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California court removes BPA from toxic chemicals list

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

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

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

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

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

The 16,000-square-foot facility will produce a variety ground beef items for retail, foodservice and distribution customers.
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Compounding pharmacy issues recall over sterility doubts

Florida-based Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy has issued a voluntary recall of all lots of its sterile non-expired drug products sold nationwide following concerns that their sterility may be compromised.
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Texas fertilizer plant failed to report ammonium nitrate amounts

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

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

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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