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Business news briefs — Feb. 16


Hiring goal set

Amazon says it is hiring more than 2,500 full-time workers at its order fulfillment centers around the U.S. Inc. said the jobs are available in Chester, Va., and Petersburg, Va.; Coffeyville, Kan.; Columbia, S.C.; Dupont, Wash., and Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The world’s largest online retailer says last year it hired more than 20,000 people at its fulfillment centers, with more than half starting out as seasonal workers. Amazon says the median income for people working at its order-fulfillment facilities is higher than at traditional retailers.

The Seattle-based company had 117,300 full-time and part-time employees at the end of 2013, according to a regulatory filing.

— Associated Press


Diesel fracking rules

The Environmental Protection Agency issued measures for using diesel in hydraulic fracturing, setting standards it said could be adopted by states to govern a process that has spurred the boom in natural gas production.

While drillers say diesel has mostly been phased out of fracking, they sought to block the EPA’s criteria, saying it could lead to greater federal oversight and permit delays.

The agency said the standards rely on state and industry best practices, and are part of its efforts to ensure “responsible development” of gas trapped in shale. Among other measures, the EPA is recommending baseline and follow-up testing of water sources near drilling sites.

States “updating regulations for hydraulic fracturing may find the recommendations useful in improving the protection of underground sources of drinking water and public health more broadly,” the agency said.

In 2005, Congress exempted fracking from the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

— Bloomberg News


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