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Report predicts rise in global chemical industry mergers & acquisitions

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Mergers and acquisitions activity in 2014 for the global chemical industry will likely increase due to downstream value-added opportunities, continued strength in specialty chemicals and portfolio realignments in North America.
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EPA: Toxic chemicals releases dropped 12% in 2012

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Overall, 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the air, water or land in 2012, the report found.
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Chemical engineers select top 10 inventions of modern era

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Chemical engineers have voted on what they feel are the most important chemically engineered inventions and solutions of the modern era.
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US chemical output slightly up in December

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Last year was generally positive for the U.S. chemical industry but the outlook for 2014 is even better, according to the American Chemistry Council.
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CSB releases draft report on deadly Tesoro blast in 2010

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released its draft report on the investigation of the explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., in April 2010, identifying a "high temperature hydrogen attack," or HTHA, as the cause of the incident.
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Explosions destroy Mississippi biodiesel plant

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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