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Three northwest US manufacturers failed to report chemical releases

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined three manufacturers located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for violating federal community right-to-know reporting requirements by failing to report
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Lawsuit claims workers were poisoned at Occidental Chemical plant

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — A lawsuit filed by the widow of a deceased worker claims her husband’s death last year was the result of mercury exposure at an Occidental
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3M offers early retirement to 4,900 US workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M Co. is offering early retirement to about 4,900 U.S. employees in an effort to cut costs, Bloomberg reported. The company expects about 1,000 workers
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LyondellBasell may spend $1.5 billion on new plants, expansions

NEW YORK — Chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries announced it may spend $1.5 billion on new plants and expansions to add as much as $1 billion a year to pretax
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Two injured in chemical refinery fire

PASADENA, Texas — A chemical refinery in Pasadena, Texas, erupted in flames Saturday night, leaving two workers injured, myfoxhouston.com reported. Nearby residents reported hearing at least two explosions coming
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German chemical sales growth to slow in 2012, VCI predicts

FRANKFURT, Germany — VCI, Germany’s chemical association, predicts German chemical sales growth to slow next year from a record in 2011 as customers reduce stock piles, Bloomberg reported. According
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Two workers suffer severe burns in chemical flash fire

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Two workers suffered severe burns in a flash fire that erupted at a chemical plant in Santa Clarita, Calif., Wednesday night, SCVNews.com reported. The incident
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EPA to release formerly confidential chemical studies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as confidential business
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Worker dies following chemical spill at Wisconsin manufacturing plant

THERESA, Wis. — One worker died and another was hospitalized following a chemical spill Monday afternoon at a manufacturing plant in Dodge County, Wis., WISN Milwaukee reported. The men
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Arkema offers to buy Chinese chemical companies

PARIS — French chemicals company Arkema SA has offered to buy two Chinese chemical companies for a total $365 million as part of a wider acquisition plan presented in
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