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Costco Hepatitis A outbreak affects 119 people

At least 119 people have been sickened with hepatitis A as of June 21 in an outbreak that has affected seven states, the latest update on the case from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.
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Booming La. chemical industry boosts economy, addresses safety issues

Hundreds of chemical plant facilities stretch along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Explosions, chemical releases and other accidents are real threats, but emergency officials say they’re well-drilled to respond.
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Mexico mulls more private ownership of energy resources

Mexico is set to announce reforms to its energy sector in August and local and international experts have speculated about what form the changes would take. However, most agree that bold steps are needed to keep up with the huge progress of Canada and the United States.
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U.S. companies join forces to produce bioplastic packaging from methane

U.S. bioplastics manufacturer NatureWorks LLC and energy company Calysta Energy are bent on developing a commercially viable method to convert methane into lactic acid, a key feedstock for producing bioplastic packaging.
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BP calls for investigation into administrator assessing 2010 spill claims

BP Plc has asked for an independent investigation into a lawyer reviewing claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, accused him of misconduct and that his actions could lead to disproportionate, excessive or fraudulent claims.
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U.S. pharmaceutical companies granted easier access to EU market

The United States is now considered a "listed country" by the European Commission, which means that U.S. companies don’t need an FDA export certificate before shipping certain pharmaceutical products to the European Union.
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Energy market changes lead to questions about renewable fuels

A hearing on federal renewable fuel standards was held earlier this month and included representatives of the U.S. EPA, the American Petroleum Institute, the Energy Policy Research Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Projected west coast coal-export terminals avoid regulatory snarl

An extensive environmental study on exporting coal from the western United States is not going to be carried out, a senior official at the Army Corps of Engineers informed a Congressional committee last week.
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Fracking dries up scarce water resources, farmers claim

Farmers in many parts of the United States, especially west of the Mississippi, are competing for water against deep-pocket oil and gas companies.


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AstraZeneca to build new HQ, research center in Cambridge, UK

AstraZeneca is investing about £330 million ($515.6 million) in its new building, which will host a global R&D center.
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