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Explosions destroy Mississippi biodiesel plant

January 24, 2014
A biodiesel plant in northern Mississippi was destroyed on Jan. 22 after two explosions and a subsequent blaze razed it to the ground.
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Carnivorous plant inspires scientists to create protective coatings

January 23, 2014
A team at Harvard University has mimicked the carnivorous pitcher plant’s inner skin design to produce a transparent coating capable of being economically applied to almost any object -- large or small.
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US Chemical Safety Board rejects new refinery safety rules

January 17, 2014
The Chemical Safety Board has decided that current refinery safety practices in California do not need any changes, claiming that the proposed plan was too ambitious and would not result in immediate improvements in refinery safety.
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Federal agencies propose measures to improve chemical plant safety

January 8, 2014
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

January 7, 2014
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

January 7, 2014
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

December 30, 2013
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

December 19, 2013
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

December 18, 2013
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

December 18, 2013
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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