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US plastics industry export grows in 2012

According to new data from the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the end of 2011 marked a growth for the U.S. plastics industry, with the first recorded job increase since 1999.
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US EPA launches research into hormone-like chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a study into the possible influence of hormone-like chemicals used in food, cosmetics, pesticides and plastics on people's health.
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Canada's oil and gas industry faces important changes in 2013

The Canadian oil and gas industry is facing a new year that could bring numerous changes not just for the sector but also for the development of the industry in the whole of North America.
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DuPont breaks ground on cellulosic ethanol facility

NEVADA, Iowa — DuPont broke ground Friday on a new cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which the company believes brings it one step closer to commercializing advanced biofuels.
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Strategic alliance to advance biomass initiatives

OWOSSO, Mich. — Tri Mer Corp. and Enginuity Energy LLC have established a research agreement for the testing of biomass fuels at Enginuity Energy’s research and development lab in Harrisburg, Pa., the companies announced.
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K-Tron parent acquires Coperion, banks on US polymers renaissance

Hillenbrand Inc., the parent company of process equipment suppliers K-Tron and Rotex, has agreed to acquire Stuttgart, Germany-based Coperion Capital GmbH, a provider of compounding and bulk materials handling systems, for an estimated purchase price of $530 million.
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BP to sell Texas City refinery to Marathon Petroleum for $2.5 billion

BP has announced over $35 billion toward its goal of $38 billion in divestments
Oil & gas giant BP reached an agreement in October to sell its Texas City, Texas, refinery and a portion of its retail and logistics network in the Southeast U.S. to Marathon Petroleum Corp. for $2.5 billion.
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North America leads shift in global energy balance, IEA says

PARIS — The global energy map is changing in dramatic fashion, the International Energy Agency says as it launches the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO). The report
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