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Illinois County Does Booming Business in Asbestos Lawsuits

April 30, 2015 10:04 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Since 2005, these lawsuits have generated a $14 million surplus for Edwardsville and solidified Madison County's place at the center of a long-running national debate over personal-injury claims.

Chemical Leak at New Jersey Medical Firm Sickens at Least 10

April 30, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The refrigerant leak happened Wednesday at Home Solutions Infusion Therapy in Hammonton.

Toxic Emissions From Chemical Plant And Refinery Flares Higher Than Previously Thought

April 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated.

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Justice Department Seeks Charges Against Lumber Liquidators

April 29, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Company officials estimated that the charges could ultimately cost Lumber Liquidators about $10 million.

Pesticide Thought to Have Sickened Recycling Workers

April 29, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials believe that a household pesticide from an aerosol can is what caused more than a dozen employees of a Williston recycling center to become sick and seek medical treatment.

Colombia's Health Ministry Seeks to Halt Coca Spraying

April 28, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ministry on Monday based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm.

World Safety Day Facts

April 28, 2015 10:03 am | by UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

It's World Safety Day. Get in the know about workplace accidents with a few staggering stats from UL Workplace Health & Safety.

Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

April 28, 2015 9:48 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charges specify that the company and the two men willfully violated rules that require implementing a safety plan, rules for workers entering confined spaces, and a procedure to keep machinery or equipment turned off if someone's working on it.

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One Dead, Three Injured Amid Georgia Refinery Leak

April 27, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports indicated a refinery worker at Asphalt Refining and Technology Company in Douglasville went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon

Chemical Industry’s Evolution of Safety Improvements

April 24, 2015 4:47 pm | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

Through all of the vehicle damage, tire slashing, death threats, fist-fights, union grievances and more, my boss never wavered on the whatever-it-takes commitment to becoming a safe operation, and it worked.

ACC Knocks Proposed Changes to California Disclosure Law

April 24, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council sharply criticized modifications to California's Proposition 65 that would require companies to list 12 specific chemicals if included in their products, including lead, mercury and phthalates.

Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions About Cause

April 24, 2015 9:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can't grow at freezing temperatures.

Home Depot to Eliminate Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring

April 23, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's largest home improvement chain is phasing out the use of potentially harmful chemicals in its vinyl flooring.

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BPA Risk to Newborns May be Overplayed

April 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

A study of days-old infants shows an innate ability to clear the controversial compound used in plastics from the body.

Blue Bell Says It's Still Trying to Pinpoint Listeria Cause

April 22, 2015 10:30 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

Company Files Suit Over Arsenic Levels at Charlotte Plant

April 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company has filed a lawsuit alleging the former Charlotte manufacturing facility it purchased last year contains 5 million pounds of arsenic and cadmium contamination.

Chinese Officials Blame Chemical Plant Bosses For Explosion

April 22, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The April 6 blast and ensuing hydrocarbon fire at the paraxylene plant in Fujian province left six people hospitalized and renewed discussion on China's social media about the potential dangers of factories that produce the toxic chemical.

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Over Listeria Concerns

April 21, 2015 12:14 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell says it is pulling its entire line of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert and other frozen snacks.

7 Dead, 13 Trapped in Flooded Northern China Coal Mine

April 21, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least seven coal miners were killed and 13 left trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China, state media reported Tuesday.

NY Attorney General Says Microbeads Escaping Sewage Plants

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general says some preliminary testing shows that microbeads, the tiny plastic abrasives added to makeup, shampoo and other personal care products, are passing through many of the state's sewage treatment plants and into waterways.

Report: Most Chemical Facilities Still Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

April 20, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most chemical facilities in the U.S. have yet to adopt federal anti-terrorism guidelines and remain vulnerable to attack, according to a recent report published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures.

Nuclear Waste Drums Appear Stable After Signs of Reactions

April 20, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials say dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year.

Behind The Lens of 5 Iconic AP Photos of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Coverage of the BP oil spill back in 2010 began as a sprint, trying to find out who had been hurt in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and how bad the leak might get. It turned into a marathon as at least 134 million gallons of crude spewed from the well over 87 days.

OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

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