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Kentucky oil well operators plead guilty to illegal wastewater discharges

Persistent violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act have resulted in a two-year probation sentence for Kentucky oil well operators Charles L. Stinson and Ralph Dowell.
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US Chemical Safety Board rejects new refinery safety rules

The Chemical Safety Board has decided that current refinery safety practices in California do not need any changes, claiming that the proposed plan was too ambitious and would not result in immediate improvements in refinery safety.
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US pork, beef exports on the rise

U.S. meat exports are going through a period of solid growth, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
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Australia to advance in shale energy development

The U.S. shale energy revolution has led to a wave of shale exploration across the world, as governments are looking for ways to gain energy independence and cheap feedstock for a number of industries.
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Novo Nordisk locked in legal battle over generic drug

Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk is being sued by several healthcare purchasing companies that claim the drug maker wrongfully kept generic copies of its diabetes drug Prandin off the market.
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Delays in Asian coal-to-chemicals plants give oil-based facilities chance to profit

Although coal is still the dominant force on the Chinese energy market, there is an opportunity for crude-oil-based chemical plants to take off over the next three years.
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Radioactivity in fracking water reduced with new method

The method mixes fracking wastewater with acid drainage from mining operations or with salty water to create easily removable solids.
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Tyson Foods recalls 34,000 pounds of chicken from several states

The chicken was distributed to institutional customers in Tennessee, California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin. So far seven people have been affected by Salmonella bacteria, with two of them requiring hospitalization.
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US pharmaceutical spending slightly down from 2012 levels

Expenditure on pharmaceuticals in 2013 is predicted to register a minor decline of 0.5% dipping to $341.2 billion from $343 billion in 2012.
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US scientists develop quick method to convert algae into crude

The technology developed by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory produces crude at a fraction of the cost of other methods and efficiently makes use of all byproducts.
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