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Total Petrochemicals to pay $8.75 million fine for emissions limits violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Total Petrochemicals over the 2007 violations at the Port Arthur refinery. Under the terms of the agreement Total will have to pay a fine of $8.75 million.
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Shell names Louisiana as potential location for $12.5 billion plant

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is considering building a brand new plant in Louisiana that will convert natural gas into diesel and jet fuel.
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Global petrochemical market estimated to reach $791 billion by 2018

According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, the global petrochemical market is estimated to reach a total value of just over $791 billion by 2018, up from $472.06 billion in 2011.
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FDA publishes finalized guidance on medical apps

The FDA will not be regulating the majority of medical apps because they pose very little health risk to patients, but will instead adopt a "risk-based approach."
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Mexico aims to unlock its energy potential

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has once again confirmed his plans for reform in the Mexican energy sector that would ensure industry growth and would attract more international investors on the market.


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Blast at Essex chemical plant causes caustic soda leak

An explosion at an industrial chemical plant in southeast England on Thursday led to a leak of caustic soda, forcing local people to stay indoors for hours until the situation was deemed safe by the emergency services.
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California governor signs fracking regulation bill

Starting next year, companies that wish to develop the natural gas and oil reserves of California will have to apply for a permit not just for fracking operations but also for using various chemical substances to dissolve shale rock.
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Exposure to chemicals in environment linked to reproductive health issues

Scientists are calling for more extensive research into the potential harm that chemical contamination may have on pregnancy and fertility.
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Explosion at wastewater treatment plant kills worker

A 58-year-old construction worker was killed in an explosion at a wastewater treatment plant in the village of Canastota, N.Y., on Sept. 11 while welding a pipe into a tank.
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Hepatitis A from pomegranate seeds sickens 162 people in 10 states

According to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend has affected 162 people in 10 states.
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