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Chinese chemical company to open Louisiana methanol plant

A subsidiary of China-based Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd. plans to build a methanol manufacturing facility in Louisiana. It’s estimated the development will create about 400 permanent jobs, Louisiana Economic Development says.
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Halliburton: US fracking market turning a corner

While news about hydraulic fracturing has overwhelmingly focused on its impact on the environment, the market for hydraulic fracturing actually has exhibited behaviors typically associated with the oil and gas industry, i.e., boom and bust.
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Mylan Buys Abbott's Non-U.S. Generic Drugs Portfolio

The deal will cost an estimated $5.3 billion and involve more than 100 products in several key areas.
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McDonald's, KFC involved in another China food safety scandal

Chinese authorities are investigating after a report exposed a supplier falsifying product expiration dates.
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Federal Regulators green-light east-coast offshore oil exploration

Companies to use air guns and sonic sensors to pinpoint deposits from Delaware to Florida
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New series of earthquakes shakes Oklahoma

A series of earthquakes in Oklahoma occurring within hours of one another has added evidence to earlier scientific claims that the unusual seismic activity registered in the state recently is caused by fracking-related operations.
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Duke Energy recovers 2,500 tons of coal ash from Dan River

Electric-power Co. Duke Energy has dredged up approximately 2,500 tons of ash and sediment in its cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the Dan River spill. Tests on samples of water from the river and sediment at its bottom showed toxic metals below federal limits.
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DNA sequencing test developed to identify salmonella strains

Scientists at Cornell University's Food Safety Lab are working on an innovative method to quickly detect and identify strains of salmonella, making it possible for health and safety authorities to rapidly respond to foodborne disease outbreaks.
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Local governments disagree on extended Clean Water Act regulation

Local governments in the United States are trying to find a middle ground on opposing opinions regarding new federal Clean Water Act rules causing much discussion among farmers, industry leaders and environmentalists.
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Koppers Holdings plans Illinois naphthalene plant

The company announced this week that it would apply for a series of environmental permits and was also looking at the possibility of consolidating its tar distillation businesses across North America. If all goes well, the company expects the facility to be in operation in early 2016.
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