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Chemical Industry Update

US chemical output slightly up in December

February 5, 2014
Last year was generally positive for the U.S. chemical industry but the outlook for 2014 is even better, according to the American Chemistry Council.
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Explosions destroy Mississippi biodiesel plant

January 24, 2014
A biodiesel plant in northern Mississippi was destroyed on Jan. 22 after two explosions and a subsequent blaze razed it to the ground.
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Fracking fluids, chemicals market to reach $20.4 billion in 2018

January 24, 2014
The key growth driver for the fracking fluids and chemicals market is the need to tap more unconventional oil and gas reserves.
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Carnivorous plant inspires scientists to create protective coatings

January 23, 2014
A team at Harvard University has mimicked the carnivorous pitcher plant’s inner skin design to produce a transparent coating capable of being economically applied to almost any object -- large or small.
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US Chemical Safety Board rejects new refinery safety rules

January 17, 2014
The Chemical Safety Board has decided that current refinery safety practices in California do not need any changes, claiming that the proposed plan was too ambitious and would not result in immediate improvements in refinery safety.
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Chemical Dry Vacuum Pump

January 16, 2014
The CXS chemical dry vacuum pump is simple to install and use, with an integral controller and safety systems which allow for ‘plug and pump’ operation.
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Multichannel Transmitter with Ethernet/IP Connectivity

January 15, 2014
The Liquiline CM44x multichannel transmitter from Endress+Hauser now features Ethernet/IP connectivity for easy, seamless integration with the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System.
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Federal agencies propose measures to improve chemical plant safety

January 8, 2014
Following the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in April that killed 15 people and injured hundreds, President Obama requested a plan to prevent similar incidents and mitigate their impact.
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Brazil's Odebrecht to explore petrochemical investment in West Virginia

November 15, 2013
The "Ascent -- Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise" complex would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.
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US chemical production falls slightly in September

November 15, 2013
Chemical production activity in the United States dropped by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August.
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