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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...

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...

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...

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1 Death In Chemical Tanker Fire

August 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.                    

Landfill Gas To Clean Energy

August 14, 2014 3:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A new technique that transforms stinky, air-polluting landfill gas could produce the sweet smell of success as it leads to development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices and hospitals, researchers say.           

Apple Bans 2 Chemicals In Product Assembly

August 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.                 

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Antibacterial Soap Chemicals Impacting Human Development

August 13, 2014 10:30 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers are concerned about growing evidence that hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly found in antibacterial soaps can lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals and potentially people.                  

Farmers Anxiously Await Herbicide Decision

August 13, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that's been around since the 1940s. It's partly a game of catch-up for the agriculture industry, as many farmers are dealing with weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used on corn and soybeans now.

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Preventing Package Printing Panic

August 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.  

Copper Foam Turns CO2 Into Useful Chemicals

August 12, 2014 4:36 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, a new study shows.                   

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Getting Big Brother's Priorities Straight

August 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of your political leanings, it's hard to put a positive spin on the news that the government has failed to follow through with terror prevention inspections at high-risk chemical facilities. This revelation combined with recent EPA over-reaching calls into question what our government is really doing to protect American industry. 

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Mine Spills 10 Million Gallons Of Acid Into River

August 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.                     

Claims Grow Against WV Spill Company

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charleston-based Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to ask for money in bankruptcy claims over the spill, said the case's claims agent, James Lane.                          

WV Chemical Spill Cost: $11M

August 8, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia water supplier has taken an $11 million hit to address a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's tap water.                                  

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Q2 Chemicals M&A Activity Driven By Mid-Market Acquisitions

August 8, 2014 9:31 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the second quarter of 2014 more than doubled in value and volume when compared to the same period last year. Mid-market transactions ($50 - $250 million) accounted for 68 percent of total deal activity and over 20 percent of value, helping push total second quarter deal value to more than $12 billion.

Green Can Mean Clean

August 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Eastman ChemCo | Videos | Comments

Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent proves it’s possible to have a product that’s both “green” and highly effective at removing tough soils. This solvent, which meets CARB’s LVP-VOC criteria, is changing the chemistry of clean through its winning combination of exceptional human and environmental safety, strong performance, and value through its versatility.

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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.

WV Seeks $1.8M From Freedom Industries After Spill

August 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                         

Oklahoma Fertilizer Plant Expansion To Start This Fall

August 6, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Enid News and Eagle reports the Koch Nitrogen plant expansion in Enid is expected to increase the company's ammonia production by more than 1 million tons each year.                              

Tainted Lake Water Still Under Scrutiny

August 5, 2014 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.                 

Toxins Contaminate Toledo's Water

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toxins, possibly from algae on Lake Erie, fouled the water supply of the state's fourth-largest city Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water.

Terror Threats At Chemical Plants Severely Underestimated

July 30, 2014 9:53 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

Govt. Failed To Inspect Chemical Plants With High Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006.

NTSB Releases Report From Conrail Derailment & Gas Leak

July 29, 2014 3:31 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Systemic errors led to a 2012 train derailment in New Jersey that released a dangerous gas into the air, sickening residents and emergency responders, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a scathing report.                         

Fertilizer Companies Blame West, TX For The Fatal Accident

July 28, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.  

Airgas Profit Rises 4.9%

July 24, 2014 2:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Radnor, Pennsylvania-based company said profit increased to $88.9 million, or $1.18 per share, from $84.7 million, or $1.14 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.                   

Slow Emergency Response Raises Safety Concerns In The Oil Fields

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. 

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

Economic Expansion Tempered By Uncertainty

July 24, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB posted a 0.4 percent increase over June, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Uncertainty in global energy markets kept the non-adjusted barometer at a slow 0.1 percent gain in June, but provisional data suggest there is room for further expansion in coming months. 

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

U.S. Chemical Production Higher In June

July 23, 2014 5:14 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in May, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) continued to expand, rising by 0.3 percent in June. Chemical output was higher in all regions.

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