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Researchers develop more efficient, greener method to produce ammonia

A new electrochemical process to produce ammonia simply from air and water has been developed by U.S. researchers.
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Germany's Messer builds industrial gases plant in Poland

German industrial gases specialist Messer announced last week that it is building a new production plant for industrial gases in Turek, Poland.
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Mexico's Mexichem to acquire European PVC manufacturer

Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican chemicals producer, said on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire German company VESTOLIT GmbH.
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VanDeMark Chemical acquires European phosgene producer

VanDeMark Chemical Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of phosgene and phosgene derivatives, has expanded its business with the acquisition of a European manufacturer of phosgene products.
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Stepan announces potential $60 million to $70 million chemical facility in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Stepan Company President and CEO F. Quinn Stepan Jr. announced July 25 the company will complete front-end engineering and design work for a potential $60 million to $70 million chemical production facility in the existing industrial corridor of Ascension Parish.
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Arkema opens methyl acrylate plant in Texas

French specialty chemical company Arkema announced July 28 the start-up of a new methyl acrylate plant at its Clear Lake site in Texas.
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Freedom Industries reaches $2.9 million settlement over Elk River spill

Chemical company Freedom Industries Inc., which was responsible for the huge chemical spill in the Elk River in West Virginia early this year, has reached a tentative settlement with legal representatives of affected businesses and communities.
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DuPont to pay $440,000 fine for air pollution violations

U.S. chemical giant DuPont has reached a settlement with the EPA over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at the company's manufacturing facility in Tonawanda, New York.
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Chinese chemical company to open Louisiana methanol plant

A subsidiary of China-based Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd. plans to build a methanol manufacturing facility in Louisiana. It’s estimated the development will create about 400 permanent jobs, Louisiana Economic Development says.
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Duke Energy recovers 2,500 tons of coal ash from Dan River

Electric-power Co. Duke Energy has dredged up approximately 2,500 tons of ash and sediment in its cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the Dan River spill. Tests on samples of water from the river and sediment at its bottom showed toxic metals below federal limits.
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