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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Emails Tie Duke Energy To NC Regulators

March 14, 2014 10:38 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Internal emails between staff at North Carolina's environmental agency suggest state regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company over groundwater pollution leeching from its coal ash dumps.

Visitors Still Worried About WV Water

March 14, 2014 10:31 am | by JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

A chemical spill that tainted the tap water for 300,000 West Virginians two months ago continues to concern many people far outside the spill area who are confronting their own worries about Charleston's water as they visit this week for a state basketball tournament.

Bed Bath & Beyond Asks Vendors To Cut Chemicals

March 14, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond is asking its vendors to voluntarily cut down use of some harmful chemicals in their products.                                         

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Freedom Industries Demolishing WV Facility

March 13, 2014 9:53 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company at the center of a chemical spill into 300,000 West Virginians' drinking water submitted plans Wednesday to demolish its facility.                           

"Bad Apple" Petition Fights iPhone Chemical Components

March 13, 2014 9:47 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.       

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.

2 Injured In Acid Spill At CA Tesoro Plant

March 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Only a month after a similar incident at the Tesoro Refinery in Martinez, California, two workers were hospitalized after being sprayed with sulfuric acid.                                                     

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Q&A: Impact Of California's Green Chemistry Law

March 10, 2014 8:32 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In the wake of California's Green Chemistry Law, and the associated regulations that will become public later this year, Chem.Info spoke with Michael Kirschner about what the forthcoming regulations will mean for manufacturers and what they can be doing to prepare now. 

20 Hospitalized After Chemical Spill

March 4, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 20 employees of a North Carolina county have gone to the hospital for evaluation after a toxic dry cleaning chemical spill at the county jail.                                

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Chemical Transparency: A Window Of Opportunity?

March 4, 2014 5:47 am | by Joel Makower, Greenbiz.com | Blogs | Comments

Concerns over toxic substances in everyday life have been around since Rachel Carson penned "Silent Spring" more than a half-century ago. But getting these chemicals out of products and supply chains has been slow-going, especially as government regulation of such chemicals has been timid. Regulation by the marketplace is another matter. 

Tesoro CA Restarts After Incident

March 3, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say a Northern California refinery can restart a unit that was shut down after a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.                                  

Washington, D.C. – Kate Donahue, President of Hampford Research, Inc., and a member of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ Board of Governors, testified before a House Homeland Security subcommittee, stating that specialty chemical manuf

Manufacturers Call For A Stronger CFATS

March 3, 2014 10:01 am | by SOCMA | News | Comments

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ Board of Governors is calling for greater regulatory certainty of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) through a long-term authorization.                      

Greener Chemistry Soon To Be A Reality In California

March 3, 2014 6:02 am | by Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON | Articles | Comments

The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.

Tesoro Blocks Federal Inquiry Into Incident

February 27, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.                                

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Creditors Question Freedom Industries In Court

February 26, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Fertilizer Plant Fire Causes City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 4:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant.                                  

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries Paid Out $6M Before Bankruptcy

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill paid about $6 million to executives and associated companies in the year before filing for bankruptcy.

North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

Arsenic Still Leaking From 2nd NC Pipe

February 19, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine WV counties is suitable for all daily needs. But many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9, are not convinced.

WV Still Wary Of Water A Month After Spill

February 18, 2014 10:21 am | by ALEX SANZ, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine WV counties is suitable for all daily needs. But many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9 are not convinced.              

Dow Rebuffs Third Point

February 12, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is rejecting a push by a major shareholder to break off its petrochemicals division.                                          

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

House Holds WV Spill Hearing

February 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal safety official says tanks at the facility that spilled chemicals into a major water supply in West Virginia were not necessarily in compliance with standards months before the leak.

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

Freedom Industries Moves Chemicals To PA

February 6, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of gallons of the chemical that spilled into the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians will be heading to Pennsylvania on Tuesday.             

Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes. The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingred

Subway Removing Chemical From Bread

February 6, 2014 10:48 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes. The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide.

Feds Reaffirm WV Water Safe

February 6, 2014 10:23 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal health official said Wednesday that West Virginians can use tap water however they choose after last month's chemical spill contaminated it for days. Still, public skepticism remains over its safety and some local doctors are advising some of their patients not to ingest it.

Slime Busting Coating For More Sustainable Ships

February 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by AkzoNobel | Videos | Comments

At his lab, Mehmet Atlar, Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at Newcastle University, is working on new polymers that can be painted to the hulls of ships to prevent the build-up of various underwater slimes. It’s a bit like the non-stick surface of a frying pan, which prevents anything from adhering. By testing model ships in various conditions, Altar is already seeing results.

WV Utility Gives Customers A Break Post-Spill

February 5, 2014 10:53 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

After having to run faucets to clear out their systems, West Virginia residents and small businesses who had to stop using water because the supply was tainted by a chemical spill will get a break on their bills.

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