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Houston tops list of best cities for chemical engineers

Consumer finance website ValuePenguin has released its list of the top 20 cities for chemical engineers, and Houston, Texas, came out on top.
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Fire breaks out at Lonza chemical plant in Pennsylvania

A fire broke out at the Lonza chemical plant in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday morning, causing damage to the facility but putting no lives at risk, either at the plant, or in town.
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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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Mistakes in dangerous chemicals reporting put lives at risk, investigation reveals

The federal program that aims to inform the U.S. population of the presence of hazardous chemicals is dangerously compromised in many states and could be ineffective in the event of an incident.
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Ashland subsidiary to pay $2 million penalty for violations at resin disposal site

The settlement pertains to the company’s failure to notify EPA about three uncontrolled releases of hazardous substances from the site’s treatment system.
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BASF ups agricultural investments, announces initiatives for Asia Pacific

BASF’s Crop Protection Div. says it will address challenges in food availability and quality of life in the Asia Pacific by introducing new technologies, broadening farmer education and co-creation initiatives and increasing investments in production capacity and R&D.
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Total to modernize Antwerp refining and petrochemical platform

Total has approved a €1 billion modernization project for its Antwerp production facilities, the company’s largest European refining and petrochemical platform. Total says the decision is in line with the Group’s strategy of focusing its investment on its large integrated platforms to position them among the most competitive of the industry.
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Booming La. chemical industry boosts economy, addresses safety issues

Hundreds of chemical plant facilities stretch along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Explosions, chemical releases and other accidents are real threats, but emergency officials say they’re well-drilled to respond.
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Energy market changes lead to questions about renewable fuels

A hearing on federal renewable fuel standards was held earlier this month and included representatives of the U.S. EPA, the American Petroleum Institute, the Energy Policy Research Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant kills one, injures 77

An explosion at a chemical plant in the state of Louisiana last week killed at least one person and injured 77 more, local officials have said.
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