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Chemical Industry Update

Environmental activists block entrance to North Carolina chemical plant

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

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

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

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

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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Scientists discover new catalysts that could create 'gasoline of the future'

Scientists have made a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as “the gasoline of the future.”


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AIChE to present educational conference at CHEM SHOW 2013

The AIChE Northeast Manufacturing Conference at the CHEM SHOW will feature experts presenting information specifically geared toward engineers working in the process industries.
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American Chemistry Council backs new law on toxic chemicals

Following the introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, the American Chemistry Council agreed that an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act was necessary.
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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program lacks transparency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made notable progress on implementing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, but there is still room for improvement.
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US chemical processing industry off to promising start in 2013

The U.S. chemical processing industry (CPI) experienced a promising start in 2013, with about $9 billion in projects funded and approved in the first quarter.
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