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Oil industry in rush to replace old tank cars

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The U.S. Transportation Department has drafted rules that provision a six-year period for oil companies and railroad operators to replace old tank cars that are prone to rupture with new, safer ones, but it seems that operators have no plans to wait that long.
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Consumer group slams FSIS over insufficient safety inspections

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Consumer group Food & Water Watch (FWW) has criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for failing to conduct a sufficient number of food safety inspections due to understaffing
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US refineries should look for export opportunities amid growing competition

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The market is becoming more competitive globally, as exports offer higher margins, whereas domestic feedstock is cheap and abundant but not necessarily the right type of product they need.
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NOAA: Algae blooms in Lake Erie on the decline

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects significant algae bloom in the western part of Lake Erie this summer, but predicts lower levels than last year and a dramatic decline from the 2011 peak.
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US slaps duties on South Korean pipe imports

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The United States has imposed duties on steel pipe imports from South Korea and eight other countries in response to claims that domestic production was suffering because of unfair competition from abroad.
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Salix Pharmaceuticals to merge with Cosmo subsidiary

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U.S.-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has announced plans to merge with a unit of Italian company Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, Cosmo Technologies Ltd.
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Praxair unveils plans for new nitrogen facility in New Mexico

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Industrial gases company Praxair, Inc. has announced plans to expand its New Mexico facility, including the construction of a new nitrogen facility.
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Is China getting ready for a fracking revolution?

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Despite its huge fortune buried in shale rock formations, China has been very slow to realize the benefits of fracking and embrace the technology.
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Study finds 175 dangerous chemicals in food packaging

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As many as 175 chemicals that have certain hazardous properties are currently being used for manufacturing food contact packaging in the United States and Europe, new research warns.
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Chemical plant poses threat to Tennessee river, environmentalists warn

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U.S. Nitrogen has announced plans to use water from Tennessee's Nolichucky River in its chemical plant to produce ammonium nitrate, which has raised concerns among local communities and environmental groups.
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