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OSHA Slaps Georgia-Pacific Chemicals With 11 Serious Safety Violations And $60,500 in Fines

January 30, 2015 4:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Formaldehyde was one of the toxic chemicals that OSHA says Georgia-Pacific Chemicals exposed its workers to by not providing proper chemical management procedures at its Columbus, Ohio plant. Georgia-Pacific failed to meet safety standards by not providing operating procedures with accurate information on safety systems and how they worked. 

Federal Agency to Cap Sulfur in Drywall

January 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Effective July 22, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stipulates that...

As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 29, 2015 4:47 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

While plastics boast numerous social benefits, such extending the shelf life of food and...

Poll Shows Giant Gap Between What Public, Scientists Think

January 29, 2015 4:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Matching polls of both the general public and the country's largest general...

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Pine Chemicals as an Engine for Economic Growth and Sustainability

January 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Charles Morris | Blogs | Comments

Companies are looking for value-added innovations, reduced environmental impact and ways to set themselves apart from the competition, but not only that — they want to build a more sustainable, innovative business. This is where lessons from the pine resin industry can help. 

Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting oil, natural gas or their byproducts throughout the country. This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.

CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to the CSB, the dust collection system inside the plant was so flawed it took only a day for enough combustible dust and hydrocarbons to accumulate in the duct that it overheated, ignited spontaneously, caused an explosion in the rooftop dust collector and unleashed a fiery flash.

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Train Derails, Spilling Hazardous Chemicals

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Hydrochloric acid and diesel fuel were spilled from an overturned train in Allendale County, South Carolina. The spill happened around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday when a train traveling from Savannah to Atlanta reportedly took a wrong turn, derailed and crashed into stationary rail cars.  

UCI Chemists Discover a Way to Unboil an Egg

January 28, 2015 2:23 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

This isn't just a case of nifty science. In fact, the research wasn’t as much about processing the egg, as it was about demonstrating the power of the process itself. According to the researchers, the discovery could transform pharmaceutical and food manufacturing.

Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot be subject to a new EPA significant new use rule, or SNUR.

Photos of a Chemical Plant Captured Early Images of Auschwitz — And Other Facts About Its History

January 27, 2015 10:34 pm | by Meagan Parrish, editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Allied liberation of Auschwitz — How much do you know about the infamous chemical company that played a pivotal role in Auschwitz’s history? Take a read and find out.  

Supreme Court Rejects Lifetime Health Benefits For Chem Plant Employees

January 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The unanimous ruling from the high court represents a victory for M&G Polymers USA, which first sought to require retiree contributions to health coverage in 2006 after purchasing the plant six years earlier. It also tightens the standard for collective bargaining agreements that do not specify terms for lifetime benefits.

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Deal Requires Firms to Justify Fracking Trade-Secret Claim

January 27, 2015 2:22 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A legal settlement will require petroleum companies to provide justification when they claim the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming are trade secrets that must be shielded from public disclosure.

DuPont Profit Rises, But Strong Dollar Cuts Into Sales

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Changes to DuPont's portfolio and improved productivity boosted fourth-quarter earnings and helped to offset the negative impact of a stronger dollar. The company, based in Wilmington, Delaware, boosted its estimated costs savings from operational redesigns by $300 million, to at least $1.3 billion by 2017.

McDonald’s Reveals List of Chemicals in French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:07 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, the mega food chain began rolling out a marketing push that cleverly showcases former “MythBusters” co-host, Grant Imahara doing some myth-busting about how their food is made. Question is: When it comes to their fries, will this transparency campaign only throw more cooking oil into the fire?

ACC's Weekly Economic Report Shows Increases Compared to a Year Ago

January 26, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Domestic chemical production last month was up compared to the end of 2013 as indicators continue to show a healthy chemical market, according to the American Chemistry Council. Recent ACC analysis shows that chemical output in December was up 5.2 percent over December 2013, with increases reported in each of the seven geographical regions tracked by the industry group.

Salvage Company Employees Sentenced to Prison And $10.3M in Fines For Illegal Asbestos Removal

January 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

All five pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s “work practice standards,” after removing substantial amounts of asbestos without proper storage or disposal, and without providing workers necessary protective gear.

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Cancellation of $6.5B Petrochemical Project in Qatar Changes Outlook For MEG Market

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Tison Keel, director, global EO& Derivatives, IHS Chemical | Articles | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) joint announcement last week that they have cancelled their planned $6.5 billion Qatari petrochemical project, called Al-Karaana, which will significantly change the global supply and demand balances for mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins.

Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

In a recent interview with Chem.Info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating their efforts. “[In the coming year] we expect that chemical companies are going to look at safety a lot more seriously,” he said.

Regulators Order Pipeline Upgrades After Montana Oil Spill

January 26, 2015 9:45 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents.

5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn Join to Form $16B Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, which had not been named as of Monday, will have combined sales of $15.7 billion and its board will include eight directors from Rock-Tenn and six directors from MeadWestvaco. Shares of both companies hit all-time highs late last week.

Nearly 84,000 Bottles of Mislabled Mean Green Cleaning Products Recalled

January 23, 2015 5:27 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

About 83,800 bottles of Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser have been recalled. The product is sold in both spray bottles and white and green containers. The cleaners have been shown to contain ammonia — even though the label says otherwise.

Sea-Land Chemical Co. Celebrates 50th Anniversary

January 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sea-Land Chemical Co. | News | Comments

Sea-Land Chemical Co. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A supplier of chemicals to the lubricants industry, Sea-Land has grown into an international, employee-owned specialty chemical distributor. Today, the firm has clients on three continents and over $100 million in annual revenue.

Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 22, 2015 5:06 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle.

Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 4:58 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.

EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 4:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

Higher Temps Raise Phthalate Emissions From Vinyl Crib Mattress Covers

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The pair said the plastic commonly used in children’s cribs are of particular concern because infants breathe in far more air than adults, given their lower body weight. And because of how much they sleep, phthalates could be affecting the air they breathe 12 to 14 hours a day.

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