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FEMA & WV To Cover Chemical Spill Cleanup Costs

April 17, 2014 10:13 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public agencies and nonprofits that helped after a Jan. 9 chemical leak into the water supply could receive $2 million in reimbursements for their emergency work, a West Virginia homeland security official said.                        

Georgia Factory Accused Of Polluting Altamaha River

April 15, 2014 10:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of...

BNSF Promises More Fertilizer Trains

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for...

In The Wake Of West Anniversary, Fire Chief Urges Changes

April 15, 2014 10:05 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state ...

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Oil Leak Blamed For Benzene Contamination

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.            

Benzene Taints Water Supply

April 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities have cut water supplies to a district in a northwestern city after excessive levels of a toxic chemical were found in tap water.                           

The Heat Is On Sriracha

April 11, 2014 10:18 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.                     

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NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 10:26 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report.

Fertilizer Plant Talks Reopen

April 9, 2014 11:23 am | by TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana economic development officials are renewing talks with developers proposing to build a fertilizer plant in southwest Indiana, one year after the state withdrew its support over national security concerns.                                 

Health Dept. Joins WV Chemical Spill Lawsuit

April 9, 2014 11:07 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans to join the city of Charleston in suing over a spill that contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water supply.                                               

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 President "Bears No Fault"

April 7, 2014 10:22 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of Freedom Industries "bears no fault" for a West Virginia chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban for up to 10 days for 300,000 people, his lawyer says in a court filing.                

Chemical Firm Cleans Up Pollution In Spartanburg

April 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company is helping clean up a Spartanburg neighborhood even as it fight claims that it polluted the ground and water, causing illnesses and dropping property values.                                

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Chemical Leak At Ohio Nuclear Plant

April 3, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a northeast Ohio nuclear power plant says a refrigerant leaked from equipment in a building on the site, prompting air monitoring for the chemical.                                                                       

Maker Of d-CON Pushes Back Against California Green Chemistry Laws

April 1, 2014 10:27 am | by CHANNING JOSEPH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.                 

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

Looking Back At The West Virginia Chemical Spill: Myths & Facts

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Unsurprisingly, many are using the West Viriginia chemical spill to push the government to tighten chemical regulations across the country. The typical reaction to this kind of incident is to demand increased transparency - but is that the real problem? And is it a real solution? A new report lays out some of the myths and facts surrounding the spill and the media frenzy that followed. 

Freedom Industries' President Will Not Be Paid During Bankruptcy

March 31, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A request by the president of Freedom Industries to get paid is facing opposition in bankruptcy court.                                         

9 Injured In Acid Tank Explosion

March 31, 2014 10:27 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said. 

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Cold Weather Won't Keep Chemical Equity Prices Down

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

While winter weather extremes continue to impact the economy, strengthening chemical equity prices drove solid gains in the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer. March’s reading featured a gain of 0.3% over February, rebounding past the average 0.2% gain in late 2013, and pointing to modest but continued growth in the U.S. economy.

Sight-Glass Light

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

L.J. Star Inc. introduces the LumiStar3000™, a 60mm LED sight-glass light, is capable of outputting 3000 lumens at full brightness and produces four times the light output of a standard 100W halogen luminaire with less energy and heat.

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions in place and adequate training, severe injuries or death can occur. OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication standard to adopt the Globally Harmoni

Debunking Hazard Communication Misconceptions

March 27, 2014 4:57 am | by CINTAS | Articles | Comments

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.

WV Still Shows Trace Of Spilled Chemical

March 25, 2014 4:36 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests last week at a West Virginia water plant still show traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply on Jan. 9.                                     

Bugs Are Eating Biotech Corn

March 24, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa State University researchers found that rootworms have developed resistance to two of the four genetic traits in corn plants that are engineered to kill rootworms. Iowa State professor Aaron Gassmann said the problem isn't widespread yet, but farmers and seed companies should consider changing their approaches to pest control.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

U.S. Chemical Production Expanded In February

March 24, 2014 9:56 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) grew 0.3 percent in February.                                  

California Announces First Three Green Chemistry 'Priority Products'

March 18, 2014 1:00 am | by By Peter Hsiao, William Tarantino, and Lois Miyashiro | Articles | Comments

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations. Although DTSC had legal authority to regulate five products under the implementing regulations, they selected only three classes of products.   

Freedom Industries President Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 11:21 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.                      

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.                                         

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.                           

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