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New studies show vast benefits of offshore energy development

America is forfeiting hundreds of thousands of new jobs and tens of billions in GDP each year by maintaining governmental restrictions on energy development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). That’s according to two studies conducted by Quest Offshore Resources, Inc. and released this week by the National [...]

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Golden ticket: Peer inside the wonky world of candy chemistry

From mouth-puckering sour gummies, to milky chocolate cups with peanut butter or fruity centers, candy is tasty as it is unique – and it turns out chemistry plays a large part in what makes Halloween trick or treating so “spooktacular” and so sweet. So, here’s an “inside look” at candy chemistry and the manufacturers that [...]

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U.S. manufacturing exports surging due to shale gas

Exports of manufactured products have risen 6 percent since the start of America’s shale gas production boom, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It’s a sign that plentiful, affordable natural gas – already a strong catalyst for chemical industry export growth – is benefiting U.S. manufacturing. A reversal in U.S. [...]

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The many ‘spooktacular’ ways chemistry contributes to Halloween fun and safety

Got your costume for Halloween yet? Whether you’re a zombie or a princess, passing out candies at home or masquerading at a party, safety should play an important role in festivity planning for October 31. Chemistry is very much ingrained in and beneficial to those safety plans. Many Halloween safety tips from scientific and health [...]

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Picturing the impact of EPA’s ozone regulations

America’s chemical industry is undergoing a historic expansion, made possible by plentiful, affordable supplies of natural gas and NGLs from shale. But EPA’s upcoming ozone regulations could put the brakes on manufacturing growth in many parts of the country. Bright outlook for chemical industry investment Due to the U.S. chemical industry’s newfound competitiveness in the [...]

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Eastman Chemical, Merck win ENERGY STAR awards for use of CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems got a big boost this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handed out its latest ENERGY STAR awards. Eastman Chemical Company and Merck were among the companies recognized for “their highly efficient CHP systems.” Also known as cogeneration, CHP is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat [...]

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Chemistry can help save energy in NYC buildings

This week’s announcement by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that he wants to dramatically boost energy efficiency in the city’s buildings has garnered a lot of attention. His plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions calls for expanding the use of renewable energy sources, such as an 8-fold increase in private solar generation, and improving [...]

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Dow and Preferred Sands win 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award for TERAFORCE™ technology

“Innovation” in the 21st century can come from many industries and have a measurable impact on our way of life: social, environmental, economic or technological. But for American chemistry, innovation applies to “all of the above”: chemical companies are making real, tangible products that are helping to create a healthier, cleaner, stronger and more sustainable [...]

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FDA sticks to the science while revamping its BPA website

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refreshed its bisphenol A (BPA) website last week, the Agency’s stance on the safety of BPA remains the same. As the FDA puts it, “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods” and that “the use of BPA in food packaging and containers is safe.” [...]

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Biomonitoring Equivalents: A valuable scientific tool for making better chemical safety decisions

Among all the discussion and debate about improving how chemicals are managed to ensure the public and the environment are protected from potentially harmful exposures, at least one point stands out on which we can all agree: better access to information, as well as a greater understanding of that information, will help lead to better [...]

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