Andy Szal
Senior Reporter

Andy Szal writes about manufacturing, technology, energy, food, labor and regulatory issues for Advantage Business Media's manufacturing group. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wisconsin.

The largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster apparently occurred nearly three weeks ago — only to essentially vanish...
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11.1.2017
3:14pm
Officials in California are reportedly considering a plan that would see the largest U.S. state join the U.K., France and China in phasing out conventional...
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9.29.2017
9:21am
As West Texas continues to reap the rewards of a humming oil industry, some experts are warning that harder times could be on the horizon.
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9.27.2017
9:42am
Residents affected by recent flooding in south Texas can take steps to monitor their exposure to hazardous chemicals that could be floating in floodwaters.
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9.25.2017
9:42am
European chemical giants BASF and Solvay this week announced an agreement for the sale of Solvay's polyamides business for more than $1.9 billion.
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9.21.2017
1:09pm
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Fracking has triggered the boom in the sand mining industry around the country.
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9.21.2017
9:38am
Federal workplace safety officials and a top chemical industry group last week announced a partnership to raise awareness about the use of hazardous chemicals...
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9.20.2017
9:11am
Two longtime chemical industry collaborators are now locked in a bitter legal dispute over allegations that they attempted to sabotage each other’s business.
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9.19.2017
8:48am
A newly released study indicates that tiny components of tattoo ink can travel throughout the human body and affect the lymph nodes over a long period of time.
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9.15.2017
3:43pm
Chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer this week announced a partnership with a Boston biotechnology firm in hopes of reducing farmers' reliance on...
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9.14.2017
3:56pm
Maintenance work at a Tennessee polysilicon plant again prompted warnings about hazardous chemicals this week.
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9.14.2017
9:18am
A Dutch company that all but abandoned the chemical industry in favor of an environmentally conscious approach is reaping rising profits and sharp stock price...
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9.13.2017
9:27am
The AkzoNobel executives that repeatedly rebuffed acquisition overtures from rival paint maker PPG either departed or are preparing to do so as the company...
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9.12.2017
8:57am
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The numbers are expected to grow when September filings are factored in.
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9.6.2017
2:15pm
A leak at a Tennessee polysilicon plant last week reportedly resulted in five workers who were hospitalized with chemical burns.
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9.5.2017
8:41am
Federal health authorities warn that as the Houston area continues to deal with unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, household chemicals are among the...
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8.31.2017
9:26am
"Nobody else has this number," Dirk Demuth, senior vice president of the German chemical giant's catalysts division, said.
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8.29.2017
9:19am
An industry group argues that liquefied natural gas exports put its members at a competitive disadvantage and recently called on the White House to place a...
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8.23.2017
9:10am
A jury this week awarded $417 million to a Los Angeles woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on Johnson’s Baby Powder.
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8.23.2017
9:08am
Agribusiness giant Monsanto is under fire for herbicide application instructions that some farmers consider to be impossible to properly follow.
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8.22.2017
9:19am
Some of the world's agribusiness giants are bolstering their efforts to develop a sugar alternative that approximates the real thing without artificial...
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8.18.2017
2:50pm
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A study by Harvard University engineers details a new rubber material that essentially heals itself when ripped or punctured.
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8.18.2017
9:18am
A chemical treatment process developed by researchers at Japan's Kyoto University could one day allow automakers to replace steel with material made from...
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8.17.2017
9:19am
Concerns about eggs contaminated by an illegal insecticide have ravaged the egg industry in Europe — despite no reports of any illnesses stemming from the...
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8.15.2017
9:16am
A newly developed treatment for plastic could one day allow it to be used in many more applications, according to a recent study.
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8.11.2017
9:19am
Residents near a western New Jersey chemical plant reportedly want the company's environmental consultant to provide additional information about possible...
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8.10.2017
11:44am
A new report suggests that improperly shipped materials from the nation's nuclear weapons facilities could pose risks to unwitting workers and the public.
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8.4.2017
1:33pm
Walmart this year became the first major retailer to join a list of companies that detailed the hazardous chemicals used in their products and supply chain.
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8.4.2017
9:39am
Smaller chemical testing firms reportedly hope to capitalize on new concerns over a common solvent.
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8.1.2017
9:11am
As engineers and scientists around the world look to new technologies to help cool the planet, one research team believes that the answer could lie in abundant...
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7.31.2017
9:27am
Ben & Jerry's became the latest food company to come under fire after tests showed evidence of a common herbicide in its products.
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7.28.2017
9:28am
Brazil's coffee industry is bracing for a rough year in part due to an infestation of a beetle previously controlled by a now-banned pesticide.
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7.28.2017
9:17am
The plant, located near the border with Maryland, produced explosives for DuPont for more than four decades, including dynamite, nitroglycerine and smokeless...
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7.26.2017
9:56am
A girls' clothing retailer is disputing a report that a variety of its makeup contains traces of asbestos.
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7.21.2017
12:59pm
California regulators this week established new restrictions on a chemical — and suspected carcinogen — found in dozens of the state’s water systems.
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7.20.2017
9:24am
Ireland-based retailer Primark reportedly recalled a series of its men's flip-flops due to concerns that they could include elevated levels of a...
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7.19.2017
9:27am
A recent study suggests that stress could amplify the effects of toxic chemical exposure on pregnant women.
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7.18.2017
9:14am
A federal judge this week sought more specifics about plans to rehabilitate a Virginia river contaminated by a former DuPont plant.
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7.17.2017
9:29am
Chemicals from agricultural, industrial and oil operations are reportedly contributing to contaminated groundwater affecting hundreds of thousands of...
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7.13.2017
9:30am