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Researchers develop new desalination method

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The team of scientists claim that the process eliminates the need for membranes by separating salt from water at the microscale.
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EIA releases annual Refinery Capacity Report

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This year's report paints a picture of a market governed by refinery expansions, sales and closures, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.
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Nitrogen leak at Intel plant sickens 43 workers

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The gas leak occurred early on June 29 at Intel's second-largest facility, located in Chandler, about 25 miles east of Phoenix. The victims suffered nausea, difficulty in breathing and skin and eye irritation.
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Study links BPA exposure to obesity in girls

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New research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that girls aged between nine and 12 that had high levels of BPA in their bodies were twice as likely to be obese as their peers.
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Obama to press ahead with carbon emissions reduction

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Reducing carbon emissions across all sectors of the economy is in the best interest of the United States, President Barack Obama stated in his address at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. last week.
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Energy experts see benefits of rail over pipe in crude transportation

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While key projects for major pipelines are being considered, some energy experts claim that shipping crude by rail is a more flexible option whose advantages over pipelines should not be overlooked.
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European refineries struggle to stay afloat

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European refineries are losing ground to their counterparts across the Atlantic, where the U.S. refining sector is flourishing thanks to its access to cheap and abundant feedstock produced from unconventional oil.
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Italian plastics firm to open plant in Tennessee

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Italian plastics company So.F.Ter Group has announced plans to open its first U.S. operation in Tennessee. The company said that it will invest $11.5 million in the facility in Wilson County, which will initially employ 50 people.
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Costco Hepatitis A outbreak affects 119 people

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At least 119 people have been sickened with hepatitis A as of June 21 in an outbreak that has affected seven states, the latest update on the case from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.
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Booming La. chemical industry boosts economy, addresses safety issues

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Hundreds of chemical plant facilities stretch along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Explosions, chemical releases and other accidents are real threats, but emergency officials say they’re well-drilled to respond.
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