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California senator proposes stricter safety rules on chemical plants

July 12, 2013
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has called for state and federal agencies to review rules for handling the potentially explosive fertilizer ammonium nitrate, claiming that lax oversight may be a risk factor for possible future incidents.
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Shale gas leading to $72 billion in US chemical-industry investments, half-million jobs

July 12, 2013
Abundant shale gas has transformed America’s chemical industry from the world’s high-cost producer five years ago to among the world’s lowest-cost producers today. Thus, the United States enjoys a decisive advantage in the cost of producing basic petrochemicals.
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Mistakes in dangerous chemicals reporting put lives at risk, investigation reveals

July 11, 2013
The federal program that aims to inform the U.S. population of the presence of hazardous chemicals is dangerously compromised in many states and could be ineffective in the event of an incident.
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Explosion at West Virginia natural gas well injures five workers

July 11, 2013
A blast at a natural gas well site near New Milton in Doddridge County, W.Va., on July 7 injured at least five people.
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Generic drug patent settlements cut costs for health systems, study finds

July 11, 2013
The U.S. health system saved a total of $25.5 billion between 2005 and 2012 thanks to generic drugs being launched on the market before patent expirations as a result of patent settlements.
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Ashland subsidiary to pay $2 million penalty for violations at resin disposal site

July 10, 2013
The settlement pertains to the company’s failure to notify EPA about three uncontrolled releases of hazardous substances from the site’s treatment system.
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Interim report reveals progress in Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction

July 10, 2013
The 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed is the largest in North America but for many years has also been one of the most polluted.
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Research shows more than 6,000 US oil spills in 2012

July 10, 2013
An average of 16 spills occurred across the United States on a daily basis, marking a 17 percent increase since 2010 in the 12 states for which data was compared.
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EPA settles Clean Air Act violations with Texas-based fracking company

July 10, 2013
The EPA claimed that the company failed to comply with regulations put in place to prevent accidental releases of potentially hazardous chemicals at its natural gas liquid extraction plant at Bradford, Pa.
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Farmers shift focus over Food Safety Modernization Act cost concerns

July 9, 2013
While it is expected to improve food safety across the entire supply chain, the Food Safety Modernization Act has also caused concerns that many farmers and food manufacturers will be unable to meet the costs.
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