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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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CDC: Listeria kills one of five affected

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As many as 90 percent of the people affected by the foodborne disease are elderly, pregnant women, newborns or have weakened immune systems, the CDC said.
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Explosion at Nova-Kem chemical processing plant forces evacuations

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The Nova-Kem plant in Seward, Ill., contained siliconetetrachloride, nitric acid, acetone and hexachlorodisilane, along with chlorine tanks located outside of the building.
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$384 billion needed for drinking water infrastructure by 2030, EPA survey shows

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EPA’s fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment identifies investments needed over the next 20 years for thousands of miles of pipes and thousands of treatment plants, storage tanks and water distribution systems.
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US imposes sanctions on Iran's petrochemical sector

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The United States is imposing sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industry in a bid to cut off funds that the Islamic republic might use for developing its nuclear program.
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