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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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Ashland subsidiary to pay $2 million penalty for violations at resin disposal site

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The settlement pertains to the company’s failure to notify EPA about three uncontrolled releases of hazardous substances from the site’s treatment system.
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Interim report reveals progress in Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction

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The 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed is the largest in North America but for many years has also been one of the most polluted.
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Research shows more than 6,000 US oil spills in 2012

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An average of 16 spills occurred across the United States on a daily basis, marking a 17 percent increase since 2010 in the 12 states for which data was compared.
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EPA settles Clean Air Act violations with Texas-based fracking company

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The EPA claimed that the company failed to comply with regulations put in place to prevent accidental releases of potentially hazardous chemicals at its natural gas liquid extraction plant at Bradford, Pa.
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