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Texas fertilizer plant failed to report ammonium nitrate amounts

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The company that owns the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded last week failed to tell the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the large amounts of ammonium nitrate it was storing onsite.
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Watchdog releases initial report on Chevron refinery fire

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Federal investigators at the Chemical Safety Board have presented their preliminary findings regarding last year's fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif.
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Foodservice packaging industry upbeat for 2013

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The North American and European foodservice packaging industries are likely to grow in 2013, with the recovering economy and more stable input pricing the most powerful drivers for growth.
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Welding issues major cause of pipeline failures

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The question of efficiency and safety of pipes produced decades ago and in use almost as many years has recently caused much debate, following a number of pipeline ruptures that have caused problems across the U.S.
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Think tank highlights benefits of energy-from-waste facilities

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The U.S. needs to construct more energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities to ensure that methane emissions from waste deposited at landfills is reduced, according to the Center for American Progress.
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EPA, Tyson Foods settle chemical leak cases

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Tyson Foods Inc. has reached an agreement that requires the company to pay a $3.95 million fine for incidents in which anhydrous ammonia leaks caused one fatality, a number of injuries and property damage.
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BP faces $1 billion lawsuit over toxic chemical releases

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According to the lawsuit's 474 plaintiffs, BP's refinery released sulfur dioxide, methyl carpaptan, dimethyl disulfide and other toxic chemicals for 15 consecutive days in November 2011.
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LS9 expands renewable products operations in Florida

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LS9, Inc., a manufacturer of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels, on Wednesday announced the expansion of its operations at its Okeechobee, Fla., demonstration facility with a successful customer trial.
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Oklahoma, Texas in legal battle over Red River water

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The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments from Oklahoma City and a Texas water district about their dispute over the use of southeast Oklahoma water.
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Court ruling finds federal agency negligent over fracking risks

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The Obama administration has been issuing oil leases to companies across California without taking into account the possible risks that stem from fracking, thus breaking the law, a federal judge has ruled.
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