dropped 59 percent since Feb. 24, when it announced that the "...

Survey: Many In Plastics Industry Call For Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 6:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet...

Report: Mix of Cat Litter, Salts Caused Nuclear-Dump Mishap

March 26, 2015 6:14 pm | News | Comments

The team was charged by the U.S. Energy Department to investigate the chemical reactions that...

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Analysts at New York-based Persistence Market Research predicted the market value of hydrogen would increase by more than 46 percent from $96.6 billion in 2014 to $141.4 billion in 2020. The overall market, meanwhile, is expected to rise from 255.3 billion cubic meters in 2014 to 324.8 billion cubic meters in 2020.

Feds Say Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals at Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:47 pm | by Keith Ridler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its phosphate plant in Soda Springs, Idaho.

Must-Know Tips For EHS Asset Performance Management — No. 2

March 24, 2015 4:55 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. Today's insider tip: The Cloud and Big Data will combine to greatly increase process equipment reliability.

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Chinese Chemical Company Set to Acquire Pirelli

March 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The acquisition would give China the intellectual property of the world's fifth-largest tire maker, while giving Pirelli greater access to the world's largest auto market amid potential competition in Asia from Michelin and Continental.

Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

But skeptics questioned how soon the natural gas industry could get up and running in a state without a history of such drilling.

The No. 4 Top Tip For EHS Asset Performance Management

March 24, 2015 10:14 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know.

How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

This latest drug shortage may not mean that manufacturers have the final say in the matter, but their actions are clearly helping to steer the conversation.

$50 Million Plastic Plant Headed to South-Central Idaho

March 23, 2015 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is the latest plastics manufacture clustering in southern Idaho, including Solo Cup Co., Hilex Poly and Spears Manufacturing.

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Utah Medical Waste Incinerator Proposes Doubling Production

March 23, 2015 5:24 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A medical waste burning plant that is leaving North Salt Lake City after being cited for toxic emissions wants to more than double production at a new facility in a rural part of the state.

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. On the list today: Risk management is a driving force.

Hypoallergenic Isn't Really a Thing

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

It’s a simple claim made on thousands of personal care products for adults and kids: hypoallergenic. But what does that actually mean?

Train Derailments in Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Texas, the cars derailed Saturday evening near Valley Mills, a town about 25 miles northwest of Waco. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said that about four homes were evacuated.

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry groups hammered the proposal; the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming in hopes of blocking the rules.

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US Agency Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples

March 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to U.S. grocery store aisles.

Popular Weed Killer Deemed "Probable Carcinogen" by UN

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk.

Environmental Group Sues Dominion Over Coal Ash Ponds

March 20, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Virginia Power is being sued by an environmental group that says a coal ash pond at a former power plant is polluting groundwater.

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.

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.

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.

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