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Brazilian petrochemical companies urge for measures to revive sector

Brazil's petrochemical industry leaders are calling on the government to provide businesses with an incentive package that will promote investment and is asking for a lower natural gas price, so that it can have an access to cheaper domestic feedstock.
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Keystone XL Pipeline construction planned to start in 2016

TransCanada is changing its plans for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, as approval for the project by U.S. President Obama is still pending.
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E. coli in raw milk sickens nine children in Tennessee

The strain of E. coli that caused nine children to become ill in Tennessee has been traced to raw milk from the McBee Dairy Farm near Knoxville and samples from the milk matched samples of animal waste taken at the farm.
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US refiners to ramp up diesel exports to Europe

The recent boom in oil and gas production in the United States has caused a significant rise in production, prompting U.S. companies to look to international markets.
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New Jersey wastewater plant uses anaerobic digestion to produce power

The Village of Ridgewood, N.J., has launched a new project at the local wastewater treatment plant that entirely relies on renewable energy.
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Cabot Corp. to invest $84 million in air pollution control systems

Boston-based chemicals and performance materials company Cabot Corp. has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at three facilities.
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California chemical plant leak sickens 70 workers

The incident at the Solvay Chemicals plant in Carson, Calif., occurred when a scrubber machine malfunctioned and leaked sulfuric acid.
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Texas oil company develops fracking method using no freshwater

Instead of relying on freshwater that is extremely scarce, the company utilizes brackish water from the Santa Rosa aquifer and is recycling water from its own wells.
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US adopts international standards for beef trade

The federal agency has finalized a rule that effectively adopts the global standards presented by the World Organization for Animal Health.
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Degradable plastics have detrimental effects on plastics recyclates, study finds

Adding even small quantities of degradable plastics to plastic recyclates could lead to unexpected changes that could be described as "detrimental," according to a new study.
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