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Sinopec drops plans for new petrochemical projects

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China's largest refiner, Sinopec Corp., has shelved plans to invest in new petrochemical projects, citing growing competition from the U.S. petrochemical sector as the main deciding factor.
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Almost 60% of China's water is contaminated, government report finds

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More than half of China's water reserves are moderately or heavily contaminated, a government report has revealed.
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Oil leak contaminates Chinese city's water supply

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The city of Lanzhou is in the midst of a serious drinking water crisis as a crude oil pipe leak has contaminated water supplies with a highly toxic chemical.
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Explosion kills at least five at Chinese chemical plant

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An explosion at a chemical factory located in east China's Jiangsu province has killed at least five people and left 10 more injured.
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Japan launches first fracking operations

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Commercial production of shale oil in the northern prefecture of Akita will start at a much smaller scale than in the United States.
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New FDA import ban hits Indian drug-making industry

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The FDA's campaign against substandard pharmaceutical products manufactured in India is continuing with a new import ban, this time imposed on drugs produced at a Bangalore facility owned and operated by Canadian company Apotex Inc.
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Slow growth predicted for Asia Pacific wastewater treatment industry

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The Asia Pacific wastewater treatment and management industry is expected to register sluggish growth over the years through 2018.
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FDA bans import of drugs from Sun Pharma's Gujarat facility

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The U.S. FDA has issued an import alert for Indian drug maker Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd., banning the import of drug products manufactured at the company's facility in Gujarat.
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Indian pharmaceutical firms braced for effect from US drug supply market mergers

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The U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is predicted to go through a stage of consolidation which will have an impact on the Indian drug manufacturing market, according to industry experts.
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EU lifts tariff on dicyandiamide imports from China

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The European Commission has announced it is terminating the anti-dumping duties on imports of the chemical dicyandiamide from China, introduced in 2007.
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