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Chemical Industry Update

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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California senator proposes stricter safety rules on chemical plants

July 12, 2013
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has called for state and federal agencies to review rules for handling the potentially explosive fertilizer ammonium nitrate, claiming that lax oversight may be a risk factor for possible future incidents.
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Michigan State scientists receive $14 million grant to study dioxins

July 12, 2013
More than $14 million has been granted to Michigan State University (MSU) by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Superfund Research Program for the completion of a scientific study into dioxins.
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Shale gas leading to $72 billion in US chemical-industry investments, half-million jobs

July 12, 2013
Abundant shale gas has transformed America’s chemical industry from the world’s high-cost producer five years ago to among the world’s lowest-cost producers today. Thus, the United States enjoys a decisive advantage in the cost of producing basic petrochemicals.
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EPA's risk assement to focus on widely used flame retardants

April 12, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment.
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