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Severe corrosion caused a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion in West Virginia that destroyed three houses and cooked a stretch of Interstate 77, and the incident likely could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or tested, t

Corrosion Blamed For WV Pipeline Blast

March 11, 2014 10:04 am | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Severe corrosion caused a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion in West Virginia and the incident likely could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or tested, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Monday.

Flaws Found In OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program

March 10, 2014 11:08 am | by LISE OLSEN, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a list of "the worst of the worst" employers in the nation — the Severe Violator Enforcement Program — and drilling companies with multiple fatalities should be on it, safety experts say.

Air Testing Shows No Radioactive Contamination

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

Investigators sent instruments used to measure air quality and radioactivity underground Friday and Saturday in the first step toward resuming operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot plant, which has been shut down since early February when a truck caught fire in a separate incident.

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Radioactive Water The Biggest Hurdle In Fukushima Cleanup

March 10, 2014 10:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant chief Akira Ono said Monday that improving water management is crucial not only to the plant cleanup but also decontamination of the area so evacuees can return to their homes.                                   

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

Q&A: Impact Of California's Green Chemistry Law

March 10, 2014 8:32 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In the wake of California's Green Chemistry Law, and the associated regulations that will become public later this year, Chem.Info spoke with Michael Kirschner about what the forthcoming regulations will mean for manufacturers and what they can be doing to prepare now. 

Chevron Pizza Scandal Blown Out Of Proportion

March 7, 2014 10:52 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics were raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker, but the 750 or so residents of Bobtown were not.

e crude oil that exploded during a fatal derailment in Quebec last year that killed 47 people had characteristics similar to that of unleaded gasoline, a highly flammable liquid, Canada's transportation safety agency said Thursday.

Canadian Crude As Explosive As Gas

March 7, 2014 10:19 am | by CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crude oil that exploded during a fatal derailment in Quebec last year that killed 47 people had characteristics similar to that of unleaded gasoline, a highly flammable liquid, Canada's transportation safety agency said Thursday.                 

Thirteen employees who were exposed to radiation during a leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump aren't likely to experience any health effects, federal officials said Wednesday.

No Health Risks For Workers Exposed To Radiation

March 6, 2014 10:59 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirteen employees who were exposed to radiation during a leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump aren't likely to experience any health effects, federal officials said Wednesday.

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Violence At Mexican Mine

March 6, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian mining company said Wednesday that an illegal miner was killed in a clash with guards at the firm's silver mine in central Mexico.                                

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Moving Forward With GHS Hazard Communication

March 6, 2014 7:28 am | by Lion Technology | Articles | Comments

Recent reports show that many facilities are still confused about the updated Hazard Communication Standard and what they must do to comply. Click here for an overview of these upcoming requirements and tips for what facilities should do to prepare for a seamless transition. 

2 Injured In Gas Blast

March 5, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Static electricity is suspected of sparking a massive explosion and fire at an oil and gas drilling site in northern Colorado that injured two workers.

The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at th

Union Awaits Radiation Results

March 5, 2014 10:36 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Tuesday it wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.

Columbia River Oil Transporter Violated Permit

March 5, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Columbia River industrial plant converted from making ethanol to shipping volatile North Dakota crude oil has been operating improperly by moving six times the volume its permit allowed, Oregon regulators say.         

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20 Hospitalized After Chemical Spill

March 4, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 20 employees of a North Carolina county have gone to the hospital for evaluation after a toxic dry cleaning chemical spill at the county jail.                                

Chemical Transparency: A Window Of Opportunity?

March 4, 2014 5:47 am | by Joel Makower, Greenbiz.com | Blogs | Comments

Concerns over toxic substances in everyday life have been around since Rachel Carson penned "Silent Spring" more than a half-century ago. But getting these chemicals out of products and supply chains has been slow-going, especially as government regulation of such chemicals has been timid. Regulation by the marketplace is another matter. 

Preventing Eye Injuries In The Workplace

March 4, 2014 1:00 am | by American Academy of Opthalmology | Articles | Comments

For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has developed guidance on how to avoid and treat eye on-the-job eye injuries, 90 percent of which are preventable with the appropriate eye protection.                    

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.

Leak Concerns Arise At Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility

March 3, 2014 11:14 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.                       

The elderly, young children and pregnant women were advised Friday to evacuate an Australian town that has been shrouded by smoke and ash from a burning coal mine for almost three weeks.

Australians Flee Burning Mine

February 28, 2014 10:58 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The elderly, young children and pregnant women were advised to evacuate an Australian town that has been shrouded by smoke and ash from a burning coal mine for almost three weeks.                   

More analysis is needed to determine exactly how much radiation workers were exposed to during a recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said at a news conference Thursday.

Worker Radiation Levels Under Investigation After Leak

February 28, 2014 10:39 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

More analysis is needed to determine exactly how much radiation workers were exposed to during a recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.                                

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident and not caused by a criminal act.

TN Plant Blast Deemed Accidental

February 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident.                                                  

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

Chevron's Pizza Apology Blunder Goes Viral

February 28, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire near 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 apologize for this kind of accident and what will this viral snafu mean for Chevron?

TX Pipeline Bomber Withdraws Plea

February 27, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has allowed a North Texas man to withdraw his guilty plea to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year.                           

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

Oil Rail Cars Deemed Unacceptable

February 27, 2014 11:09 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.

Tesoro Blocks Federal Inquiry Into Incident

February 27, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.                                

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

13 Exposed To Radiation At NM Plant

February 27, 2014 11:01 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.                     

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