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Ecolab to acquire Purate business from AkzoNobel

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Ecolab Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire AkzoNobel’s Purate business, which specializes in global antimicrobial water treatment technology.
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Industrial suppliers, ODVA define vision for industrial Ethernet

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ODVA has launched an “initiative for process automation” — in cooperation with major suppliers to the process industries — to further accelerate adoption of industrial Ethernet in process automation.
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Shale oil projected to account for 9% of 2020 global oil production

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Shale oil is set to increase its importance globally and will continue to expand in terms of production and share on the international energy market, to account for 9% of total global production.
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USDA inspectors expose dangerous chemical use in poultry plants

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The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has issued evidence that it collected from federal poultry inspector whistleblowers regarding the use of chemicals in the U.S. poultry industry and the potential impact this has on human health.
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Eight injured in fire at Chevron Phillips Chemical plant

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Eight workers suffered injuries in a fire that broke out early Saturday morning at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. plant in Port Arthur, Texas.
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Federal agencies criticized for oversight failure prior to Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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The explosion at the Adair Grain Inc. fertilizer plant in Texas, which killed 14 and injured 200 people, has exposed serious lapses in federal agencies' oversight.
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Texas fertilizer plant blast may put projects worth $22 billion on hold

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Projects worth $22 billion may be delayed as a direct consequence of the explosion.
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California court removes BPA from toxic chemicals list

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The question over the potential toxic properties of BPA appears to have been reopened once again in the state of California, following a court's ruling that removed it from the list of "chemicals known to cause birth defects."
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Lightning strikes Houston chemical plant

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Lightning struck a storage tank at a chemical plant in Houston early Wednesday morning and sparked a small fire.
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FDA could face legal action over triclosan review

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Natural Resources Defense Council could pursue legal action against the FDA, trying to force the agency to finalize its regulation of triclosan, a chemical used in over-the-counter antiseptic antimicrobial soap, in toys and other consumer products
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