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Chemical Industry Update

EPA presents new rule on use of perfluorinated chemicals

October 4, 2013
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

September 13, 2013
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

September 13, 2013
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

September 1, 2013
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

August 27, 2013
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

August 15, 2013
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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LSB to build ammonia plant in Arkansas

August 15, 2013
LSB Industries' Chemical Business has announced plans to construct a 375,000 ton per year ammonia plant at the El Dorado Chemical Co. (EDC) site in El Dorado, Ark.
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Prospects look good for global ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol markets

August 8, 2013
Global demand for ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol is predicted to remain on a steady upward trajectory in the next five years.
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President Obama orders review of chemical plant safety

August 5, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama has instructed federal agencies to start a probe into safety rules at chemical plants as part of a project intended to prevent incidents similar to the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April.
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Environmental activists block entrance to North Carolina chemical plant

July 12, 2013
Members of North Carolina-based environmental group Croatan Earth First blocked the entrance to Momentive Specialty Chemicals' facility in Morganton, N.C., last week during a demonstration to protest hydraulic fracturing.
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