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Honeywell's UOP to revamp Japanese petrochemical facility

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UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Taiyo Oil Co. Ltd. to supply technology and catalysts to improve operational flexibility and increase petrochemical production at Taiyo's Shikoku Operations in Ehime, Japan.
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US oil production reaches highest level in 20 years

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U.S. crude oil production increased to an average of 7.5 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in July 2013, the highest monthly level of production since 1991, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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Chesapeake Energy gives up New York gas lease fight

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Oklahoma-based oil and gas explorer Chesapeake Energy is beating a retreat after a protracted legal battle over the extension of natural gas drilling leases in New York.
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'Gluten-free' definition standardized

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has standardized the definition of "gluten-free" in a move designed to help millions of Americans affected by celiac disease (CD).
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Train derails in Louisiana, spills hazardous chemicals

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About 100 homes in the small town of Lawtell, La., were evacuated this weekend after a train carrying sodium hydroxide and other chemicals derailed.
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Carlsbad desalination plant to utilize energy capture technology

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The seawater desalination plant in northern San Diego County will be the biggest facility of its kind in the U.S. and will use energy capture technology that is expected to deliver annual savings of $12 million.
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Dutch scientists unveil first lab-grown burger

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The 5-ounce "Cultured Beef" burger, which reportedly cost around $332,000 to produce, was made with muscle cells taken from a cow and other common food ingredients such as salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs.
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EPA changes chemical assessment processes

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is overhauling its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program in a bid to make the program more transparent and to improve the process of scientific assessments.
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President Obama orders review of chemical plant safety

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U.S. President Barack Obama has instructed federal agencies to start a probe into safety rules at chemical plants as part of a project intended to prevent incidents similar to the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April.
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US natural gas production set to increase despite low prices

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A new analysis predicts that energy production from the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas will rise by 50 percent by the end of this year, reaching an average volume of 844,000 barrels per day.
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