Andy Szal
Digital 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 ability to store electricity for long periods of time will be increasingly important as the world begins to rely more and more on inconsistent energy...
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5.24.2017
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Petrochemical giant LyondellBasell last week broke ground on a new polyethylene plant at its complex in La Porte, Texas.
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5.22.2017
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Dow Chemical will reportedly conduct additional groundwater testing near a West Virginia facility already at the center of a legal spat.
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5.19.2017
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The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a new chemical that, for the first time under new federal standards, included stipulations on how the...
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5.17.2017
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A report showed that shipments of corn and soybeans were imported into the U.S. from Turkey with organic labels — despite ample evidence that they were treated...
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5.16.2017
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New applications for bio-based chemicals include everything from cosmetics to food packaging to vehicle seat cushions
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5.16.2017
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ExxonMobil last week announced plans to add one of the world's top aromatics facilities to its chemical operations in Singapore later this year.
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5.15.2017
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Dow Chemical has announced $4 billion in additional investments across its global network — including substantial capital projects in Europe, the U.S. Gulf...
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5.12.2017
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The nation's top chemical manufacturers saw lower sales last year amid low oil prices and slow economic growth.
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5.12.2017
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Bayer plans to sell off one of its crop protection brands to appease antitrust regulators reviewing its proposed merger with U.S. rival Monsanto.
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5.11.2017
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Japanese researchers hope that a new catalyst will enable them to develop the first practical system capable of producing ammonia at a smaller scale.
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5.10.2017
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The facility produces synthetic organic chemical products — including plastics, adhesives and resins — in part with highly flammable vinyl acetate monomer.
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5.9.2017
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It remains unclear whether today's advanced airships will ever resume the use of hydrogen.
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5.8.2017
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European Union officials last week announced new guidelines for member nations and other countries to assess risks near chemical facilities.
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5.5.2017
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The chemical industry broadly supported an overhaul of the nation's chemical oversight laws passed last year.
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5.4.2017
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One of the dozens of companies blamed for the pollution was Diamond Alkali, which produced pesticides — most notably the potent herbicide Agent Orange — at a...
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5.3.2017
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A West Virginia college has announced a lawsuit against Dow Chemical over contaminated groundwater on its campus.
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4.28.2017
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ExxonMobil should pay nearly $20 million for pollution violations at a Houston-area refinery and chemical plant, a federal judge ruled this week.
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4.28.2017
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The U.S. this week sanctioned workers at a Syrian government science agency as part of the continued response to a sarin attack on civilians early in April.
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4.27.2017
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A recent study warns that plastic pollution in the oceans is increasingly posing a danger to marine life thousands of miles from its sources.
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4.26.2017
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An internal memo from Environmental Protection Agency officials late last month provided additional details into the depth of agency cuts planned by the Trump...
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4.25.2017
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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board this week said that an overheated pump likely led to a fatal explosion in Florida last summer — and that industrial gas...
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4.24.2017
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Pharmacy chain CVS this week announced plans to remove three chemical groups from hundreds of its store-brand products.
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4.21.2017
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Researchers from the nonprofit Southwest Research Institute recently detailed a method to neutralize hazardous materials without contaminating the surrounding...
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4.20.2017
9:22am
The chemical trade between the U.K. and the rest of the EU is reportedly worth $42 billion annually.
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4.19.2017
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A BP and DuPont biofuels joint venture recently acquired a Kansas ethanol plant in an effort to produce a common petrochemical from renewable sources.
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4.18.2017
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Louisiana State University recently unveiled a new laboratory with help from the world's largest chemical company.
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4.17.2017
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The man who helped invent the modern lithium-ion battery nearly 40 years ago recently led a study, at age 94, that could render that technology obsolete.
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4.13.2017
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A researcher told a recent chemical industry conference that safer alternatives to conventional chemicals already exist — but that they need more support from...
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4.12.2017
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Investors are increasingly convinced that the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries are close to capitalizing on recent breakthroughs in biology.
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4.10.2017
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Five top Baker Hughes executives will reportedly receive more than $100 million in combined payouts after the oilfield services giant merges with GE's oil...
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4.10.2017
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Tuesday marked Equal Pay Day in the U.S., the approximate date in each year to which women would have to work to match their male counterparts' wages from...
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4.7.2017
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The Environmental Protection Agency reportedly plans to give chemical manufacturers an additional 20 months to comply with new risk management requirements.
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4.6.2017
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The world's largest brewer recently announced the beginning of an eight-year transition to entirely renewable energy.
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4.4.2017
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Eight senators last week announced the formation of a new group to assess issues related to chemistry and the nation's chemical sector.
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4.3.2017
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A newly released study suggests that a common — and toxic — flame retardant chemical is produced naturally by bacteria that live in tropical-dwelling sponges.
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3.31.2017
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An Italian biochemical pioneer plans to partner with an Atlanta company to build its first U.S. refinery.
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3.30.2017
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A California utility is spending millions to discreetly clear up contaminated soil in an iconic San Francisco neighborhood.
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3.29.2017
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A prominent chemical industry group called for an increased emphasis on uniform regulations instead of multi-national trade agreements.
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3.24.2017
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