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Brazil to increase plastics production in 2014

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The Brazilian plastics market is expected to become more favorable and profitable to local plastics producers.
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21 Chinese miners killed in explosion

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According to the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, the mine was ordered to cease production in June because of numerous safety practice violations recorded there.
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States call for more effective EPA carbon emission regulation

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Representatives of 15 states have signed a petition submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking for assurance that the progress they have made in cutting down carbon emissions will be acknowledged in the future EPA regulation on the matter.
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FDA to propose rules for antibacterial soap safety regulation

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One of the most commonly used ingredients in antibacterial soap has been linked to hormonal imbalances and antibiotic resistance, FDA says.
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Share of private ownership in desalination projects increases

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The Global Desalination Market Trends & Ownership Strategies 2014-2018 report found that the Middle East will continue to play a crucial role in the development of the desalination market.
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Global polyurethane foams market to be worth almost $62 billion in 2018

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The global polyurethane foams market is predicted to reach total revenue of $61.9 billion in 2018, up on the $40.1 billion recorded in 2012.
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EU food safety regulator finds aspartame safe for public health

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Critics claim that aspartame is linked to a number of health complications, including cancer, and have been calling for authorities to ban the use of the substance.
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Fracking chemicals can act as hormone disruptors, researchers claim

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The team of scientists examined in laboratory conditions 12 chemicals that were commonly used in fracking and were either known to be endocrine disruptors or were suspected to have such properties.
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US Chemical Safety Board calls for changes in refinery regulation

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Oil refinery regulation needs to be dramatically reformed to ensure operators implement better safety practices in facilities, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has stated in a draft report, released in relation to the incident at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery last year.
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Chevron to spend $39.8 billion in 2014

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This year's budget also included $4 billion for resource acquisitions that were not included in the original budget.
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