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Report calls for better emergency equipment in US mines

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U.S. mining companies and regulators should take measures to improve safety conditions and to provide more opportunities for miners to escape from underground emergency situations, according to a new report released by the independent, nonprofit National Research Council.
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Cryptosporidium outbreak linked to ready-to-eat salad mixes

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An outbreak of Cryptosporidium that sickened 300 people in England and Scotland in May 2012 has been linked to pre-cut, bagged salad products, according to England's Health Protection Agency (HPA).
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NOAA partners with Dow to update chemical safety software tool

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is partnering with Dow Chemical to release an update to a federal software program used to prevent chemical incidents.
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New project to produce ethanol from sugar beets

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The project is funded by a $5 million state grant, supporting a dozen local farmers who are going to join forces to build a new Fresno County demonstration plant together with a team of university experts.
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Titan Pharma's opioid dependence treatment recommended for approval

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The Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the approval of a new treatment for opioid addiction by Titan Pharmaceuticals, called Probuphine.
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Pennsylvania natural gas production rose 69% in 2012 despite reduced drilling activity

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Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) data.
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Valve shipments to reach $4.3 billion in 2013

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Shipments for the U.S. industrial valve industry will grow 3 percent in 2013, increasing to nearly $4.3 billion, according to figures released by the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) as part of its annual market forecast.
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Statoil granted 15 Gulf of Mexico leases

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Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has been awarded a total of 15 leases in the U.S. Gulf Coast, after it became clear that it was the highest bidder in a recent lease sale by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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Soft drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide, study suggests

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The United States is among the most affected countries, with approximately 25,000 deaths linked to sugar-sweetened soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks.
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Oklahoma company to build propane dehydrogenation plant in Alberta

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Tulsa, Okla.-based energy company Williams has announced plans to build a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Alberta, Canada, to increase production of polymer-grade propylene from its Canadian operations.
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