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Pennsylvania sues oil companies over use of gasoline additive

The state of Pennsylvania has started lawsuits against dozens of oil companies and refiners, accusing them of contaminating groundwater with the gasoline additive Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE).
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AFGE warns lawmakers against USDA poultry inspection reform

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is asking lawmakers to support the industry in its attempts to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing reforms that it claims might put the nation's food safety at risk.
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Missouri files lawsuit against Tyson Foods over water contamination

Missouri's Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods, accusing the company of illegally discharging untreated industrial wastewater into Clear Creek in the southwestern part of the state.
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Minnesota bans use of triclosan in consumer products

The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, has signed a bill that effectively outlaws the use of triclosan in products such as soaps, shampoos and body washes.
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Chevron Phillips Chemical breaks ground on $6 billion petrochemical project

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP has announced the official start of the second stage of its $6 billion investment in its U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project.
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Oklahoma's seismic activity surpasses that of California in 2014

So far in 2014 Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California, and many experts believe that the unusual seismic activity is linked to the sharp increase in oil and gas drilling operations.
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China's gas demand to almost double by 2019, IEA says

Demand for natural gas in China will grow to 315 billion cubic meters by 2019, according to the 2014 Medium-Term Gas Market Report by the International Energy Agency.
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Metal finishing company to pay $118,000 penalty for poor hazardous waste management

Aero-Dynamics, Inc, a metal finishing company based in Seabrook, New Hampshire, has reached a settlement with the U.S. EPA over the company's poor practices in the disposal of hazardous waste.
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Scientists seek alternatives to wastewater wells in wake of Greeley earthquake

A team of scientists from the University of Colorado has been carrying out seismographic research in the area of the recent Greeley earthquake in order to determine if it was connected to nearby gas fracking wastewater wells.
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US federal agencies prescribe measures to enhance chemical safety

A federal working group that includes the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has brought forth measures to improve chemical plant safety and security.
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