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Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 12, 2015 3:20 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Foodmanufacturing.com | News | Comments

The consumer health group says the confectioners have failed to warn its consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies' chocolate products.

Spain: Toxic Cloud Spreads Over 5 Towns After Chemical Blast

February 12, 2015 9:40 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spanish authorities ordered the residents of five northeastern towns to stay indoors for some two hours after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a large, orange toxic cloud over the area.

Oka. Lawsuit Targets Connection Between Fracking And Earthquakes

February 12, 2015 9:35 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

To win, the plaintiff will need to successfully argue that fracking wastewater disposal methods cause earthquakes, and that the energy companies engaging in the disposal are liable for damages caused by the earthquakes.

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Company Identifies Chemical That Caused California Explosion

February 11, 2015 5:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Emergency responders originally could not identify the substance, some 1,000 gallons of which was spilled onto an agricultural area near Santa Paula, about an hour northwest of the Los Angeles area.

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations.

Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 10, 2015 5:18 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is back in the news this week...

Ex-W.Va. Chemical Company Executives Seek Delay of Trials

February 10, 2015 1:06 pm | by Charleston Daily Mail; Charleston, West Virginia | News | Comments

Four former executives of a West Virginia chemical company are asking a judge to delay their trials on charges stemming from a spill. Attorneys for former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern and former owners Dennis Farrell, Charles Herzing and William Tis requested the delays in motions filed last week.

New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Since marijuana was legalized for recreational use in 2014, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with having them in your home. As the market continues to grow, more innovate laws and packaging solutions will be needed address these risks.

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Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 9, 2015 5:31 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Blogs | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

Scientists Warn That Novel Chemicals Found in Firefighters Blood Could be Toxic

February 9, 2015 4:51 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to the recently resleased research, there were nine fluorinated compounds in the data that stood out in only the firefighters’ blood, either exclusively or in higher concentrations — four of them are mystery compounds that have never been publically reported.

Tiny Sensors Inspired by Butterfly Wings Could Improve Bomb Detection

February 9, 2015 3:15 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The tiny device might be a game changer in detecting hazardous materials like chemical oxidizers and explosives, a process that today requires large and expensive equipment like spectrometers and chromatographs. Instead, the new sensor, which should cost a few cents to produce, is 300 times smaller and consumes 100 times less power.

Explosion at Chemical Plant in Eastern Ukraine Sparks Fire

February 9, 2015 9:19 am | by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion rocked a chemical plant and set it on fire Monday outside the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Rebels said the plant was hit by government shelling. No casualties or damage were immediately reported from the blast, which could be heard in downtown Donetsk.

Japan Readies First Robot to Probe Melted Fukushima Reactor

February 6, 2015 9:41 am | by MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Assessing the damage inside the reactors is a crucial step in the decommissioning of the plant, which was badly damaged by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Use of a remote-controlled robot is essential because no humans can go close to the reactor chambers because of their fatally high radiation levels.

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Plant in St. James Parish Seeks Permit to Emit Mercury

February 5, 2015 5:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Advocated reports the owners of the once-bankrupt Kaiser Aluminum complex on the Mississippi River are asking state regulators for permission to release up to 250 pounds of mercury per year. That would make the plant one of the largest mercury polluters of Louisiana's air...

Ethanol From Derailed Train Leaking Into Mississippi River

February 5, 2015 5:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad officials say it's unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River following a train derailment in eastern Iowa, but that they're working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train. Local authorities say three cars caught fire and three others plunged into the river.

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Budget Includes Extra Funding For OSHA

February 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The proposals, however, are likely to meet resistance from Republicans, many of whom have expressed concerns about regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. OSHA, which conducts safety inspections at worksites, would receive funding to improve its enforcement of more than 20 whistleblower protection laws, two top agency administrators wrote.

New Alliance Aims to Protect Workers and First Responders From Hazardous Fertilizers

February 4, 2015 4:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

In one of the latest moves to improve chemical safety standards by bolstering coordination and information sharing among federal agencies, OSHA and the EPA recently signed an alliance with Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners to improve safety when handling dangerous fertilizers.

Mustard Gas in The US — Why we Have it And How Scientists Are Preparing to Destroy It

February 4, 2015 1:36 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

It’s the end of an era. Scientists are now prepping to dispose of 780,000 artillery and mortar shells of mustard gas at the Pueblo Chemical Depot next month. How and why was this stockpile built? Here are five facts about mustard gas and how chemists are going to destroy it.    

Burning Oilfields After Fighting in Iraq

February 3, 2015 5:19 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

After a dramatic weekend of clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) fighters and Kurdish forces, an oilfield in Iraq has been left burning and damaged. As of Monday, service from the oilfield was still halted, potentially putting a dent in revenue from the country’s key export.

Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 3, 2015 4:08 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The researchers from the study say it provides “strong evidence” that exposure to pyrethroid pesticides, including deltamethrin, may be a risk factor for ADHD. The mice in the study displayed symptoms such as dysfunctional dopamine signaling to the brain, hyperactivity, working memory, attention deficits and impulsive-like behavior.

Walmart, Target Announce Efforts to Improve Chemicals in Personal Care Products

February 3, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The efforts stemmed from the Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit where event organizers concluded that product manufacturers should aim to produce safer consumer goods instead of simply relying on regulations or bans on specific chemicals.

Goats Offered as Alternative For Clearing Area of Plutonium

February 2, 2015 5:17 pm | by Daily Camera; Boulder, Colo. | News | Comments

A goat herder who has a college degree in weed sciences told federal wildlife officials that she could eliminate the need for a possible 700-acre controlled burn at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge by turning her goats loose there and eliminate concerns over spreading radioactive plutonium.

Obama Proposes New Agency to Make Americans' Food Safer

February 2, 2015 5:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those functions together in a single home.

13 Workers Charred Beyond Recognition in Bangladesh Plastics Factory Fire

February 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

This latest fire could turn the spotlight to what some say is Dhaka’s emerging plastics industry. Bangladesh is home to about 3,000 plastics manufacturing units and some have predicted the industry could grow more. But if huge safety concerns are revealed, it’s likely to be bumpy growth that’s fraught with labor unrest and investor concerns.

NYC Pharmacist Who Tried to Make Ricin Sentenced to Prison

February 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jordan Gonzalez admitted he had been assembling equipment and materials to produce ricin, abrin and other toxins at his apartments in Jersey City and Manhattan. Gonzalez also obtained weapons, ammunition, body armor and survivalist-themed manuals.

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