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Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most of the traces accumulated at very low levels, according to the DEQ report, although some sites reflected totals in excess of state limits or other benchmarks for human health and the environment.

EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to...

Big Retailers Pull Sales Of Weight-Loss Supplements With Dangerous Chemical

April 10, 2015 2:40 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The same report also details how two of the top officials now overseeing supplement regulation...

3 Finance Stories To Watch — And What They Mean For Chemical Manufacturers

April 9, 2015 10:05 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

From merging energy firms to yo-yoing oil prices, 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year to...

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Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report conceded that the recent crude price decline sharply curtailed the market, but said the underlying conditions that fostered growth in previous years would spark a rebound.

U.S. Again Leads In Petroleum And Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration.

Groups Seek Ban On Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“When toxic flame retardants burn — and they do burn — it creates a serious health risk for fire fighters,” said Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire.

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Study: Synthetic Hormones Harmed Fish Reproduction

April 2, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers said the findings raised concerns about the chemicals' effects on aquatic wildlife.

McDonald's Revamps Grilled Chicken To Cut Chemicals

April 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The change comes as McDonald's fights to hold onto customers amid the growing popularity of places like Chipotle that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives to traditional fast-food.

Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

Feds: Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals At Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials say the chemicals released are hazardous and can pose serious health risks to workers and the community.

Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's executives have criticized "60 Minutes," saying that the television program "distorted the facts" and used a test for its report that was not a "real-world" test.

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Chinese Chemical Company Set To Acquire Pirelli

March 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The acquisition would give China the intellectual property of the world's fifth-largest tire maker, while giving Pirelli greater access to the world's largest auto market amid potential competition in Asia from Michelin and Continental.

How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Public pressure on drug manufacturers coupled with some companies’ opposition to the practice has cut off supplies, leading to shortages of the drugs used in lethal injections.

Freedom Industries Pleads Guilty To Pollution Charges

March 23, 2015 6:09 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An FBI affidavit says Freedom knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant but never dealt with them. Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the spill.

Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

The Chemistry Behind Craft Beer

March 20, 2015 2:54 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Drink up to this fun video about the chemistry that gives craft beers their many distinctive flavors.                                                                                                                                    

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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels Of Arsenic In Some Vino—Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Talk about a bad wine pairing.

Largest U.S. Cache Of Chemical Weapons About To Be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 2:50 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. acquired 30,600 tons of mustard and nerve agents, but it never used them in war. Nearly 90 percent of its original stockpile has already been destroyed.             

Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 17, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“Carbon dioxide is 15 percent of the gas coming off a power plant, so a carbon-capture unit is going to be big.”                       

Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"There are many molecules in nature with some extraordinary natural properties that are incredibly hard to make and just aren't available to be purchased in a catalog."

Dow Signs On To Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 16, 2015 10:06 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

This recent move will make it the first company in the U.S. to power a manufacturing plant with renewable energy on such a grand scale.                  

Chemical Regulations Act Gets A Major Reboot—But Not Everyone Is Applauding

March 11, 2015 8:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

On Tuesday, a pair of Senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill  —called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced...   

Senator Faces Scrutiny Over Sweeping Chemical Bill

March 11, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and a Senate colleague have introduced a bill that would overhaul 40-year-old federal regulations that govern the nation's chemical industry. The bill submitted Tuesday and co-sponsored by Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter,...

Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations To Protect Honeybees

March 11, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dozens of groups asked the Obama administration to bolster regulations of pesticides that, they argued, led to sharply declining populations of honeybees and other helpful insects. The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency...

Chemical Exposure Could Cost Billions In Health Care Expenses

March 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Newly released analysis estimated that economic impact caused by exposure to common household chemicals total $209 billion per year in Europe. The study focuses on hormone-disrupting chemicals, which are present in products including...

Fallout From Formaldehyde Scandal Continues For Lumber Liquidators

March 5, 2015 9:52 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) is urging a federal investigation of Lumber Liquidators after a news report last Sunday showed how the company has been selling Chinese-manufactured flooring with higher-than-acceptable levels of formaldehyde. The senator sent a letter to several federal agencies...

Dow's Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 4, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices. Doug May, an executive with the Michigan-based chemical giant, told a Chicago audience that the company anticipates the U.S. natural gas...

Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

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