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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...

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...

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...

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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. 

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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.

Dow Chemical Adjusted Profit & Revenue Rise

July 23, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical's second-quarter net income slid 62 percent as the prior-year period benefited from a $2.16 billion payment related to a scrapped joint venture.                             

Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.           

DuPont 2Q Profit Climbs 3.9%

July 22, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont said profit increased to $1.07 billion, or $1.15 per share, from $1.03 billion, or $1.11 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.                                            

Chinese Chemical Company Comes To Louisiana

July 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A China-based company is opening a methanol manufacturing facility on the Mississippi River in St. James Parish that's expected to create 350 to 400 permanent jobs.                        

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Explosion At Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                        

Debunking Chemical Myths

July 18, 2014 1:00 am | by TEDx Montreal | Videos | Comments

Dr. Joe Schwarcz of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society gives a TEDx talk on the importance of skepticism in science – and why chemistry is unfairly given a bad rap in popular culture.                 

CSB Finds Holes In Freedom Industry Tanks

July 17, 2014 10:37 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.                      

Chemical Leak Sickens 100

July 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 90 people, including primary school students, were sickened by a chemical leak from a Hong Kong ship in eastern Thailand on Thursday, authorities said.                      

Power Plant Fuel Leak Threatens River

July 16, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Polish officials say a malfunction at a coal power plant has caused a leakage of fuel, and emergency officials are working to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River.              

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Albemarle Buys Rockwood In $6.2B Deal

July 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company Albemarle is buying counterpart Rockwood Holdings Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.2 billion.                             

Is The Texas Fertilizer Explosion Doomed To Repeat Itself?

July 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

The small town of West, Texas recently marked the one year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200 others. Subsequent news on the accident went largely unnoticed, because it happened on April 17, two days after the Boston Marathon. But since the blast little has been done to ensure it won’t happen again.

Global Energy, Mining & Utilities Trend Report

July 14, 2014 4:35 pm | by Mergermarket | News | Comments

Q2 2014's global M&A targetting the Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU) sector recovered from a subdued Q1. Deal value increased 68.8% to US$ 143.8bn with 400 deals, up from 345 deals at US$ 85.2bn Q1 2014 and marking the hitest valued quarter in over a year (Q4 2012 valued at US$ 190.4bn).

Concerns Arise Over Returning Treated Water To Rivers

July 14, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental activists in East Tennessee are opposing a plan that calls for taking water from the Nolichucky River for use by a Greene County industrial chemical plant and then returning the treated water to the river.                       

Pipeline Breach Renews Call For More Monitoring

July 14, 2014 9:47 am | by JOSH WOOD, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.                                  

Chemical Plant Blast Injures 1

July 11, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                             

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

Study Shows WV Spill Chemical More Toxic Than Originally Thought

July 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                            

Drought Drives Texas To Drink Treated Wastewater

July 10, 2014 1:25 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.                              

Korean Firm To Pay $2M For Stealing DuPont Secrets

July 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean chemical company has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a criminal complaint alleging attempted theft of a competitor's trade secrets.                            

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.

Freedom Industries To Start Dismantling Next Week

July 9, 2014 2:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After running into asbestos problems, the company at the center of a January spill into West Virginia's biggest water supply plans to start dismantling its tanks Monday.                   

2 Injured In Fire At Chevron Phillips Chemical

July 8, 2014 11:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical says two people are injured after a fire at its Port Arthur facility. A statement from the company says the situation at the southeast Texas chemical plant is "under control" and that all personnel have been accounted for.

Investigation Into Chemical Leak Begins

July 8, 2014 10:53 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Yesterday's accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc. A worker was adding a chemical into a reactor to produce maleic anhydride and chemical reaction quickly produced a vapor that escaped before the worker could shut a lid. That worker inhaled the vapor and appeared to have injured his respiratory tract.

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