A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents. The indictment charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents with failing to ensure that Freedom operated the terminal that leaked in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner.
Federal officials say a co-owner and a pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a 2012 deadly meningitis outbreak have been charged with racketeering for allegedly causing the deaths of patients who received tainted steroids manufactured by the company.
Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Mary Jane Collins of Sheridan urged the committee to pass the bill. Her grandson, Brett Collins, died in a construction accident in 2012.
Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. says that it lost control of a natural gas well in Ohio over the weekend. The well located in Monroe County had been temporarily plugged while work was being done elsewhere onsite. But when workers tried to resume production operations Saturday afternoon, the well began to flow uncontrollably.
A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday. The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.
Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation."
A Utah woman has reached a settlement with a barbecue chain restaurant where she unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals and nearly died. Dickey's Barbecue and Jan Harding issued a joint statement this week announcing they came to terms on an agreement that will lead to extensive changes at the business to ensure such an incident never happens again.
Spent nuclear fuel from the retired San Onofre nuclear plant will be stored underground in casks designed by New Jersey-based Holtec International, plant manager Southern California Edison announced Thursday. The selection of a cask supplier allows Edison to move forward with transferring used fuel from cooling pools to so-called dry storage in thick stainless steel casks, which rest inside thick concrete bunkers.
Researchers from Columbia University found children prenatally exposed to high levels of the phthalate chemicals had lower IQ scores. The chemicals are often found in common household objects and beauty products including dryer sheets, soaps, hair spray and lipsticks.
BBC's Quentin Sommerville is the first journalist to make it to Iraq's largest oil refinery, after the Iraqi army liberated it from Islamic State. Back in the summer, Iraq's army collapsed in the face of the so-called Islamic State. With the help of coalition airstrikes, Iraq has defeated IS forces in its first major battle for the strategic Baiji Oil Refinery in the north of the country.
A gas tanker truck exploded outside Jerusalem on Wednesday after colliding with a vehicle, killing one person, the Israeli police said. According to the police, the gas truck flipped over after colliding with a car-carrier trailer in the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, causing the gas-laden truck to burst into flames.
North Dakota officials on Tuesday ordered the oil industry to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude oil to make it safer to transport via oil trains. The order by the state Industrial Commission, a three-member board that includes the governor, requires oil companies to use equipment that removes light, potentially explosive hydrocarbons before shipping. It takes effect April 1.
Criminal charges have been filed against a New Castle company in connection with the explosion of a storage tank in Pymatuning Township that killed a welding contractor last year. Reed Oil Co. was charged Nov. 26 by the state attorney general with two counts of unlawful conduct for violating state Department of Environmental Protection laws.
A common coating used in soft drink cans could cause high blood pressure and put heart patients at risk, a new study has warned. The consumption of BPA, a chemical used as an epoxy lining for cans and plastic bottles, has been associated with high blood pressure and heart rate variability. Previous studies have shown that BPA can leach into foods and drinks.
Take one look at an old coal and gas energy site and the content filling Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode on CBS doesn’t look shocking. It looks par for the course. Duke Energy, both in the episode segment on the Dan River coal ash spill and in media and politics since the spill, has the spotlight on it for problems with industrial waste pollution.
From the archives: A massive coal ash spill turned a Tennessee town into an "apocalyptic moonscape," Lesley Stahl reported in 2009. Is coal ash a hazardous waste or are the risks overstated? The coal industry is pushing for a solution that involves recycling.
The propane gas cloud preceding a fire two weeks ago was so large that investigators can’t determine what exactly ignited it. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS released its investigation report of the blaze Tuesday, stating that while investigators could determine the source of the leak, they could not determine the cause of the explosion.
A passport said he was a 58-year-old from Texas and his identification cards said he worked for Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum Co. Apache said in August that one of its supervisors had been killed in an apparent carjacking in Egypt's Western Desert.
One judge on the appeals court complained that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs. And the costs are huge, about $9.6 billion a year."
Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in China's Liaoning province. Of those, 30 had serious burns, eight were in intensive care and four were still in danger of dying.
Emergency management officials say it's clear that the response was inadequate and slow, especially given the scope of the disaster. The accident site had been plagued with recurring maintenance problems, and workers lacked quick access to breathing equipment that could have saved them.
An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been fined $10.85 million for a March natural gas explosion that destroyed a cottage in Carmel.
Hazardous materials crews were trying Wednesday to determine how to deal with an unstable substance remaining after an explosion and fire at a California waste treatment facility.
Dant Clayton makes and installs stadium seating, but says the whiskey fungus is destroying his inventory. In a matter of months, aluminum seating samples that can cost $25,000 to make are so covered with black spots that they can't show them to prospective clients.