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US chemical production falls slightly in September

November 15, 2013
Chemical production activity in the United States dropped by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August.
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Global polycarbonate capacity to grow more than 5% by 2018

November 15, 2013
The global polycarbonate market is set to increase by 3.2% in 2013, with demand reaching 3.7 million metric tons.
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Chemical release reported at Illinois plant, 18 sickened

November 13, 2013
The local fire department, ambulances and a hazardous materials crew were sent to the Stepan Chemical Company facility in response to an alert over the release of a heat transfer fluid known as Therminol.
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EU working on tighter fracking regulation

November 13, 2013
The European Parliament supports an amendment to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, which states that all operations for hydraulic fracturing for coal bed methane and for shale and shale-like formations should go through environmental impact assessments.
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Texas drillers turn to water recycling

November 13, 2013
While just a few years ago drillers thought that water recycling systems were nothing but an unnecessary expense, these days the vast majority of shale gas and oil drilling companies have fully embraced water recycling.
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FDA moves to ban trans fats in processed food

November 13, 2013
Trans fats, known for increasing bad cholesterol and raising the risk of heart attack, are commonly used by the food processing industry in products such as margarine, coffee creamers, frozen pizza, crackers and microwave popcorn.
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OSHA finds numerous violations at Connecticut metal processing plant

November 12, 2013
Aerospace processing firm Har-Conn Chrome Co. Inc. has been cited for numerous breaches of workplace health and safety at its facility in West Hartford, Conn.
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FDA to introduce animal food regulation

November 12, 2013
Rules in this particular area have never been implemented before and the proposal specifically addresses the manufacturing, processing, packing and holding of animal food.
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Enbridge submits plans for new pipeline to Minnesota, Wisconsin

November 12, 2013
Minnesota regulators are to examine plans for a new pipeline that would carry crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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Water scarcity issues to impact global businesses within five years, report claims

November 12, 2013
According to the new Global Water Report 2013, water scarcity problems are set to become more common over the years to come and businesses need to change their approach to water-related risk management.
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