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Chemical Regulations Act Gets a Major Reboot — But Not Everyone is Applauding

March 11, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The intent is to improve consumer safety with updated laws and regulations of toxic chemicals, and on face value, the bill seems to accomplish just that. But not everyone agrees on whether the provisions go far enough.

Houston Ship Channel Spill Cleanup to Take Several Days

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

About a 4-mile to 8-mile stretch of the ship channel remained closed as crews worked to deal with the gasoline additive that spilled after two 600-foot ships collided on Monday in foggy conditions.

Interstate Closed Outside DC After Tanker Overturns

March 10, 2015 3:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The tanker overturned Tuesday south of state Route 198 near Laurel, bringing traffic to a halt in both directions.

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Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations to Protect Honeybees

March 10, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to regulate the use of neonicotinoids.

New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts it Into Energy

March 10, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The wastewater, called brine, contains high levels of salt and toxic organic compounds that could impact local water supplies if not properly contained. 

Legislation Targets Detergent Pods Following Rash of Child Poisonings

March 10, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.

Well Setbacks Hearing Focuses Oil Economics, Health Concerns

March 10, 2015 10:15 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil drilling economics and public health concerns tussled in tug-of-war Monday as the petroleum industry, advocacy groups and homeowners told state regulators what they think should be the minimum distance between homes, and oil and gas wells in Wyoming and why.

Houston Ship Channel Remains Closed After Chemical Tanker Collides With Another Ship

March 10, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard said a gasoline additive aboard a chemical tanker was no longer leaking methyl tert-butyl ether — or MTBE. It was not immediately known how much spilled.

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Chemical Exposure Could Cost Billions in Health Care Expenses

March 9, 2015 4:56 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

New regulations targeting endocrine disrupters — which are found in thousands of products — are likely to have sweeping impacts across the chemicals industry.

West Virginia Mine Cited in Week Before Fatal Accident

March 9, 2015 4:36 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety regulators issued more than a dozen citations to a West Virginia coal mine in the week before a Sunday accident that killed one worker and injured two others.

House Committee Again Slams CSB Chairman

March 9, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Criticism of the board, which investigates industrial chemical accidents, is nothing new in Washington, but the email controversy took on new significance after reports showed Hillary Clinton used a private account while serving as Secretary of State.

8 Ways to Prevent, Respond to Food Manufacturing Plant Explosions

March 6, 2015 3:19 pm | by Phil Turner, Director of Field Services, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

If your food processing or beverage plant houses an ammonia refrigeration system, an explosion is your worst nightmare.

Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 6, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics argue the terminal would jeopardize other development near the port and present serious safety issues.

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Father of Ohio Teen Poisoned by Caffeine Powder Files Suit

March 6, 2015 2:44 pm | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

Illinois Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires.

Chemical Fire Smolders For Hours at Vancouver Port

March 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The fire originated from a container of trichloroisocyanuric acid — a bleaching agent and industrial disinfectant — and quickly spread to three other containers.

Prairie Island Nuclear Plant Unit Shut Down

March 5, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of the Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing are shutting down one of its two units because of a fire alarm.

Plantation Owners Seeking Answers About Mercury Pollution

March 5, 2015 10:24 am | by DAVID J. MITCHELL, The Advocate | News | Comments

A nearby plant turns bauxite ore shipped from Jamaica into alumina, which supplies the company's aluminum smelter in Missouri.

Death Toll in Ukraine Mine Blast Reaches 33

March 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

This latest unfortunate event is just one of many that have afflicted the mine during its 57-year history.

Fallout From Formaldehyde Scandal Continues For Lumber Liquidators

March 5, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A lawmaker is calling for an investigation while the company's stocks have tumbled and they've bowed out of several public appearances. 

California to Classify Styrene as Carcinogen

March 3, 2015 3:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Styrene is used primarily in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins, and occupational exposure can occur in polystyrene factories and in the reinforced plastics industry.

Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

NY Lawmakers to Try Again to Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

March 3, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals considered harmful, such as benzene, mercury, cadmium and cobalt.

'60 Minutes' Exposes Toxic Chemical in Lumber Liquidators' Flooring; Company's Stocks Take a Hit

March 2, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the tracks.

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