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New York State urges EPA to review oil spill contingency plans

The need for an improved contingency plan is pressing, as more crude is being shipped from the Bakken shale through New York to refineries in the south, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.
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Minnesota company recalls peanut butter, spreads over Listeria concerns

Minnesota food manufacturer Parkers Farm Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of a series of products, including cheese, peanut butter, salsa, dips and spreads, over concerns of possible Listeria contamination.
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Demand for ethylene to rise 150% by 2040, Exxon president says

Global demand for ethylene will soar between 2010 and 2040, driven by rising needs for consumer products, according to ExxonMobil President Steve Pryor.
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FDA reviewer slams study that questions generic drug quality

A senior official with the U.S. FDA has slammed research that suggests many heart drugs produced outside the U.S. contain impurities.
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US accounts for 10% of global oil production

The nation's average daily output of tight oil between October and December last year stood at 3.22 million barrels per day.
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Health organizations warn of chemical exposure risks to pregnant women

Exposure to toxic chemicals used in the production of a wide range of household products and other everyday objects could have a negative effect on many people's reproductive health.
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Horizon Pharma buys Irish drug maker Vidara

Illinois-based Horizon Pharma Inc. announced last week it was taking over Irish Vidara Therapeutics International Ltd. in a reverse merger, moving its headquarters to Dublin.
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Report: Middle East oil & gas companies excel at risk management

The report examined the comparative risk quality of oil, gas and petrochemical facilities located in the Middle East, in comparison to more than 500 similar facilities globally.
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Florida regulator takes action against chemical company for soil contamination

Florida environmental officials have taken formal enforcement action against Utah-based Thatcher Chemical of Florida, Inc., following the company's improper disposal of chemical waste near its facility at DeLand and Palmetto, Fla.
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Europe may reconsider stance on fracking

Recent political events in Ukraine and Russia's involvement may cause some EU member-states to reconsider their stance towards hydraulic fracturing.
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