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Worker Dies After Found Unconscious at Citgo Unit in Texas

January 14, 2015 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker has died after being found unconscious at a Citgo Petroleum Corp. refinery in South Texas. Citgo officials on Wednesday did not immediately release the name of the worker who died following the accident at a plant in Corpus Christi.

Recycling Plant Owner Admits Illegal Chemical Dumping

January 13, 2015 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent exposure to a hazardous air pollutant.

DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. Four employees at the DuPont plant died after being exposed to methyl mercaptan on Nov. 15. Federal officials and the state agency are investigating the deaths.

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Air Force Personnel May Have Been Exposed to Agent Orange After Vietnam

January 12, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A generation of American service personnel continues to deal with the effects of Agent Orange more than 40 years after the military ceased spraying the powerful herbicide during the Vietnam War. According to a recent federal report, military personnel working on Vietnam-era aircraft years after that campaign ended may have been exposed to dangerous levels of the harmful chemicals.

EPA Proposes Limits to Chemicals Used in Consumer Products

January 12, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced steps allowing it to limit the use of toluene diisocyanate, a common chemical in commercial products which the agency said can cause asthma and lung damage. The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the agency at least 90 days prior to starting or resuming use of TDI at certain levels.

Work Expected to Resume at Damaged Iowa Plant in a Few Days

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Sioux City Journal; Sioux City, Iowa | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported.

Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its  factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not long after midday at the factory in Paju city.

Obama Administration Sued Over Gulf of Mexico Fracking Info

January 9, 2015 12:25 pm | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental advocacy group sued the Obama administration in federal court on Thursday for refusing to release documents detailing the extent of fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. Samantha Joye, a marine sciences professor at the University of Georgia who studies effects of oil spills on the sea environment, said there have been no scientific studies looking at fracking chemicals in the ocean.

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After 2 Workers Injured, 1 Fatally, OSHA Cites MFG Chemical Inc.

January 9, 2015 9:42 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

OSHA has issued MFG Chemical Inc. citations following an incident involving the release of chemical vapors from an over-pressurized reactor, which left one worker hospitalized and another dead from burns in his respiratory system. OSHA’s proposed penalties total $87,780.

Should The Texan Earthquakes Speed up Regulations Talk?

January 8, 2015 5:20 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

On Monday research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their boots.

Judge Keeps Most of Gag Order in Former W.Va. Coal Exec Case

January 8, 2015 9:43 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger wrote that she needs much of the gag order intact to maintain a fair trial with unbiased prospective jurors in southern West Virginia.

Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products Could Taint Swimming Pools

January 7, 2015 9:22 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A new study suggests pharmaceuticals and chemicals from personal care products end up in swimming pools, possibly interacting with chlorine to produce disinfection byproducts with unknown properties and health effects. A research group led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed an analytical technique that identifies and quantifies 32 pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water.

NYC Fields Over 200 Pre-Suit Claims From Gas Blast

December 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City could face more than 200 lawsuits over a gas explosion that leveled two buildings and killed eight people earlier this year. The explosion destroyed two five-story East Harlem apartment buildings and injured more than 60 people.

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China Fires Officials Over Deadly Factory Blast

December 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Cabinet announced on Tuesday the firing of the top two officials where an explosion at an auto parts factory in August killed 146 people in the country's worst industrial accident since 2005. A national investigation team found that plant management failed to provide safety training for workers and ignored rules on building spacing, density in manufacturing lines, dust cleanup, and use of anti-explosion equipment.

Suicide Bombers Attack Syria Gas Facilities

December 29, 2014 10:07 am | by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Syrian official says two suicide attackers have targeted separate natural gas facilities in the central province of Homs, killing eight people. The state news agency SANA also reported the attacks, saying guards opened fire at the attackers as they drove toward the plants, forcing them to detonate their payloads before reaching their targets.

3 S. Korea Workers Die at Nuke Plant Construction Site

December 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.

Enbridge Oil Spill Settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M

December 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December. The company has estimated cleanup costs to be about $1.2 billion, including $227 million on environmental consultants.

FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 10:13 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA has said that people may not realize the powdered form is a pure chemical, and that the difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose is very small.

Abandoned Asbestos Mines Still a Hazard in India

December 22, 2014 10:20 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

A Look at Large Coal Ash Spills in The US

December 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The Obama administration recently ended a six-year effort to set standards for waste generate from coal that began after a massive spill of ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Here is a look at three of the largest coal ash spills in the U.S.

US Coal Mines Nearing Record Low in Worker Deaths

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

2 Killed, 3 Hurt in Explosion, Fire at Oklahoma Oil Rig

December 19, 2014 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma. Authorities said the explosion occurred at the rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate in a remote area of rural Coal County about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

New Reports Outline Texas Plant Chaos, 4 Deaths

December 19, 2014 3:14 pm | by LISE OLSEN, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

Harris County investigators' reports paint a picture of confusion, chaos and delays in those early morning hours of Nov. 15 when DuPont workers became overcome and died as 23,000 pounds of toxic gases accumulated from a leak inside the pesticide unit.

Extreme Temperatures And Other Hazards Found at Birds Eye Foods Plant

December 18, 2014 9:20 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

One would expect subzero temperatures in the Arctic Circle and understand the need for a coat, but employees working in a 40-degree-below-zero Fahrenheit freezer at Birds Eye Foods Inc. in Darien were left in the cold. OSHA also discovered slip, trip and fall hazards on unclean freezer floors.

Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” than you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!”  But if you are what you eat, then you are also what you eat eats.

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