Americas top stories - weekly summary

01 April 2013 14:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 29 March 2013.

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US issues new gasoline emission standards, industry balks
Federal officials on Friday proposed tougher sulphur standards and other emissions restrictions for gasoline, saying the rules would save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in medical care at little cost to refiners or consumers.

US Honeywell agrees to $3m fine in Virginia plant pollution case
Honeywell Resins and Chemicals has agreed to pay a $3m (€2.34m) civil penalty for alleged Clear Air Act violations at its Hopewell, Virginia, plant, as well as improve the facility’s air pollution control equipment and processes, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday.

US Mosaic fiscal Q3 net income, margins improve; sales rise 2.2%
Mosaic’s fiscal 2013 third-quarter net earnings rose 26% year on year to $345m (€269m) as sales were up 2.2% to $2.24bn, the US-based fertilizer firm said on Thursday.

AFPM ’13: Some see Asian BD coming to US on spot price gap
Market sources are starting to ask if it makes sense to bring Asian butadiene (BD) to the US to exploit a short-term price gap.

US EPA names expert panel to review fracking study
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced a 31-member panel of experts that is to review the agency’s developing and controversial study on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water supplies.

AFPM '13: April US BD contract price settles at rollover
The US butadiene (BD) contract price for April has settled at rollover, market sources said on Monday.

By: Staff Reporter
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