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Abandoned Asbestos Mines Still a Hazard in India

December 22, 2014 10:20 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

The Next Great Breakthrough For Chemical Manufacturing?

December 18, 2014 11:06 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Articles | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a powerful method for joining complex...

Four Indicted in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on...

That Thermoplastic Was Made From What?

December 16, 2014 3:35 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

It may sound fishy, but researchers say they’ve discovered a way to make thermoplastics from...

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The Surprising Chemical History of Tinsel

December 16, 2014 10:01 am | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

How is the shiny tinsel that decorates many Christmas trees made? Today it's mostly made of plastic. But did you know tinsel used to contain lead, aluminum or copper? Find out all about tinsel's chemistry history in this very special holiday episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

Feds Target Toxic Chemical Emissions From Mine Blasts

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Some who live near the big coal mines say they've suffered from headaches and respiratory irritation when such clouds waft over their neighborhoods.

Deborah Borg Named President, Dow USA

December 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Deborah Borg, vice president of the Human Resource Partner Organization, has been named president of Dow USA. Borg will be responsible for coordinating Dow’s activities across the U.S. and play an instrumental role in representing Dow's interests to key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, joint venture partners, key government organizations and communities.

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Woman Who Drank Toxic Tea Reaches Deal With Restaurant

December 15, 2014 9:09 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Pre | News | Comments

A Utah woman has reached a settlement with a barbecue chain restaurant where she unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals and nearly died. Dickey's Barbecue and Jan Harding issued a joint statement this week announcing they came to terms on an agreement that will lead to extensive changes at the business to ensure such an incident never happens again.

Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals May Lower Child's IQ

December 12, 2014 10:28 am | by Newsy Science | Videos | Comments

Researchers from Columbia University found children prenatally exposed to high levels of the phthalate chemicals had lower IQ scores. The chemicals are often found in common household objects and beauty products including dryer sheets, soaps, hair spray and lipsticks.

Bangladesh Salvages Sunken Tanker as Leaking Oil Threatens Rare Wildlife

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

Bangladesh today retrieved an oil-leaking sunken tanker, two days after it capsized in a river at the Sundarbans, as the oil overnight spread in 34,000 hectares at the world's largest mangrove forest, which is home to dolphins, rare acquatic animals and Royal Bengal tigers.

Chinese Chemical Company Looks at Buying Lousiana School

December 10, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. James Parish School Board has voted to declare St. James High School as surplus property, an action designed to speed its sale. Officials say China-based Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a corporation set to begin building a $1.85 billion ethanol plant adjacent to the school site, is interested in the property.

Drinking From Chemical-Laden Cans May Raise Blood Pressure

December 9, 2014 10:08 am | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

A common coating used in soft drink cans could cause high blood pressure and put heart patients at risk, a new study has warned. The consumption of BPA, a chemical used as an epoxy lining for cans and plastic bottles, has been associated with high blood pressure and heart rate variability. Previous studies have shown that BPA can leach into foods and drinks.

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Dangerous, Toxic Chemicals Lie Underground For Decades

December 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Wes Wolfe, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C. | Articles | Comments

Take one look at an old coal and gas energy site and the content filling Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode on CBS doesn’t look shocking. It looks par for the course. Duke Energy, both in the episode segment on the Dan River coal ash spill and in media and politics since the spill, has the spotlight on it for problems with industrial waste pollution.

E-cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms

December 8, 2014 10:47 am | by WVLT, Knoxville, Tenn. | News | Comments

E-cigarette technology is taking off and federal officials say the race to innovate could make creating standards the devices more difficult in the future. The popular contraptions that heat a liquid to create vapor rather than burning tobacco have changed dramatically from those first introduced just a few years ago.

Pack Expo Top 10

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

Major Growth in 3D Printing Prompts Launch of Joint Industry Project

December 5, 2014 11:21 am | by Lloyd's Register Energy | Articles | Comments

Today, Lloyd’s Register Energy launched a joint industry project (JIP) inviting companies from across the world to tackle the current and future issues faced by manufacturers supplying the energy industry—the latest JIP focuses on additive manufacturing.  

Economic Crime In The Chemical Sector: Where Is It Coming From?

December 2, 2014 2:05 pm | by By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader | Blogs | Comments

The chemical sector has one of the lowest rates of economic crime, according to our 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey. And yet, 27 percent of respondents say their company has experienced some form of fraud, up from 22 percent in 2011.

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3D Printing Materials Market Will Increase Ten-Fold by 2025

December 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by IDTechEx | Articles | Comments

A massive increase in the use and applications of 3D printers is encouraging huge growth in the market for 3D printing materials. The total consumable market in in 2013 was $800m and is expected to reach $8bn by 2025, according to IDTechEx's new report "3D Printing Materials 2015-2025, Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts."

Fire Crews Not Told About Chemical Leak at Chillicothe Paper Plant

December 2, 2014 1:37 pm | by Laura Arenschield, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | News | Comments

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it was likely that people within a 1-mile radius of a Chillicothe paper plant might have experienced nausea, sore throats or watery eyes after a chemical compound leaked from the site on Oct. 31.

Homeowners Near Detroit Refinery Feel Neglected

December 1, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

Neighborhoods bordering a Marathon oil refinery have been in decline - dealing with abandoned homes, increased crime and the odor, noise and dust that come with living near a refinery. Interstate 75 is nearby, along with a wastewater treatment facility and railroad tracks - all of which have driven down property values.

Illinois To Be Home Of New Corn Protein Extraction Plant

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by Joanie Stiers, The (Galesburg) Register-Mail | News | Comments

Zein proteins make up about 40 percent of the total protein in corn. After extraction, it appears as a pale-yellow powder that can be used for biodegradable plastics, paper coatings, food packaging, antioxidants, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, food and cosmetics.

Supreme Court Reviewing EPA Mercury Limits

November 26, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Sherman, AP | News | Comments

One judge on the appeals court complained that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs. And the costs are huge, about $9.6 billion a year."

Wyoming Opens Door To More Gas-Liquid Conversion Plants

November 26, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee voted 13-1 to sponsor a bill that would allow the state to buy natural gas and then contract with a plant to convert it into more expensive products, such as diesel.

Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

November 24, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP | News | Comments

A coalition has filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit by Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co., or let a state court decide the issue. The filing comes after a federal judge ruled that Maui County can't implement the law until arguments against it are settled.

Pryor To Retire As President Of ExxonMobil Chemical

November 24, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

Stephen D. Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation has elected to retire on January 1, 2015, after more than 44 years of service.                                          

Clariant Reduces Carbon Footprint In Supply Chain By 65 Percent

November 24, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Through supply chain analysis and planning involving their Oil Services business and its regional procurement team, the company partnered with the manufacturer of a subsurface chemical and switch from bulk tanker truck deliveries to intermodal transport.

Plant's Killer Chemicals Not Mentioned During 911 Call

November 24, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Emergency management officials say it's clear that the response was inadequate and slow, especially given the scope of the disaster. The accident site had been plagued with recurring maintenance problems, and workers lacked quick access to breathing equipment that could have saved them.

If Milk Can Be Made In A Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 21, 2014 10:52 am | by TakePart | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further.

EPA Approves 2 Permits For Texas Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas.                  

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