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Explosion at West Virginia natural gas well injures five workers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Canada hikes oil spill liability cap to $1 billion

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The reforms come at a time when several large companies have expressed interest in starting or expanding operations to drill in Canadian offshore areas.
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FDA bans production at New Jersey compound firm over sterility issues

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action against New Jersey-based compounding pharmacy Med Prep Consulting, Inc. over concerns relating to the sterility of its production.
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Singapore signs water R&D agreement with EPA

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Singapore's national water agency PUB and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be working together on a series of water management issues.
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