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Chemical Industry Update

EPA: Toxic chemicals releases dropped 12% in 2012

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Overall, 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the air, water or land in 2012, the report found.
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Chemical engineers select top 10 inventions of modern era

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Chemical engineers have voted on what they feel are the most important chemically engineered inventions and solutions of the modern era.
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US chemical output slightly up in December

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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