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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' Remediation Efforts May Be Lightened

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Previous agreements required Freedom to remove all contaminated soil and groundwater. The new agreement leaves that option on the table, but also allows Freedom to apply for the Land Restoration Voluntary Remediation Program. During bankruptcy proceedings company officials have said this program would be less expensive.

Fracking Accident Leads To Fatality In Colorado

November 14, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line in below zero temperatures at the well site when it ruptured. One man was hit by a stream of water and died from the impact.                                          

29 Deaths Lead To Indictment Of "The Dark Lord Of Coal Country"

November 14, 2014 10:37 am | by John Raby and Allen G. Breed, AP | News | Comments

Don Blankenship has become the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy stemming from the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

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Company Exposed Workers to Amputation, Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 1:11 pm | News | Comments

According to OSHA, service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods, Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

21 Confirmed Dead In Collapsed Mine

November 12, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

An explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets, but ended with the confirmation of the 21 deaths. Authorities determined that the mine was operating illegally.

Hundreds Of Kids Poisoned By Detergent Pods

November 10, 2014 10:50 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP | News | Comments

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets mistaken for toys or candy have resulted in coma and seizures for many children. There have been more than 17,000 poison center calls related to the products over the last two years.

Despite Concerns, Stronger Regs Lead To Restarting Japanese Reactor

November 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

On the same day three workers were injured at the most notorious nuclear reactor on the planet, approval was given by the Japanese government to restart a reactor in the country for the first time since the Fukushima meltdown. Proponents point to stronger regulatory action, but local concern persists.

Drone Near French Nuclear Plant Leads To Arrests

November 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.                             

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Owner Won't Retrieve 29 Killed In Mine Explosion

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | by Nick Perry, AP | News | Comments

Solid Energy issued a statement saying the company was unable to come up with a safe re-entry plan. A government investigation found Pike River Coal ignored 21 warnings that methane gas had accumulated to explosive levels in the mine.     

Spontaneous Combustion Destroys Grain Plant

November 5, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

Fire crews from more than two dozen departments battled the fire in the Livingston County town of Caledonia, 15 miles south of Rochester. The site is the largest dairy feed manufacturing facility and dry fertilizer distribution center in the region.

Fracking Ban On The Ballot In North Texas

November 2, 2014 8:15 pm | by Emily Schmall, AP | News | Comments

Scores of cities in other states have considered similar bans over health and environmental concerns. But the proposal in Denton is a litmus test on whether any community in Texas — the nation's biggest oil and gas producer — can rebuff the industry and still thrive.

Explosion-Proof LED With 360-Degree Visibility

October 31, 2014 1:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics announces the release of a new four-foot explosion-proof portable LED flood lighting system.

Columbia Coal Mine Collapses - Trapping Miners

October 31, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

A specialized mine rescue team, as well as other searchers, are working at the scene. Antioquia Gov. Sergio Fajardo says it is likely to take three days to reach the men in a "very complicated" rescue operation.             

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Fireball Whisky Dispels Internet Rumors

October 29, 2014 10:45 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky assures its customers that the product is perfectly safe to drink. There is no recall in North America. Late last week Sazerac, the makers of Fireball, was contacted by its European bottler about an ingredient that was out of compliance with regulations.

18 Miners Trapped As Coal Mine Collapses

October 28, 2014 11:08 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed Tuesday, trapping 18 workers underground as water surged near them, officials said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards.     

130 Sickened By Toxic Gas Dump

October 27, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 130 people, most of them students, were hospitalized after inhaling a toxic gas in the southeastern city of Zahedan, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.               

Derailment, Explosion Caused By Distracted Driver

October 23, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A dump truck driver who caused a 15-car derailment and chemical explosion was on the phone and distracted when he failed to yield at a private railroad crossing, according to a final report issued by a federal investigative board Wednesday. 

Mine Operators Were Warned Before Accident

October 22, 2014 10:06 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine inspectors say operators were warned numerous times of potential danger at the Revenue-Virginius Mine days before two men died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in 2013.                                                     

Oil Company CEO Dies In Plane Crash

October 21, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said.                                      

When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About It?

October 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Blogs | Comments

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change.                                          

Explosion Rocks Rubber Processing Plant

October 20, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place.                              

3 Hurt In Chemistry Lab Explosion

October 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in upstate New York say three students were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a chemical explosion at the University of Rochester.                                

More Needed To Improve Oil Train Safety

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil-train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.    

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 15, 2014 2:34 pm | by Paul Leavoy, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The need to manage environment, health and safety performance across organizations has never been more apparent. The increased reliance on supply chains extending across the globe, the visibility afforded by online communications and the need to improve end-to-end sustainability are compelling businesses to account for EHS performance across the supply chain.

Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 14, 2014 5:13 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.                               

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