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Shale gas boom boosts demand for bio-based chemicals, report finds

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Bio-based chemicals are the unexpected beneficiaries of the North American shale gas boom, says a special report from IHS.
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EU, US approaches to chemical regulation: Is there middle ground?

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A large number of chemicals and food additives that are legal in the United States are banned for use in food and beverage manufacturing in some parts of the European Union. But does this mean that U.S. products put consumers at risk?
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Pesticide manufacturer fined for wrongful advertising of prairie dog bait

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Milwaukee-based pesticide manufacturer Liphatech, Inc., will have to pay a $738,000 fine for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
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Student develops more energy efficient process for emulsion production

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A more energy efficient process for emulsion production, with applications in the food industry and beyond, developed by a postdoctoral student in Birmingham, UK, has been recognized by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
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Teva gets approval for generic version of pain reliever Celebrex

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic versions of pain relieving drug product Celebrex (celecoxib).
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Investigation into Williams Partners' safety practices causes alarm

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Following a series of violations detected, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has started a federal investigation into the company's safety practices.
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Chemical Safety Board releases new evidence on Deepwater Horizon explosion

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has published a new report on the cause of the Deepwater Horizon rig oil spill in 2010, which killed 11 people and seriously injured 17 others.
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Louisiana governor restricts lawsuits against oil, gas companies

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The bill will result in a "fair and more predictable legal environment" and will support businesses and job creation in Louisiana, Gov. Jindal said.
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US, Canadian authorities recall chia seed powder after Salmonella outbreak

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (FIA) has announced a recall of a range of products containing sprouted chia seed powder over concerns about a possible Salmonella contamination.
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Keystone XL might be exposed to malicious actions, report warns

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Once constructed, TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline could be at risk of attacks that might threaten water supplies to a large number of households, according to a new report.
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