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Energy market changes lead to questions about renewable fuels

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A hearing on federal renewable fuel standards was held earlier this month and included representatives of the U.S. EPA, the American Petroleum Institute, the Energy Policy Research Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Projected west coast coal-export terminals avoid regulatory snarl

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An extensive environmental study on exporting coal from the western United States is not going to be carried out, a senior official at the Army Corps of Engineers informed a Congressional committee last week.
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Fracking dries up scarce water resources, farmers claim

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Farmers in many parts of the United States, especially west of the Mississippi, are competing for water against deep-pocket oil and gas companies.


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AstraZeneca to build new HQ, research center in Cambridge, UK

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AstraZeneca is investing about £330 million ($515.6 million) in its new building, which will host a global R&D center.
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New York college launches unique food processing technology course

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Genesee Community College, situated in the western part of New York state, will provide qualified staff for food processing facilities in the area.
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US looks to tap rare earth elements

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The United States and other countries are looking for ways to loosen China's grip on the industry by exploring options to produce rare earths.
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Industry-workhorse AODD pumps made more energy efficient

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The air-operated, double-diaphragm pump is a well-known process-industry workhorse for general, sanitary, submersible and explosion-proof applications.
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Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant kills one, injures 77

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An explosion at a chemical plant in the state of Louisiana last week killed at least one person and injured 77 more, local officials have said.
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Research reveals Final Rule compliance costs for US egg industry

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In 2010, a new Final Rule that applied to all flocks of over 30,000 hens came into effect. The average annual cost for compliance with the Final Rule is $122,000 per complex.
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Canadian oil company to develop existing assets amid rising North Sea investments

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Canadian oil and gas company CNR International, Inc. is looking to take advantage of a recently introduced tax break and invest more than $470 million in one of the oldest North Sea oil fields.
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