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New directive proposed for EU oil and gas companies

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The European Commission (EC) has proposed new regulations that could require oil and gas companies operating on European Union territory to submit emergency response plans and show evidence that they are able to fund the fixing of potential environmental damage caused during operation.
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Automation key for ensuring food safety, equipment manufacturer claims

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Anticipated reforms mean that food processing plants are likely to face serious challenges in complying with the new regulations. One of the key elements to make sure products are safe is prevention of potential bacterial contamination.
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Health company receives $1 million to study impact of Marcellus Shale drilling

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The company plans to look at detailed health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near gas wells and other natural gas production facilities in the area.
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Merck to pay $8.5 million to settle Vioxx case in Pennsylvania

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New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to the state of Pennsylvania to settle allegations that it inappropriately marketed its painkiller Vioxx.
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World Health Organization warns of health risks from synthetic chemicals

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According to the global health watchdog, the danger comes from so-called "gender-bending" compounds that are very common in a range of everyday products, such as toys, baby bottles and credit cards.
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KROHNE Offers Online Academy

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KROHNE, Inc. announces the availability of the KROHNE academy, featuring Web-based training on measurement technologies and other topics of interest to process measurement personnel.
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PET water bottle recycling rates on the rise

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Manufacturers of bottled water are on the right path to reducing the environmental footprint of their products.
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North Carolina to vote on lifting fracking ban

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The state of North Carolina is considering moves to lift the ban on fracking operations, despite concerns raised by green organizations that drilling works might pose a threat to the environment.
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Engineer suffers chemical burns at GlaxoSmithKline plant

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A 20-year-old engineer suffered chemical burns Tuesday in an industrial accident at a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plant.
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Occidental exec re-elected board chair of American Chemical Society

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William F. Carroll, vice president at Occidental Chemical Corp. in Dallas, Texas, has been re-elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
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