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Blast Hits Southern California Refinery

February 18, 2015 4:16 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The facility — a structure several stories tall — was shattered. Crews poured water onto the structure afterward, and a fire spokesman said at midday the situation was controlled.

Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

February 18, 2015 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

Gas Explosion in Mexico Caused by Worn Bolts on Gas Truck

February 18, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican officials said Monday that two worn-out bolts on a gas tanker truck broke, causing a leak that resulted in a hospital explosion that killed five people last month.

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Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

W.Va. Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy at Crossroads

February 17, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A potential insurance settlement could pay for projects that benefit the affected residents, like additional water testing or health studies.

West Virginia Train Derails: Fires, Oil Tanker in River

February 17, 2015 9:06 am | by JOHN RABY, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm in West Virginia, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday.

Ex-New Mexico Nuke Dump Workers to be Offered Free Screening

February 16, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project out of a New York college is set to offer free medical-screening programs for former workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository.

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Dash Cam Footage Shows Orange Cloud From Chemical Blast in Spain

February 13, 2015 12:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

For most, the restrictions were lifted within a few hours, as the cloud passed. But a day after the blast, authorities were still asking that children, the elderly, and pregnant women stay indoors. This dash cam footage shows how the bright orange chemical cloud filled the sky.

IBM, New York Residents Reach Settlement in Pollution Lawsuit

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

A settlement has been reached in a $100 million lawsuit filed by businesses and residents of an upstate New York village where a toxic chemical from a former IBM plant polluted their neighborhoods.

Chemical Safety Board Under Fire

February 12, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents has come under increasing fire on a number of fronts in recent days, with former employees, members of Congress and even the Obama administration calling its activities into question.

Thought Leadership Series: How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 3:47 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

According to Chem.Info's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, on a day-to-day basis, many manufacturers have their hands full working on their core competencies like pumping out quality products, and struggle in critical areas like safety compliance and documentation. Sound familiar?

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.

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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.

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.

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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