Recent Reads for 1/15/2015

World Chemical Outlook: Forecast is for growth, but clouds loom in the form of China, Brazil, and Europe – US chemical output increase 3.8% in 2015, and the 2016 forecast is for continued growth driven by low energy prices and healthy consumer demand.  C&EN

Chemical Employers To Face Tougher Worker Safety Penalties: OSHA is boosting civil fines and working with Department of Justice to expand criminal charges C&EN

The profitability of ethanol production in 2015 – benchmark model shows $0.10 profits for first half of 2015 and $0.03 for second half of 2015 AG Professional

The Crop Surplus Is Bad News for America’s Farms – low crop prices, falling exports, increasing interest rates, high inventories, overstimulated land prices. Governors’ Biofuels Coalition

U.S. official sees more cyber attacks on industrial control systems – … the increase in attacks was mainly because more control systems are directly connected to the Internet. Reuters

Interview: New Siluria CEO sees opportunity in small-scale petrochemicals Hydrocarbon Processing


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