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CA Panel Recommends Warning Labels For BPA

May 14, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A panel recommended that the state add BPA to its list of harmful chemicals.

Studies: When A Chemical Spill Hits, Officials Get The Science Wrong

May 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Meagan, Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Science is often left out of the process of informing the public about disasters.

Inside Watts Bar Nuclear Plant — One Of The Longest Building Projects In US History

May 13, 2015 2:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

It’s taken so long to complete, the new nuclear plant will run on 1970s-era technology.

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Drones Could Enhance Safety At Chemical Plants

May 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way.

Meet The ‘Breaking Bad’ Chemist Who’s Helping Make Science Cool

May 8, 2015 9:17 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

“Science wasn’t just a part of the show,” Dr. Donna Nelson said during her keynote. “Science was the star of the show.”

Scientists Use Solar Energy To Make Chemical Building Blocks For Manufacturing

May 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers believe a newly developed system could substitute solar energy for fossil fuels in a variety of industrial processes.

Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sales Of Chinese-Made Flooring

May 7, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators also said last week in a regulatory filing that the Justice Department is seeking charges under the Lacey Act which, among other things, bans illegally sourced wood products.

The World’s Largest Chemical Complex — By The (Big) Numbers

May 6, 2015 3:18 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Here’s a quick look inside the mammoth facility, by the numbers.

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Report: EPA To Ease Testing Requirements In Formaldehyde Rule

May 5, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The issue also arose recently following concerns over laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators and others.

Report: 'Safer' Chemistry Expected To Outperform Overall Chemical Market

May 5, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“This report demonstrates what many in the industry have believed: that safer chemicals are the future, not just for safety and health, but for business itself,” ASBC CEO David Levine said in a statement.

How Chemical Companies Are Part Of The Solution — And Problem — For Climate Change

May 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a look at which companies have big plans to fight climate change, who still denies it, and how chemicals companies play a unique role in the debate.

Study: Trace Amount Of Drilling Chemical Found In Water Well

May 5, 2015 10:08 am | by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday.

Dow Chemical To Trim About Three Percent Of Global Workforce

May 4, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says the cuts will reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,750 positions. Dow Chemical employed about 53,000 people worldwide at the end of last year.

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Dow Chemical Selling AgroFresh Business For $860M

April 30, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical's chief financial officer, Howard Ungerleider, said Thursday that the sale of AgroFresh is part of the company's plan to selectively shift its portfolio away from businesses that are no longer a strategic fit.

Thai-Japanese Venture Eyes Ohio For Massive Chemical Plant

April 29, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Ohio is at the center of America’s new energy industry, and the smart companies want to come here to be part of the great things that are happening," said Gov. John Kasich.

Scientists Engineer Natural Replacement For Pesticides

April 28, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Cardiff Professor Rudolf Allemann, who led the research, said scientists have long known about the abilities of organisms to communicate, find food or avoid attacks through smell.

Retrospective: Safety In Chem Over The Years

April 28, 2015 9:41 am | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

In those days, no one knew what “culture of safety” meant, but we sure knew the problems that resulted from not caring about safety. It was a tough trail – much more frontier medicine than safety science.

Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

April 27, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturers rely heavily on natural gas, and Borné said low prices in recent years spurred a $20 billion expansion on Louisiana's chemical industry since 2009, along with plans for $40 billion in current or future construction.

DuPont Hopes Acquisition Will Bolster Crop Products

April 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The acquisition is just the latest in a pattern of agribusiness giants seeking to expand their biological capabilities. The market is currently valued at about $2 billion with a projected growth rate of 10 to 15 percent, according to Reuters.

3 Trends Driving Growth In The Interconnected Auto And Chemicals Markets

April 22, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

What’s driving up demand? Here are the three trends that will spell growth for cars and chemicals in the coming years.

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 halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

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 at the FDA are former leaders of the supplement industry’s largest trade and lobbying group.

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 follow the money. But if you manage a chemical facility, how can you cash in on the changes?

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.

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