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Chemical Industry’s Evolution of Safety Improvements

April 24, 2015 4:47 pm | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

Through all of the vehicle damage, tire slashing, death threats, fist-fights, union grievances and more, my boss never wavered on the whatever-it-takes commitment to becoming a safe operation, and it worked.

Louisiana Chemical Industry Expects Continued Growth

April 24, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production...

ACC Knocks Proposed Changes to California Disclosure Law

April 24, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council sharply criticized modifications to California's Proposition 65...

Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions About Cause

April 24, 2015 9:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can't grow at freezing...

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DuPont Hopes Acquisition Will Bolster Crop Products

April 24, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DuPont this week announced an agreement to buy a California biotech company that officials hope will advance the chemical giant's agribusiness offerings.  

Desert Shrub Could Become Alternative Rubber Source

April 23, 2015 4:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rubber companies are increasingly looking to a North American desert shrub as a potential alternative to rubber imported from Southeast Asia.  

Home Depot to Eliminate Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring

April 23, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's largest home improvement chain is phasing out the use of potentially harmful chemicals in its vinyl flooring.

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Why Calibration Needs to Be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 23, 2015 3:40 pm | by Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well.

IDBS And ChemAxon Partnership Harnesses Leading Biology And Chemistry Expertise

April 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Metia | News | Comments

The strategic technology deal strengthens IDBS’ single R&D data management platform.

Officials Seek Answers After Chemical Spill in Ohio

April 23, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Local officials are seeking answers after a chemical spill at an injection well facility threatened a northeast Ohio township's water supply.

Companies to Re-Evaluate Proposed Cracker Plant in W.Va.

April 22, 2015 4:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian petrochemical company Odebrecht and plastics maker Braskem say they will re-evaluate an ethane cracker they proposed to build in West Virginia.

BPA Risk to Newborns May be Overplayed

April 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

A study of days-old infants shows an innate ability to clear the controversial compound used in plastics from the body.

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BASF Opens Largest Indian Construction Chemicals Plant

April 22, 2015 4:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's largest chemical producer said in a statement that the Nellore facility will help meet growing construction demand in India, particularly for customers in the southern part of the country.

Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste Into Beer

April 22, 2015 4:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer made using unsold bread from supermarkets.

Popular Pesticide Hurts Wild Bees in Major Field Study

April 22, 2015 4:15 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

Blue Bell Says It's Still Trying to Pinpoint Listeria Cause

April 22, 2015 10:30 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

Company Files Suit Over Arsenic Levels at Charlotte Plant

April 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company has filed a lawsuit alleging the former Charlotte manufacturing facility it purchased last year contains 5 million pounds of arsenic and cadmium contamination.

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Chinese Officials Blame Chemical Plant Bosses For Explosion

April 22, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The April 6 blast and ensuing hydrocarbon fire at the paraxylene plant in Fujian province left six people hospitalized and renewed discussion on China's social media about the potential dangers of factories that produce the toxic chemical.

Toxic Chemical Kills Hundreds of Fish at Texas Aquarium

April 21, 2015 5:26 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

What appears to be a tragic labeling mishap has killed about 400 fish at The Texas State Aquarium.

3 Trends Driving Growth in The Interconnected Auto And Chemicals Markets

April 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The auto industry is taking off and the chemicals sector is hitching a ride.

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Over Listeria Concerns

April 21, 2015 12:14 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell says it is pulling its entire line of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert and other frozen snacks.

Lawmakers Seek FDA Review of Ingredients Used in Cosmetics

April 21, 2015 12:05 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Working Group said that the current regulatory system allows companies to put potentially dangerous chemicals in personal-care products without having to prove they are safe.

NY Attorney General Says Microbeads Escaping Sewage Plants

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general says some preliminary testing shows that microbeads, the tiny plastic abrasives added to makeup, shampoo and other personal care products, are passing through many of the state's sewage treatment plants and into waterways.

DuPont Reports Decline in First-Quarter Earnings

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. says the strong dollar and challenges in the agriculture and performance chemicals industries contributed to lower sales and earnings in the first quarter.

German Plastics Company Establishing First US Plant

April 20, 2015 4:59 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., an automotive supplier and subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is investing $11.1 million to open its first U.S. facility in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 20, 2015 4:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports showed products approved by the Non-GMO Project increased from $1.2 billion in 2011 sales to $8.5 billion last year, while companies such as General Mills and Chipotle took recent steps to distance themselves from GMO foods.

Report: Most Chemical Facilities Still Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

April 20, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most chemical facilities in the U.S. have yet to adopt federal anti-terrorism guidelines and remain vulnerable to attack, according to a recent report published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures.

The Dawn of Chemical Warfare

April 20, 2015 4:18 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

April 22, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons in modern warfare. Some of the best minds in chemistry at that time, including a Nobel Prize winner, used their knowledge of science to build humanity’s new weapons of mass destruction.

PhD Student Draws Chemistry Comic Book

April 20, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

A PhD student created a chemistry comic book to help her family understand her thesis — then raised $14,000 from a Kickstarter campaign to produce more comics for schools.

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