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Japanese chemical company to open new facility in Georgia

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The new plant will manufacture fiber-free potassium titanate, called Terracess, which is used in the production of brake pads.
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Government report accuses federal agency of lax oversight of oil, gas wells

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According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management has neglected its duties in overseeing oil and gas wells.
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CDC senior official calls for ban on raw milk sales

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling for a ban or a restriction on the sale of raw milk, as a means to reduce the number of foodborne diseases originating from raw milk consumption.
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Bayer to take over Merck's consumer care business in $14.2 billion deal

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German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is acquiring the over-the-counter medicines business of U.S. rival Merck & Co., Inc.
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Energy demands drive Coriolis flowmeter market, study finds

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According to a recent study from Flow Research, the increased cost of oil and heightened demand for natural gas has put a premium on custody transfer in the flowmeter markets.
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Fracking could pose threat to water utilities, report warns

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Potential contamination, reduced water supplies and infrastructure and cost pressure due to fracking mean that water utilities could suffer severe credit deterioration.
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FDA orders cheese company to cease operations due to Listeria contamination

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A U.S. district court judge has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the U.S. FDA and Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, LLC, after federal inspectors repeatedly asked the company to improve its manufacturing processes to prevent Listeria contamination.
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TransCanada CEO: Keystone XL delays may cost jobs in Canada

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Jobs may be lost in Canada due to delays in the Obama administration's decision regarding construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to TransCanada's CEO.
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MarkWest to expand processing capacity in Marcellus Shale

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The company said it will add two new new cryogenic processing plants at its Sherwood complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia and its Mobley Complex in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
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BASF mulls multi-billion dollar Gulf Coast investment in methane-to-propylene complex

Propylene in short supply due to shift to ethane feedstocks drawn from shale gas, IHS Chemical notes
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Chemical producer BASF is evaluating an investment in a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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