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Shell to invest $115 million to reduce air pollution around Houston

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Shell will have to invest $115 million to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and other processes at its Deer Park refinery in Texas, under the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and EPA.
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Study links large overseas earthquakes to tremors at US fracking sites

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Large earthquakes around the world have been linked to tremors at U.S. sites where wastewater from gas drilling operations is injected into the ground.
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Xylem to provide technology for Sweden's largest UV disinfection project

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White Plains, N.Y.-based water technology company Xylem Inc. has won a contract to provide ultraviolet (UV) drinking water treatment technology to the largest UV disinfection project to date in Sweden.
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Foodborne illnesses linked to leafy vegetables, dairy on the rise

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Extensive research by the CDC has shown that outbreaks of foodborne illnesses linked to leafy vegetables and dairy products have increased over the past three years, while illnesses associated with eggs have declined.
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Schneider Electric makes offer for Invensys acquisition

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Schneider Electric, a France-based manufacturer of low- to medium-voltage equipment, is in the early stages of discussions to acquire British industrial software and control systems company Invensys.
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California senator proposes stricter safety rules on chemical plants

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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has called for state and federal agencies to review rules for handling the potentially explosive fertilizer ammonium nitrate, claiming that lax oversight may be a risk factor for possible future incidents.
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Shale gas leading to $72 billion in US chemical-industry investments, half-million jobs

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Abundant shale gas has transformed America’s chemical industry from the world’s high-cost producer five years ago to among the world’s lowest-cost producers today. Thus, the United States enjoys a decisive advantage in the cost of producing basic petrochemicals.
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Mistakes in dangerous chemicals reporting put lives at risk, investigation reveals

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The federal program that aims to inform the U.S. population of the presence of hazardous chemicals is dangerously compromised in many states and could be ineffective in the event of an incident.
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Explosion at West Virginia natural gas well injures five workers

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A blast at a natural gas well site near New Milton in Doddridge County, W.Va., on July 7 injured at least five people.
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Generic drug patent settlements cut costs for health systems, study finds

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The U.S. health system saved a total of $25.5 billion between 2005 and 2012 thanks to generic drugs being launched on the market before patent expirations as a result of patent settlements.
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