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Shell Seeks Ethane For Proposed PA Plant

August 28, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Shell Oil Co. is seeking ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will accept bids from August 27 to October 4, 2013. Shell is still a year or more away from making a final decision on whether to build the multi-billion dollar plant at an industrial site about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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New Water Permitting Requirements Issued For CA

August 27, 2013 3:23 pm | by David Metres, Associate with Barg Coffin

California water regulators recently published a new draft of permitting requirements applicable to many businesses – including many businesses never before subject to water quality regulation.  After 16 years of settled practice, businesses will face a significant change to storm water regulation in California if the draft requirements become the law.

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Toyota Raises New Corolla Base Price

August 27, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota is raising the base price of its reworked Corolla compact car by 3.5 percent. Toyota is giving the Corolla a sportier look and more gadgets, a recognition by the world's biggest automaker that the under-50 crowd wants more than just reliability in a compact car. 

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Safety Vs. Enforcement: Agencies At Odds Over Probe

August 27, 2013 2:29 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press

The federal government is fighting with itself over a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California that sent 15,000 people to hospitals with respiratory ailments. In one corner is the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. In the other is the EPA.

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AL Professor Creates Carbon-Capturing System

August 27, 2013 2:25 pm | by Ed Enoch, The Tuscaloosa News

A Colorado company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.

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United Airlines Makes Emergency Landing In ID

August 27, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

A United Airlines 737 flying from Seattle to Houston made an emergency landing in Idaho after one of its two engines apparently shut down. Police say the airplane landed safely at the Pocatello Regional Airport just after 2:50 a.m. Tuesday.

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Lab Owner Sentenced To 40 Months In Waste Case

August 27, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

An environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson sentenced Tennie White to 40 months during a hearing Monday. 

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Maruti Suzuki Says New Plant Delayed

August 27, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said Tuesday that the opening of its new plant in India's western state of Gujarat will be delayed due to the overall slowdown of the Indian economy and car market. The company's chairman, R.C. Bhargava, stated that the Indian unit of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. will "miss the target" of commissioning its Gujarat plant by March 31, 2016.

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Poor Supervision Cited At NY-Run Steam Plant

August 27, 2013 10:18 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

Poor supervision at the steam plant serving the state government complex in Albany led to misbehavior by workers that included watching "Dancing With the Stars," being drunk on the job, and leaving bedrolls and beer cans in the facility, New York's inspector general reported Monday.

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Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since TX Blast

August 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday. A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across Texas was also said to have rebuffed a state request to share data since the April explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15 people and injured 200 others.

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Harley Exec Rides New Bike Off Line At PA Plant

August 27, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

A central Pennsylvania plant that manufactures Harley-Davidson motorcycles got a visit from the great-grandson of one of the company's co-founders. To kick off the company's 110th anniversary, 52-year-old Bill Davidson revved up the latest ride Monday: a 2014 Street Glide Special.

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Fast Plant Is Boost For Japan Auto 'Also-Ran' Mazda

August 27, 2013 10:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds. The revamped Hofu plant underlines how Mazda Motor Corp. has defied skeptics who predicted the automaker's demise after Ford Motor Co. ended a long partnership.

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Aluminum Products Maker To Expand VA Plant

August 27, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Aluminum products maker Service Center Metals is marking its 10th year in business with an expansion of its plant in Prince George County. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the company has started construction on an 80,000-square-foot building adjacent to its plant.

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Peugeot Looks To New Hatchback For Turnaround

August 27, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Peugeot is hoping a total revamp of its midsized hatchback — a category that Volkswagen has long dominated — will help lead the struggling French company's turnaround. The company's chief executive, Maxime Picat, says that all the elements for a rebound are in place. 

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Startups Gain Appeal As Some Japan Inc. Names Fade

August 26, 2013 2:23 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, a Tokyo district known for youth culture and tech ventures, defectors from corporate Japan are hard at work for a little known company they fervently believe will be the country's next big manufacturing success.

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Probe Doesn't Find Fraud At BP Spill Claims Office

August 26, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala. claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud.

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Photo Of The Day: Coke's Secret Recipe

August 26, 2013 2:17 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

The ability to push a quaint narrative about a product's origins and fuel a sense of nostalgia can help drive billions of dollars in sales. That's invaluable at a time when food makers face greater competition from smaller players and cheaper supermarket store brands that appeal to cash-strapped Americans.

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First Solar Sells Projects To Group Led By GE

August 26, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal marks the first between First Solar and GE since their solar technology and commercial partnership was announced earlier this month.

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New 'Green Energy' Plants Planned For LA

August 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. 

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Tesla Shares Jump On Popularity In CA

August 26, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Tesla Motors Inc.'s shares jumped Monday on a report that its Model S is gaining popularity in California. The report, released by the California New Car Dealers Association, found that the Tesla Model S is among the top five selling models in the luxury and sports-car segment in the state through June of this year.

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