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Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Fracking is a booming business in Pennsylvania and some nearby residents in New York, where fracking is now banned, want a piece of it. According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial...

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads—running in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and on consumer, news and health websites—urge readers to "listen to the science" on BPA, a synthetic...

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How GE Is Building The Next Industrial Era

March 3, 2015 1:40 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Business cycles have always been opportunities for GE, and today’s environment of lower oil prices is no different. To take advantage of a volatile world, GE has been investing in its core infrastructure businesses, simplifying its operations, and leading the next industrial era of machines connected...

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OH Sues BP For More Than $33M In Cleanup Of Storage Tanks

March 3, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state. The state's attorney general and the Ohio Petroleum...

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020. The analysis by New York-based PMR Research projects the value of the domestic graphite market to increase from $13.6 billion in 2013 to more than $17.5 billion by the start of the new...

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US Auto Sales Up In February Despite Snowy Weather

March 3, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow likely took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales in February, but most automakers still reported gains thanks to the strong economy. General Motors' sales rose 4.2 percent over last February, while Chrysler's sales were up 5.6 percent....

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Airlines Stop Accepting Rechargeable Battery Shipments

March 3, 2015 10:28 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments...

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NY Lawmakers To Try Again To Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

March 3, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers have reintroduced legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys — but the legislation continues to face opposition from toy manufacturers. Republican Sen. Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright said Monday they will push the legislation again after it failed...

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Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill

March 3, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a diesel fuel spill in the Appomattox River. Virginia American Water spokeswoman Samantha Villegas tells media outlets that about 600 gallons of fuel spilled into the river from property owned...

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EU Nations Get Power To Ban Genetically Modified Crops

March 3, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority. The 28 EU member states on Monday approved the rule that national governments can have the final say in the matter — a move that goes counter to many...

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit From West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 9:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in February as the PMI registered 52.9 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percentage...

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Emerging Digital-Supply Networks Could Further Supply Chain Sustainability Progress

March 3, 2015 9:27 am | by Gary Hanifan | Comments

Despite progress in the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices intended to address environmental risk, the 2014-2015 CDP supply chain report suggests that suppliers in major economies could increase their resilience. The report identified significant business opportunities that could help efforts to combat...

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Google To Enter Wireless Market

March 2, 2015 5:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai on Monday confirmed long-running speculation that the company would begin providing wireless...

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NASA Spacecraft Making First Visit To Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit...

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Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail In New Orleans

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled. The department said in a statement Sunday night that it received a report of the derailment around 6:15 p.m. The statement says...

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified...

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Next Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through Amazon Jungle

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic...

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Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

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Industrial IoT Insight: Q&A With Aidan Quilligan

March 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Many manufacturers reap the rewards of the Industrial IoT, but some have yet to join the movement. Aidan Quilligan, head of Accenture’s Industrial Software Solutions Practice, gave us insight into obstacles and benefits, data security, trends and predictions...

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Dearth Of Jobs A Barrier To Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 3:13 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents...

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Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

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