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Lightning strikes Houston chemical plant

Lightning struck a storage tank at a chemical plant in Houston early Wednesday morning and sparked a small fire.
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FDA could face legal action over triclosan review

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Natural Resources Defense Council could pursue legal action against the FDA, trying to force the agency to finalize its regulation of triclosan, a chemical used in over-the-counter antiseptic antimicrobial soap, in toys and other consumer products
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Texas fertilizer plant failed to report ammonium nitrate amounts

The company that owns the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded last week failed to tell the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the large amounts of ammonium nitrate it was storing onsite.
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LS9 expands renewable products operations in Florida

LS9, Inc., a manufacturer of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels, on Wednesday announced the expansion of its operations at its Okeechobee, Fla., demonstration facility with a successful customer trial.
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New device alters fluid structure at micron level

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new technology that enables them to thicken and thin fluids at the micron level and increase the effectiveness of soap and detergents.
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EPA's risk assement to focus on widely used flame retardants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment.
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Scientists discover new catalysts that could create 'gasoline of the future'

Scientists have made a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as “the gasoline of the future.”


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AIChE to present educational conference at CHEM SHOW 2013

The AIChE Northeast Manufacturing Conference at the CHEM SHOW will feature experts presenting information specifically geared toward engineers working in the process industries.
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American Chemistry Council backs new law on toxic chemicals

Following the introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, the American Chemistry Council agreed that an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act was necessary.
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Rising water costs could cause major shifts in processing landscape

In the last 12 years, says a recently published survey,“water rates have at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few.” Continuing rate increases are expected of 5% to 15% every few years.
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