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USDA inspectors expose dangerous chemical use in poultry plants

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The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has issued evidence that it collected from federal poultry inspector whistleblowers regarding the use of chemicals in the U.S. poultry industry and the potential impact this has on human health.
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Eight injured in fire at Chevron Phillips Chemical plant

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Eight workers suffered injuries in a fire that broke out early Saturday morning at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. plant in Port Arthur, Texas.
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Federal agencies criticized for oversight failure prior to Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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The explosion at the Adair Grain Inc. fertilizer plant in Texas, which killed 14 and injured 200 people, has exposed serious lapses in federal agencies' oversight.
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Texas fertilizer plant blast may put projects worth $22 billion on hold

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Projects worth $22 billion may be delayed as a direct consequence of the explosion.
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California court removes BPA from toxic chemicals list

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The question over the potential toxic properties of BPA appears to have been reopened once again in the state of California, following a court's ruling that removed it from the list of "chemicals known to cause birth defects."
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Lightning strikes Houston chemical plant

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Lightning struck a storage tank at a chemical plant in Houston early Wednesday morning and sparked a small fire.
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FDA could face legal action over triclosan review

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Natural Resources Defense Council could pursue legal action against the FDA, trying to force the agency to finalize its regulation of triclosan, a chemical used in over-the-counter antiseptic antimicrobial soap, in toys and other consumer products
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Scientists use E. coli to make biofuel

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Researchers from the University of Exeter have found a way to turn sugar into a fuel very similar to conventional diesel by using a genetically modified E. coli bacteria.
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Statoil discovers new North Sea oil reserves

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Norwegian energy giant Statoil announced Friday that it had found "significant" new oil resources in the North Sea.
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JBS opens new ground beef production facility in Arizona

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The 16,000-square-foot facility will produce a variety ground beef items for retail, foodservice and distribution customers.
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