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Total to modernize Antwerp refining and petrochemical platform

Total has approved a €1 billion modernization project for its Antwerp production facilities, the company’s largest European refining and petrochemical platform. Total says the decision is in line with the Group’s strategy of focusing its investment on its large integrated platforms to position them among the most competitive of the industry.
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British mining company takes US government to court over uranium mining

British mining company Vane Minerals has started legal action against the U.S. government over its decision to impose a moratorium on new mining operations for 20 years on more than 1 million acres outside the Grand Canyon.
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European refineries struggle to stay afloat

European refineries are losing ground to their counterparts across the Atlantic, where the U.S. refining sector is flourishing thanks to its access to cheap and abundant feedstock produced from unconventional oil.
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Germany in midst of huge chemical boost

Following the hard times that German chemical companies experienced in 2009 it appears that the country's chemical industry is approaching a real renaissance, as major industry players are ready to ramp up production.
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Ukraine to focus on resources development in search for energy independence

Ukraine will keep its position as a key energy sector partner of the European Union, particularly in regard to gas transportation and storage, according to the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.
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Italian plastics firm to open plant in Tennessee

Italian plastics company So.F.Ter Group has announced plans to open its first U.S. operation in Tennessee. The company said that it will invest $11.5 million in the facility in Wilson County, which will initially employ 50 people.
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Third of global food production wasted or lost

According to the United Nations 1.3 billion tons -- or a third of global food production -- is wasted or lost each year.
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Study links BPA exposure to undescended testicles

New research presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in San Francisco has suggested that fetal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) is linked to undescended testicles in newborn boys.
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Mining companies to be forced to disclose payment details

Canada is introducing mandatory payment disclosure rules for mining companies in a bid to increase transparency in transactions and business operations.
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AstraZeneca to build new HQ, research center in Cambridge, UK

AstraZeneca is investing about £330 million ($515.6 million) in its new building, which will host a global R&D center.
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