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Belgium set to expand petrochemical production in 2014

Belgium is expected to hold on to its position as a leading petrochemical producer in Western Europe as capacity in the polyesters, butadiene and synthetic fibres segments will increase.
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Greece faces fines for delayed wastewater treatment improvements

Greece may face hefty fines from the European Commission (EC) over its failure to adequately deal with urban wastewater and for its poor standards of wastewater treatment.
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US refiners to ramp up diesel exports to Europe

The recent boom in oil and gas production in the United States has caused a significant rise in production, prompting U.S. companies to look to international markets.
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Honeywell to modernize one of Europe's largest refineries

Preem AB, Sweden's largest oil producer, will use Honeywell's enhanced high-performance process manager to as much as triple the capacity of the refinery’s existing controllers.
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EU working on tighter fracking regulation

The European Parliament supports an amendment to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, which states that all operations for hydraulic fracturing for coal bed methane and for shale and shale-like formations should go through environmental impact assessments.
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Horsemeat scandal leads to less meat consumption in UK

A quarter of UK consumers say they now eat less meat than they did a year ago and more than a third say they are willing to consider cutting down on meat consumption.
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Reusable bags could lead to more foodborne illnesses

The British government has been trying to urge consumers to ditch single-use plastic bags in the hope of reducing waste and carbon emissions, but experts have warned that switching to reusable bags could put food safety at risk.
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UK poultry industry blames planning curbs for stifling local production

According to the British Poultry Council, the country is running out of space to rear chickens and planning curbs are making it extremely difficult to "Buy British."
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European refineries still facing major challenges

The future of Europe's refining sector continues to look bleak, as the industry seems unable to adapt to new market conditions and struggles to remain competitive with the United States and emerging markets like the Middle East and China.
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UK poultry processor pleads guilty to selling products with wrong expiration date

British poultry manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has been fined $176,000 for printing the wrong expiration dates on cooked chicken products manufactured at its facility in Haughley Park, Suffolk.
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