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Chemical Industry Update

US to snatch top spot in 2013 oil supplier ranking

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The United States will replace Saudi Arabia this year as the world's leading oil producer. The forecast is based on total oil supply, which includes crude plus natural gas liquids and biofuel.
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OSHA finds 24 safety violations after explosion at West Fertilizer plant

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OSHA accused the Texas plant of dangerous storage of ammonium nitrate and exposing workers to the danger of chemical burns, as well as inhalation hazards from anhydrous ammonia.
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Rising economic tide ‘floats’ product solutions at 2013 CHEM SHOW

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It’s not surprising news that an improving economy generally benefits most industrial sectors. However, several interesting findings were discovered in a survey we recently sent more than 200 manufacturing companies that will be exhibiting at the 2013 CHEM SHOW in New York City this December.
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Preliminary findings on Louisiana petrochemical plant explosion revealed

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Findings from an internal investigation by Louisiana-based Williams Olefins have shown that the fire and explosion that killed two people and injured 77 others on June 13 were caused by a ruptured reboiler and the vapor cloud it released.
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EPA presents new rule on use of perfluorinated chemicals

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making moves to block the import of potentially toxic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are used in many manufacturing and industrial applications.
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Dow Chemical announces new investments on US Gulf Coast

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Dow said the new investments coupled with the company's current projects in the region are expected to generate earnings of approximately $2.5 billion.
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Total plans to increase hydrocarbon resins, polymer production in France

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French oil and gas giant Total will invest EUR160 million to convert its Carling petrochemical platform by 2016 and plans to close the naphtha cracker during the second half of 2015.
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Major US chemical industry projects set to spend near $30 billion on equipment

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A recent report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) includes a very optimistic economic outlook for the Chemical Processing Industries (CPI) through the year 2020 due to investments linked to low-cost shale gas.
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Improved chemical plant safety goal impeded by faulty accident data

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About 90% of all national data on chemical plants in the United States is wrong, suggesting that the real risk of an incident occurring cannot be accurately estimated, according to a new investigation.
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Chemical engineers develop improved recycling system for fracking water

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The membrane-based filtration system improves the efficiency of treating and safely reusing water used for fracking at drill sites and could significantly reduce the amount of water and energy that fracking requires.
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