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A factory explosion that blew out windows and injured more than a dozen people likely originated in a room where acid is used to treat the surface of ball bearings, but it could be weeks before the exact cause is determined, investigators said Tuesday.

First Responders Probe Explosion At NH Plant

February 11, 2014 10:47 am | by NORMA LOVE, Associated Press | News | Comments

First responders are working to determine what caused an explosion at a ball bearings plant that shattered windows, shook walls and sent at least 15 people to the hospital.                        

An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant on Monday, shaking walls, shattering windows and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

15 Injured In NH Plant Explosion

February 11, 2014 10:43 am | by NORMA LOVE, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant yesterday, shaking walls, shattering windows and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.        

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.

House Holds WV Spill Hearing

February 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal safety official says tanks at the facility that spilled chemicals into a major water supply in West Virginia were not necessarily in compliance with standards months before the leak.

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Coal Ash Spill Reveals Regulatory Issues In NC

February 10, 2014 11:44 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the last year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear out leaky coal ash dumps like the one that ruptured last week. Each time, they say, their efforts have been stymied — by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

NC Admits Arsenic Test Mistake

February 10, 2014 11:30 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's environmental agency said Sunday it wrongly declared all test results for the arsenic levels in the Dan River as safe for people after a massive coal ash spill.

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Fire, Ammonia Leak Shut Down Cargill Plant

February 7, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.                   

Miner Death Toll Rises

February 7, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A South African gold-mining company says two employees have died in separate accidents since an earthquake triggered an underground fire in a mine shaft earlier this week, killing eight miners.

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornersto

Nuclear Repository Fire Under Control

February 6, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews declared a blaze at an underground nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico snuffed out and determined that there was minimal damage after a truck hauling salt caught fire and prompted an evacuation.

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8 Miners Die In Fire

February 6, 2014 10:26 am | by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight gold miners in South Africa died after a magnitude-2.4 earthquake triggered an underground fire, and rescue teams operating deep below the surface were searching for a ninth missing miner, a mining company said Thursday.

Feds Reaffirm WV Water Safe

February 6, 2014 10:23 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal health official said Wednesday that West Virginians can use tap water however they choose after last month's chemical spill contaminated it for days. Still, public skepticism remains over its safety and some local doctors are advising some of their patients not to ingest it.

Federal transportation officials say investigators found crude oil being transported from North Dakota's Bakken region was misclassified in 11 out of 18 truck shipments tested.

Oil From ND Fields Improperly Classified

February 5, 2014 10:42 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal transportation officials say investigators found crude oil being transported from North Dakota's Bakken region was misclassified in 11 out of 18 truck shipments tested.

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says several dozen railcars carrying gas have derailed and caught fire northeast of Moscow, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of local resident.

Gas-Laden Train Derails, Catches Fire

February 5, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says several dozen railcars carrying gas have derailed and caught fire northeast of Moscow, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of local residents.

9 Missing After Gold Mine Fire

February 5, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gold-mining company in South Africa says nine employees are missing after an underground fire broke out at a mine west of Johannesburg.                                         

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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.

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.                             

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.                                        

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