Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day's business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the cause and extent of the incident remained unclear.
The water supply for hundreds of thousands of people is contaminated after a chemical spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia. Check out the video for more on the breaking story.
A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.
An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said.
A small explosion yesterday at a biotechnology lab in South San Francisco sent two workers to the hospital with minor injuries.
As the world continues to get smaller, and millions of pounds of chemical products are shipped between countries daily, a new Global Harmonized System is being implemented to aid in the communication of hazards and risks.
In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
The recent BNSF train collision and explosion in North Dakota has brought into the spotlight the staggering number of barrels of Bakken oil being shipped by rail every day, as well as the increased flammability of the unrefined oil from the Bakken region.
A fiery oil train derailment's near-miss of a small North Dakota town had its mayor angrily calling for federal officials to do more to guarantee the safety of the nation's growing shipment of oil by rail.
When a fertilizer plant exploded in a small Texas town, killing 15 people and decimating homes and schools, it became state fire marshal Chris Connealy's responsibility to stop anything like it from happening again.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality laid out steps that Whirlpool Corp. must take to address contamination on its closed Fort Smith plant site and a nearby neighborhood.
Union Carbide Corporation has until Jan. 27 to file a motion asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to review an unfavorable ruling in an asbestos case.
A well being drilled at the HollyFrontier Corp. refinery in Cheyenne will assess whether the company will be able to dispose of selenium-tainted wastewater by injecting it deep underground.
From the day its founder arrived here, this Mississippi River town has been tied inseparably to lead, the heavy, dull-gray metal that has been mined in southern Missouri for more than two centuries. As home to the nation's only primary lead smelter, Herculaneum processes raw ore into metal to make car batteries, X-ray shields and many other products.
Measures for ensuring food safety and the provision of wholesome food require reliable data obtained by chemical analysis. Reliable analytical results are also essential to facilitate international food trade. In an attempt to provide a safer food supply, the FDA recently unveiled new, more stringent rules on imported foods.
Seeking a better corrosion solution at their petrochemical facility, Mobley Industrial Services recently used a newly approved corrosion coating called EonCoat to enhance workplace safety and return a large floating roof tank to service in about half the time required by typical coatings. This coating is part of a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion and extend equipment life.
Firefighters stopped trying to put out a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee Wednesday afternoon because of fears that two 1,000-gallon propane tanks there could explode.
A group of Louisville residents who say coal ash from a nearby power plant drifts into their lungs and homes have sued the plant.
The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration released an investigation into the coal mine collapse that killed Elam Jones in Carbon County about 10 miles west of Huntington. Federal regulators determined that the mine hadn't done enough to support the ceiling of a tunnel that collapsed on the machine operator.
Greek authorities say an oil tanker has come under armed attack off the west coast of Africa, and the ship's Ukrainian captain and Greek first engineer have been kidnapped.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would decide whether New York should allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by Election Day next year — maybe.
The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.
A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.