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Evacuations ordered following New Mexico biofuel plant explosions

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About 1,200 residents in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, were ordered to evacuate on May 27 after a series of explosions were recorded at a biofuel facility in the area.
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Sulfuric acid leak shuts down West Virginia silica plant

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A sulfuric acid leak at a West Virginia silica plant caused a shutdown of the facility on May 13, according to information provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
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SABIC plans crude-to-chemicals facility in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia may be the first country in the Middle East to see an operating oil-to-chemicals processing facility.
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LSB Industries takes gas supplier to court over alleged negligence

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Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. has started legal action against French multinational gas company Air Liquide, accusing the supplier of negligence that led to an explosion at LSB's Arkansas chemical plant.
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Japanese chemical company to open new facility in Georgia

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The new plant will manufacture fiber-free potassium titanate, called Terracess, which is used in the production of brake pads.
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China's nitrous oxide emissions soar 37-fold between 1990 and 2012

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Estimated emissions of nitrous oxide in China will triple by 2020 unless urgent measures to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas are taken.
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Phillips 66 reports strong Q1 performance for midstream, chemical

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U.S. refining giant Phillips 66 has reported a 12 percent increase in profit in the first quarter of the year, with its midstream and chemical businesses playing a major role in the quarter's strong performance.
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Projected US bulk chemicals output varies across alternative energy price scenarios

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Projected bulk chemicals production is quite sensitive to alternative assumptions regarding long-term oil prices and domestic oil and natural gas resources.
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Chemical Safety Board slams regulators for failing to prevent Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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The deadly explosion at West Fertilizer Co.'s plant in Texas could have been prevented, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board claims.
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University of California secures funding for research into chemical life cycles

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The U.S. EPA has awarded a multi-million-dollar grant to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a study into the impact of chemicals throughout their entire life cycle.
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