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EPA to review VOC emissions reporting requirements by December 2014

EPA has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving its delay in changes to rules on reporting emissions from chemical facilities and refineries.
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Los Angeles City Council approves fracking moratorium

The Planning and Land Use Management Committee of Los Angeles has approved two motions that could lead to a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas extraction practices.
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Palm oil production contributes to climate change, study claims

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder believe that wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
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Two-thirds of oil-by-rail supplies to California come from Canada

According to data from the state's Energy Commission, 709,014 barrels of crude from Canada were shipped by rail to California in December 2013.
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Proposed updates to Nutrition Facts label announced

The proposed changes will bring the familiar rectangular box, which is featured on roughly 700,000 products, up to date with changes to its design and content.
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Listeria from cheese kills one, sickens seven

A listeria outbreak, most likely linked with "Hispanic-style" cheese, has killed one person in California and has sickened seven people in Maryland.
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Endo Pharmaceuticals settles lawsuit over unlawful marketing

Pharmaceutical companies Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions will have to pay $192.7 million to resolve criminal and civil charges related to their marketing policy for the product Lidoderm.
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EPA presents guidance on permitting use of diesel in fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented its draft guidelines for states regarding issuing permits to drilling companies that use diesel fuel in fracking oil and natural gas wells.
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Scientists warn of chemicals migrating to food products from packaging

Although chemicals from packaging, known as food contact materials, leach into food and drinks in minimal amounts, being exposed to them over a lifetime may have a cumulative effect.
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Chemical investments linked to shale gas projects surpass $100 billion

As of February, 148 projects have been announced, at a total value of $100.2 billion, with over half of the sum coming from companies based overseas.
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