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High-pressure processing can reduce risk of food contamination, company claims

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U.S.-based high-pressure processing solutions provider All Natural Freshness has announced the launch of its new buffering solution that could cut costs for food production and processing companies by offering increased contamination protection and eliminating the need for costly recalls almost entirely.
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US Energy Department launches project to protect oil & gas industry from cyber attacks

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The U.S. Energy Department has formed a partnership with industry experts and the Department of Homeland Security to launch a tool that will facilitate cyber attack protection for the oil and gas sector.
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King Pharmaceuticals to pay $2.2 million over Clean Air Act violations

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Tennessee-based King Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., will pay a $2.2. million penalty to resolve issues relating to allegations of Clean Air Act violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
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US, Mexico sign agreement to focus on joint oil & gas projects

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This agreement will make it possible for the United States and Mexico's national oil and gas company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, to further develop resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Human error identified as major cause of equipment failures in chemical process plants

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One in five accidents caused by equipment failures in the chemical process industries are the result of human and organizational error.
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Study finds explosive gases in Pennsylvania drinking water

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A new study by Duke University in Durham, N.C., suggests that people whose homes are located near fracking sites are exposed to a higher risk of having their drinking water contaminated.
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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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