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Chemical accidents pose greater risk to public than terrorist attacks, research suggests

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Hundreds of facilities across the United States are storing potentially hazardous chemicals that could cause a deadly blast, similar to the one at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas in April.
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Colorado governor calls for collaboration to conserve water

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Speaking before a crowd of more than 2,000 at ACE13, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper urged water professionals to foster collaboration among agricultural, recreational and urban water interests.
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Nestlé, Mars charged with price-fixing in Canada

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Canadian authorities have charged two of the biggest chocolate producers, Nestlé and Mars, with conspiring over price-fixing with other companies, including Hershey, the Competition Bureau announced last week.
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Report calls for implementation of producer responsibility to boost recycling rates

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Introducing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for packaging in the United States could lead to a boost in recycling rates, according to a new report from As You Sow, a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization that aims to promote environmental responsibilities.
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French parliamentary commission calls for change in fracking ban

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Hydraulic fracturing has once again become an issue of heated debate in France, as political parties, industries and the public have all shared different opinions about using the technique to drill for shale gas and oil.
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Omega-3 producer to pay multi-million fine over Clean Water Act breaches

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Omega Protein, Inc., a subsidiary of Texas-based nutritional ingredients producer Omega Protein Corporation, is to pay a total of $7.5 million to settle violations of the Clean Water Act.
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Food manufacturers focus on new products in 2013

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The latest annual survey on research and development (R&D) among U.S. food manufacturers, reveals that almost half of the businesses will focus on brand new products in 2013.
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Minnesota county gives green light to silica sand mine

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Winona County commissioners have approved a conditional use permit for the first operation to mine silica sand in the Minnesota county, despite concerns that operations may have a negative impact on the environment.
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Bill passed to fight counterfeit drugs

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The United States has passed a bill intended to set up a national system for tracking pharmaceutical products through the supply chain to prevent counterfeit medicines from accessing the market.
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Investment in US oil and gas industry hits highest level in decade

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The top 50 U.S. oil and gas companies spent $185.6 billion on exploration and developing new production in the United States in 2012, according to a new study.
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