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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should we Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

A researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water. But is there more to the story?

This Japanese Company Built A 'Disaster-Proof' Factory

March 18, 2015 3:51 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The factory is equipped with a massive battery storage, a smart power supply system, an efficient gas engine disconnected from the grid, banks of solar panels, and rows of huge LED light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. The plant also stores its own natural gas, food and water.

Industry Insider: The Public Should be Warned About Living Near Chemical Plants

March 17, 2015 5:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

“Whenever there’s a high-magnitude incident, a lot of people ask, ‘Why didn’t we see this coming? Why was [the plant] built so close to houses?’” Scott Harris recently told Chem.Info. “It’s not a well understood community issue.”

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More States Looking to Ban Microbeads

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The wide range of soaps and skin care products containing the pellets, called microbeads, sparked fears among researchers and environmental advocates about their effect on the water supply.

Canada Safety Board Says Tank Car Standards Needed Sooner

March 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

"While the proposed standards look promising, the TSB has concerns about the implementation timeline," the Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.

When Oil Prices Are Down, Worker Deaths Are up in The Bakken

March 16, 2015 5:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Dakota saw eight oilfield employee deaths since October, a five-month total than exceeded the number for the previous 12-month span. October also coincided with the beginning of a decline in the number of oil rigs operating in the state.

Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The hardwood flooring retailer said customers who request the test kits would have the results from accredited laboratories within seven to 10 days. The company said it would evaluate the need for further testing should the kits show high chemical levels.

Lumber Liquidators CEO Makes Surprising Admission

March 13, 2015 3:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During a conference call, Lumber Liquidators CEO Rob Lynch responded to a "60 Minutes" report that exposed excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in the glue used to bind the company's wood.

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OSHA Seeks $60,000 in Fines Against Kansas Manufacturer

March 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kansas manufacturer of water tanks and other products is facing proposed fines of $60,200 for allegedly exposing welders to toxic fumes and other violations endangering workers.

Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Texas' 216 oilfield worker fatalities led the nation between 2008 and 2012 and increased 7.4 percent compared to the previous five years.

Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The researchers said the system could find cracks in important structures such as pipelines, aircraft engines and power plants. Further development of the technology could also improve medical imaging and seismology.

Feds Sue Salon For Firing Whistleblower Who Raised Formaldehyde Concerns

March 12, 2015 4:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The whistleblower told her employer of her suspicions that formaldehyde in hair-straightening products caused her respiratory problems, which a physician confirmed in July 2012.

Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of Fatal 2010 Explosion

March 12, 2015 4:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Wednesday released a technical analysis of the Horsehead refinery explosion, which killed two workers and seriously injured a third in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

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Canada to Propose Tougher Oil Tank Car Standards

March 12, 2015 9:32 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal, posted online Wednesday by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.

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.

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.

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.

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