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Human error identified as major cause of equipment failures in chemical process plants

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

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

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

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

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

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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Obama to press ahead with carbon emissions reduction

Reducing carbon emissions across all sectors of the economy is in the best interest of the United States, President Barack Obama stated in his address at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. last week.
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Energy experts see benefits of rail over pipe in crude transportation

While key projects for major pipelines are being considered, some energy experts claim that shipping crude by rail is a more flexible option whose advantages over pipelines should not be overlooked.
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European refineries struggle to stay afloat

European refineries are losing ground to their counterparts across the Atlantic, where the U.S. refining sector is flourishing thanks to its access to cheap and abundant feedstock produced from unconventional oil.
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Italian plastics firm to open plant in Tennessee

Italian plastics company So.F.Ter Group has announced plans to open its first U.S. operation in Tennessee. The company said that it will invest $11.5 million in the facility in Wilson County, which will initially employ 50 people.
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