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EPA to fund research into chemical exposure on brain development

Four academic institutions across the United States will be awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for researching the impact of chemicals on various biological processes and the potential adverse effect they may have on brain development.
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Report predicts rise in global chemical industry mergers & acquisitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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