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Patchwork federal regulations are inadequate to protect the public from chemical spills such as the one last month that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginia residents, members of Congress and state officials said at a hearing Tuesday.

Congress: WV Spill Reveals Inadequate Regulations

February 5, 2014 10:24 am | by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Patchwork federal regulations are inadequate to protect the public from chemical spills such as the one last month that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginia residents, members of Congress and state officials said at a hearing Tuesday.

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

WV Calls For Regulatory Priority Shift

February 4, 2014 10:50 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

An assistant U.S. secretary of labor has criticized a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued more than 60 citations and orders involving health and safety violations subject to more than $200,000 in potential p

Major Safety Issues At NV Gold Mine

February 3, 2014 10:35 am | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An assistant U.S. secretary of labor has criticized a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued more than 60 citations and orders involving health and safety violations subject to more than $200,000 in potential penalties.

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Disaster Loans Offered After WV Spill

January 31, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit groups affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal government.

Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.

Investigators Call For More Oversight After Refinery Blast

January 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.

State officials and a water company strongly disputed a scientist's claim Wednesday that residents were likely breathing in traces of formaldehyde while showering after the chemical spill, saying the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces th

WV Officials Dispute Formaldehyde Claim

January 30, 2014 10:37 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials and a water company strongly disputed a scientist's claim Wednesday that residents were likely breathing in traces of formaldehyde while showering after the chemical spill, saying the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces the carcinogen at extremely high temperatures.

Injured Worker Sues After Omaha Industrial Accident

January 30, 2014 10:34 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.                         

The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine's potential impact on water was a popular subject at Tuesday night's third and final public hearing on the state's draft environmental review.

Mine Hearings Turn To Water Contamination Concerns

January 29, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine's potential impact on water was a popular subject at Tuesday night's third and final public hearing on the state's draft environmental review.                             

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The West Virginia Senate on Tuesday unanimously voted for stronger regulations on above-ground storage tanks after a recent chemical spill in Charleston.

WV Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The West Virginia Senate on Tuesday unanimously voted for stronger regulations on above-ground storage tanks after a recent chemical spill in Charleston.

Oil Tanker Blast Kills 7

January 28, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Indian oil tanker being repaired at a shipyard in eastern China exploded and caught fire Tuesday, killing seven Chinese workers, Chinese state media said.                                                 

Virginia Takes Aim At The EPA

January 28, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia lawmakers and business leaders are taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency and new coal-plant pollution regulations.                                             

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

WV Chemical Leak Estimate Rises

January 28, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia regulators now estimate some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into the Elk River, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.                                        

WY Reconsiders Distance Between Homes & Oil Wells

January 27, 2014 10:53 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials said they might consider increasing the current 350-foot minimum distance that oil and gas wells must be located away from homes as a way to avoid problems as drilling creeps closer to residential areas in eastern Wyoming.

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West Virginia's governor on Saturday ordered the company at the center of a chemical spill that tainted the state capital's water supply to remove all above-ground storage tanks from the Charleston operation.

Governor Orders Removal Of Leaking Tanks

January 27, 2014 10:40 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia's governor on Saturday ordered the company at the center of a chemical spill that tainted the state capital's water supply to remove all above-ground storage tanks from the Charleston operation.

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

WV Company Knew About 2nd Chemical

January 24, 2014 4:27 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental official says the company in the West Virginia water crisis immediately knew a second chemical leaked from its plant into the river, telling its workers in an email. However, Freedom Industries did not let state officials know about the second chemical right away.

The Democratic senator said in a Thursday news release that Freedom Industries' Charleston site should be destroyed and cleaned. On Jan. 9, chemicals oozed out of a tank, through a cracked wall and into the Elk River. About 300,000 people were banned from

Senator Wants WV Chemical Facility Torn Down

January 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Democratic senator said in a Thursday news release that Freedom Industries' Charleston site should be destroyed and cleaned. On Jan. 9, chemicals oozed out of a tank, through a cracked wall and into the Elk River. About 300,000 people were banned from drinking or bathing in water for days.

Cutting Fracking Waste's Radioactivity

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations.                                              

2 Die In Coal Mine Explosion

January 22, 2014 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian officials say a methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine on Wednesday night, killing two miners.                                         

Drugs: The Underbelly Of The Bakken Boom

January 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors have netted a string of guilty pleas among the suspects in an interstate drug trafficking case that highlighted the criminal underside of an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains.                        

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

OSHA Begins International Nutrition Investigation

January 22, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety investigators are looking at structural problems and a dust explosion as possible causes of an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers and injured 17 others.                   

When state inspectors showed up unannounced at Freedom Industries to investigate a licorice odor wafting across West Virginia's capital city, company executive Dennis Farrell seemed to brush off any cause for concern. But inspectors quickly found what was

Additional Chemical Involved In WV Leak

January 22, 2014 1:24 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A second chemical was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, though the newly identified substance appears to be less toxic than the coal-cleaning agent already known to have leaked.

Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed last month for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company's Ascension Parish plant.

Williams Olefins Contests OSHA Fines

January 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed last month for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company's Ascension Parish plant.

9 Injured In Food Plant Fire

January 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say at least nine people required hospital treatment after a fire in a truck parked at a food processing facility in central Pennsylvania.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

2nd Body Recovered From Plant Collapse

January 22, 2014 10:21 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities recovered the body of a second worker who was killed when an Omaha manufacturing plant collapsed, while federal investigators tried to pinpoint a cause of the industrial accident that killed two and injured 17.                     

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

2 Dead After Plant Explosion

January 21, 2014 10:40 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the 38 workers at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.                 

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