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Federal agencies propose measures to improve chemical plant safety

Following the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in April that killed 15 people and injured hundreds, President Obama requested a plan to prevent similar incidents and mitigate their impact.
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BASF to focus on US investments

German chemical giant BASF recently announced that it is moving a significant proportion of its production and research projects across the Atlantic.
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US chemical industry to spend $68.7 billion on R&D by 2018

U.S. chemical output is projected to increase by 2.5 percent in 2014 and by 3.5 percent in the following year.
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Fire injures 18 at Axiall's Louisiana chemical plant

Axiall said the incident happened in the vinyl chloride manufacturing area at the plant. The cause of the explosion is not known and the investigation is still ongoing.
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FDA to propose rules for antibacterial soap safety regulation

One of the most commonly used ingredients in antibacterial soap has been linked to hormonal imbalances and antibiotic resistance, FDA says.
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Global polyurethane foams market to be worth almost $62 billion in 2018

The global polyurethane foams market is predicted to reach total revenue of $61.9 billion in 2018, up on the $40.1 billion recorded in 2012.
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US Chemical Safety Board calls for changes in refinery regulation

Oil refinery regulation needs to be dramatically reformed to ensure operators implement better safety practices in facilities, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has stated in a draft report, released in relation to the incident at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery last year.
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We saw it at the Chem Show in New York City

It was cold walking the streets to the Jacob Javits Center for last week’s Chem Show. Inside, a warm feeling pervaded as tough times are past and the industry outlook is modestly upbeat. The idea that consumers want a solution, not a product, is not a new one. But there is a quickening of the pace at which various plant functions are being out-sourced to third parties.
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An industrial taxonomy extended to the process industries

Allows assessment of capabilities, including those of your suppliers
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Cabot Corp. to invest $84 million in air pollution control systems

Boston-based chemicals and performance materials company Cabot Corp. has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at three facilities.
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