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.

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
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
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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
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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
Investment firm Elliott Advisors last week announced an effort to remove the chairman of AkzoNobel's board amid continued criticism of the Dutch chemical...
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7.11.2017
9:37am
A new study suggests that industrial waste from plants along the Ohio River resulted in nearby residents with elevated levels of potentially harmful chemicals.
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7.7.2017
9:15am
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Household chemicals and pharmaceuticals could be jeopardizing freshwater fish populations in the U.K., according to a newly released study.
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7.6.2017
9:22am
Fabric fragments discovered in the deserts of southern Israel suggest that chemical textile dyes were in use earlier than previously thought.
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7.5.2017
9:28am
Researchers recently detailed a potentially revolutionary new method to test for the presence chemicals with the help of widely available cotton fabric.
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6.30.2017
1:54pm
The world's largest chemical company is considering getting into the crop seed business amid a wave of consolidation in both industries.
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6.30.2017
9:14am
A draft report released by the Environmental Protection Agency found about 50 violations of the Clean Air Act at the plant.
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6.29.2017
9:06am
The Velsicol plant was famously the site of a mix-up of Firemaster flame retardant and cattle feed supplement Nutrimaster more than four decades ago.
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6.27.2017
4:38pm
A recent study suggests that hair dye and other women's hair care products could be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
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6.27.2017
9:10am
Chemours this week vowed to remove traces of a chemical used to produce Teflon non-stick coating from wastewater at its plant in North Carolina.
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6.22.2017
4:11pm
The Environmental Protection Agency this week reportedly plans to release details about how the first 10 high-priority chemicals will be studied under new...
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6.22.2017
9:28am
A group of Long Island homeowners recently filed a lawsuit against 3M over allegations that its firefighting foam led to contamination of the nearby...
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6.20.2017
9:30am
The Environmental Protection Agency's 25-year-old program to highlight products made with "safer" alternative chemicals faces an uncertain...
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6.9.2017
10:16am
Texas energy regulators believe that the state is poised to capitalize on the nation's potential to export liquefied natural gas.
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6.7.2017
3:16pm
Two mid-Atlantic cities this week alleged that a slew of chemical companies conspired to inflate prices of a compound used to treat their respective water...
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6.7.2017
9:32am
Environmental advocates this week renewed their calls for a prompt ban on certain paint stripping chemicals after the death of a 21-year-old Tennessee man.
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6.6.2017
9:16am
Australian researchers identified a wide array of potentially harmful chemicals in turtles living near the Great Barrier Reef.
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6.5.2017
9:22am
A chemical expert recently urged companies to be transparent about the substances in their products as the technology available to advocacy groups becomes...
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6.2.2017
9:24am
Eastman Chemical this week announced the largest expansion of its films operations to date.
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6.1.2017
8:56am
Employees at a St. Louis packaging company noticed a leak from a pressure vessel three days before it exploded and killed four people.
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5.31.2017
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