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Explosion at Quebec chemical plant injures one

An explosion at a chemical plant in Becancour, Quebec, caused injuries to one person but is not expected to result in any environmental damage.
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Canadian study deems BPA in food packaging safe for pregnant women

Exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging in doses the general population is likely to experience on a daily basis is not expected to pose any health risks, even to newborns and young children.
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Wal-Mart to spend more than $48 million on food safety in China

Supermarket chain Wal-Mart has pledged to increase its investments in China's food safety threefold, following the scandal in which fox meat was sold as donkey meat in the Asian country.
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Survey reveals trends in US fracking wastewater regulation

The role of hydraulic fracturing for the growth of the U.S. energy sector is undeniable but states seem to have widely divergent views when it comes to the technology in general and to fracking wastewater regulation in particular.
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Study suggests link between socioeconomic status, Campylobacter infections

A new study by the Emerging Infections Program at Yale School of Public Health has revealed that there is a link between socioeconomic status and the risk of falling ill with campylobacteriosis.
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US Supreme Court backs EPA carbon emission regulation for power plants

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the rule introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency that requires new and rebuilt power plants and factories to limit their carbon dioxide emissions using the "best available technology" under the federal Clean Air Act.
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Shell to sell midstream unit shares worth $750 million

Shell Midstream Partners, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, is planning to launch an IPO of up to $750 million in shares in an effort to deliver more value to its shareholders.
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US regulator to tighten scrutiny on potential drug delay deals

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced plans to increase probes into pharmaceutical deals that potentially harm competition by delaying the launch of generic drugs on the market.
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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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