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Report: Imperial Sugar Ignored Dangers Before Blast

September 24, 2009 7:48 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Imperial Sugar and managers of its Georgia refinery ignored dangers of explosive dust for decades before explosion last year that killed 14 people, federal investigators said.

Ukraine To Auction Off Chemical Plant

September 22, 2009 4:59 am | News | Comments

Cash-strapped government began final preparations Tuesday to sell a key chemical plant despite a presidential order banning the sale.

Chemtura Plans To Close Indiana Factory

September 18, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Household chemicals maker has asked a New York bankruptcy court to let it consolidate operations at its Bio-Lab Inc. plant in Ashley, Ind., into a Georgia factory.

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Chemicals Dumped By Factory Kill 3 In China

September 16, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Three people have died and an additional 17 required medical treatment after they were exposed to bags of a toxic chemical illegally dumped by a factory in eastern China.

Air Products Raises North American Prices, Charges

September 15, 2009 10:45 am | News | Comments

Company will raise North American prices and monthly service charges for liquid and bulk industrial gas products starting Oct. 1 due to higher costs of running plants.

Inadequate Systems Behind T2 Blast In 2007

September 15, 2009 10:41 am | by Ron Word, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

T2 Laboratories explosion that killed four and injured 32 likely caused by an inadequate cooling system and a system that couldn't contain an out-of-control chemical reaction.

Washington State Struggles With Toxic Chemicals List

September 15, 2009 5:31 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Nine months after the deadline, state still months from creating list of top 50 chemicals that manufacturers of children's products would be required to disclose.

Dow Selling Plastic Pigment Product Line To Omnova

September 10, 2009 9:57 am | by Sandy Shore, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Chemical company said it will sell its hollow sphere plastic pigment product line to Omnova Solutions and close two production units at a Texas plant.

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IEA Sees Global Oil Demand Rising Amid Recovery

September 10, 2009 5:06 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Slump in oil demand in 2009 will be less severe than previously forecast and consumption will increase next year as world economy stabilizes, International Energy Agency said.

OPEC Not Considering Production Cutbacks

September 9, 2009 9:50 am | by Tarek El-Tablawy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Organization appeared poised to hold oil production quotas unchanged Wednesday, with its ministers voicing satisfaction with current global crude prices.

Albemarle: Chemical Industry Recovering

September 9, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

CEO of Albemarle Corp. said Tuesday that the focus in specialty chemicals industry is moving toward growth as demand appears to be stabilizing.

Merck Acquires China's Taizhu

September 9, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

German drug and chemical maker said it bought Chinese pigment company Suzhou Taizhu Technology Development Co. Ltd. in effort to expand in the fast-growing market.

Huntsman Bids $415 Million For Tronox Assets

August 31, 2009 6:30 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chemical company Huntsman Inc. has offered to pay about $415 million for Tronox Inc.'s titanium dioxide and electrolytics businesses.

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Fire Rages At Michigan Fuel Storage Plant

August 27, 2009 10:28 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Blaze that started near a rail tanker car at a chemical plant spread quickly to silos holding gasoline, causing an inferno and forcing evacuations in the area.

Bayer Unit To Cut Storage Of Toxic Chemical

August 26, 2009 11:05 am | News | Comments

Chief of Bayer CropScience says its West Virginia plant will reduce storage of deadly chemical, methyl isocyanate, by 80 percent.

Indiana Chemical Plant Agrees To $425,000 EPA Fine

August 26, 2009 8:30 am | News | Comments

Vertellus Agriculture and Nutrition Specialties has agreed to pay a $425,000 penalty and spend $705,000 on pollution control upgrades to settle alleged clean air violations.

Celanese Hikes Prices Of Acrylic-Based Emulsions

August 26, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Chemical maker said it will increase the price of all its acrylic-based emulsions in North America effective Sept. 15 or as contracts allow.

Fire Extinguished At Detroit Chemical Plant

August 25, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

Officials say no one was injured at Diversified Chemical Technologies Inc. after several explosions inside the plant forced employees and nearby businesses to evacuate.

Oil Hits Highest Level This Year

August 21, 2009 8:01 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Oil prices hit their highest level this year, reaching over $74 a barrel after a strong rise in China's bellwether stock market gave global investors confidence.

DuPont To Consolidate Businesses

August 13, 2009 5:53 am | News | Comments

Chemical maker says it chief financial officer will move to a new role as the company consolidates its 23 businesses into 14.

IEA Raises 2009, 2010 Forecast For Oil Demand

August 12, 2009 5:18 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

International Energy Agency raised forecasts for global oil demand, expecting increased appetite for energy in China while demand is expected to fall in Europe and North America.

Pennsylvania Chemical Company Restarts Idled Plant

August 11, 2009 10:40 am | News | Comments

Indspec Chemical Corp. is restarting its idled chemical plant in western Pennsylvania with all of its more than 250 workers expected back by next week.

Kuwait Says Oil Prices OK For Now

August 4, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

Kuwaiti energy minister hopes oil prices will stay between $70 and $80 a barrel, adding prices above $100 could backfire on producers by lowering demand.

Dow Chemical Selling Texas Assets To Arkema

August 3, 2009 9:40 am | News | Comments

Chemical company is selling a Texas acrylic acid and esters plant and a specialty latex business to Arkema for $50 million.

China Chemical Plant Leak Sickens 500

August 3, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

More than 500 villagers in central China have been found to have high concentrations of cadmium, a metal used to make batteries, in their bodies after a series of leaks from a chemical plant.

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