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4/26/2018

Kraton posted $22.1 million in profit on $502.4 million in revenue in the first quarter, with both figures improvements from a year earlier. The company noted gains in adjusted profitability for its polymer and chemical segments.

4/26/2018

One of SABIC's affiliates in Saudi Arabia began using reliability, availability and maintainability modeling after a lightning storm made plant operators realize the consequences of unplanned downtime. SABIC's John Bruijnooge explains how RAM modeling tracks all assets to predict downtime.

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Plant Services online
4/25/2018

France is one step closer to banning alternative meat companies from using terms such as "steak" and "sausage" to describe their plant-based products after the French National Assembly approved the measure last week. The move follows significant growth in the European market for meat-free products.

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4/25/2018

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s has raised concerns with a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found high doses of EPA and DHA did not have an effect on dry eye disease. "Given that many of the trial participants were already using other treatments upon recruitment and continued to use them throughout the study, this was not a study of omega-3 alone (monotherapy)," the organization said, adding that the press release overstated the results.

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EPA, Global Organization, GOED
4/25/2018

A person's risk of heart attack, heart failure or stroke won't decrease by eating nuts if other healthy lifestyle factors are not in place, according to a new study of 61,000 adults over 17 years. However, the study found a decreased risk of atrial fibrillation with nut consumption, even without the other lifestyle factors. "Nuts are a good food, but they may not provide as much benefit as we once thought," said lead author Susanna Larsson.

4/25/2018

An upgraded version of Agroideal, a tool developed by a partnership including The Nature Conservancy and Bunge Ltd., is helping soybean farmers increase sustainability by mapping possible development sites and forest degradation.
"Important data are now consolidated in one system and available for risk assessments on native vegetation, on suitability, and on some social risks that we inserted, data considered relevant" for the entire soy supply chain, said The Nature Conservancy's Rodrigo Spuri.

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Nature Conservancy
4/25/2018

David Vitter, a former senator who co-wrote the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, says the Environmental Protection Agency is working well at implementing changes. "TSCA implementation is a big challenge, but I think they're clearly taking it seriously," he said.

4/25/2018

Linde posted lower sales but saw 12% growth in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in its first quarter. The company's merger with Praxair awaits regulatory approvals, including that of the EU.

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Linde, Praxair, EU
4/24/2018

Reauthorizing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program before it sunsets must be a priority for Congress, writes Eric Byer, president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. Such "a bipartisan issue like CFATS that helps ensure the security of our nation must not be lost in the political shuffle," he writes.

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The Hill
4/24/2018

The Trump administration is focused on "removing unnecessary and harmful regulations that restrain economic growth," according to a statement by President Donald Trump. "A healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand," he said.

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President Donald Trump