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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.

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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.

OSHA Slaps Georgia-Pacific Chemicals With 11 Serious Safety Violations And $60,500 in Fines

January 30, 2015 4:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Formaldehyde was one of the toxic chemicals that OSHA says Georgia-Pacific Chemicals exposed its workers to by not providing proper chemical management procedures at its Columbus, Ohio plant. Georgia-Pacific failed to meet safety standards by not providing operating procedures with accurate information on safety systems and how they worked. 

Federal Agency to Cap Sulfur in Drywall

January 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Effective July 22, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stipulates that drywall manufactured or imported in the U.S. must not exceed 10 parts per million of orthorhombic cyclooctasulfur. That cap is currently a voluntary industry standard.

Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting oil, natural gas or their byproducts throughout the country. This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.

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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to the CSB, the dust collection system inside the plant was so flawed it took only a day for enough combustible dust and hydrocarbons to accumulate in the duct that it overheated, ignited spontaneously, caused an explosion in the rooftop dust collector and unleashed a fiery flash.

Train Derails, Spilling Hazardous Chemicals

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Hydrochloric acid and diesel fuel were spilled from an overturned train in Allendale County, South Carolina. The spill happened around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday when a train traveling from Savannah to Atlanta reportedly took a wrong turn, derailed and crashed into stationary rail cars.  

Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot be subject to a new EPA significant new use rule, or SNUR.

W.Va. Town Restoring Water Service Following Diesel Spill

January 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill. Media outlets report the state Bureau of Public Health notified the city around 7 p.m. Monday that it could restart its water treatment plant.

Salvage Company Employees Sentenced to Prison And $10.3M in Fines For Illegal Asbestos Removal

January 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

All five pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s “work practice standards,” after removing substantial amounts of asbestos without proper storage or disposal, and without providing workers necessary protective gear.

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

In a recent interview with Chem.Info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating their efforts. “[In the coming year] we expect that chemical companies are going to look at safety a lot more seriously,” he said.

1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal;Tupel, Miss. | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. TJN Biofuel LLC's president and owner, Steve Bolin, has not given official notice yet.

Nearly 84,000 Bottles of Mislabled Mean Green Cleaning Products Recalled

January 23, 2015 5:27 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

About 83,800 bottles of Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser have been recalled. The product is sold in both spray bottles and white and green containers. The cleaners have been shown to contain ammonia — even though the label says otherwise.

Gas Drilling Watchdog Group Settles Suit Over Terror Listing

January 23, 2015 9:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas drilling watchdog group that says it was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state. The settlement terms between Pennsylvania and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition haven't been released.

Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 22, 2015 5:06 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle.

Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

Higher Temps Raise Phthalate Emissions From Vinyl Crib Mattress Covers

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The pair said the plastic commonly used in children’s cribs are of particular concern because infants breathe in far more air than adults, given their lower body weight. And because of how much they sleep, phthalates could be affecting the air they breathe 12 to 14 hours a day.

Cleanup Underway For Nearly 3M-Gallon Saltwater Spill in ND

January 22, 2015 9:31 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club, called the brine "a real toxic mix" and "an extreme threat to the environment and people's health." "Technology exists to prevent these spills and nothing is being done," said Schafer. "Better pipelines, flow meters, cutoff switches, more inspectors — something has got to be done."

Ottawa Police Arrest Chemist After Hotel Evacuation

January 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemist was arrested at an Ottawa hotel Wednesday following an overnight police investigation linked to the discovery of dangerous chemicals 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia.

Report Says Levels of BPA Are Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 21, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

Montana City Tries to Fix Water System Tainted by Oil Spill

January 21, 2015 9:57 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities scrambled to decontaminate a water system serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil was released Saturday.

EPA Proposes New Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 20, 2015 5:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight corporate giants, including DuPont, 3M and Ciba, to begin phasing out perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals.

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