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States Refuse To Keep Oil Train Info Secret From The Public

June 6, 2014 10:16 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying that the information shouldn't be kept from the public.

Blast Rocks Power Plant

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, causing casualties and damaging nearby houses.                                              

West Virginia Homes Still Being Tested For Leaked Chemical

June 6, 2014 9:54 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.                                  

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Chemical Powder Mistaken For Cheese, Poisons Teen

June 5, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a customer at a Massachusetts restaurant became sick when an employee mistakenly sprinkled a chemical cleaner on food instead of grated cheese.                          

PG&E Expects New Indictment After Explosion

June 5, 2014 10:12 am | by CHANNING JOSEPH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.                

Major Fire At Shell Chemical Plant

June 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A major fire broke out late Tuesday at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell near the port city of Rotterdam, Dutch emergency services said.                             

22 Killed In Mine Accident

June 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal mine accident killed 22 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, the city's news office said in an online statement Wednesday.                                     

Fatal Accident At Idaho Silver Mine

June 3, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunshine Silver Mines says a person was killed in an accident Monday afternoon at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg, in northern Idaho.                                  

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Hanford Workers Evaluated After Chemical Vapor Exposure

May 29, 2014 5:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are receiving medical evaluations after they reported smelling chemical vapors at two underground storage tank farms.                  

New Questions About Nuclear Waste Storage

May 29, 2014 5:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New questions are being raised about what was mixed with the waste that caused a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.                            

MSHA To Conduct Safety Talks At U.S. Mines

May 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of 20 U.S. mining fatalities since October, federal regulators are stepping up safety discussions with the nation's mines.                                           

Texas: Contaminated Water Not Linked To Drilling

May 29, 2014 10:13 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released yesterday.

4 Injured, 1 Missing After Oil Tanker Explosion

May 29, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.                              

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Fire At New Mexico Biofuel Plant

May 28, 2014 10:21 am | by JUAN CARLOS LLORCA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Mexico biofuel facility caught fire, sending a giant column of black smoke into the air and prompting authorities to briefly evacuate an area that includes about 350 homes.              

New Safety Requirements Set For Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 11:01 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.              

California Approves Toxic Waste Site Expansion

May 22, 2014 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.                              

Future Of Crude By Rail Depends On Safety

May 22, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said Wednesday.                           

500 Barrels Of Nuclear Waste Packed In Kitty Litter

May 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico officials say more than 500 barrels of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory was packed with the kitty litter suspected of causing a chemical reaction and radiation release at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump.

e crude oil that exploded during a fatal derailment in Quebec last year that killed 47 people had characteristics similar to that of unleaded gasoline, a highly flammable liquid, Canada's transportation safety agency said Thursday.

Industry Pushes Back Against Bakken Oil's Bad Reputation

May 21, 2014 10:34 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. oil industry pushed back against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude following a string of fiery accidents, asserting in a new report that oil from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.      

Report Shows Scant Federal Oversight Of Chemical Facilities

May 21, 2014 10:31 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, according to a new report.

Kitty Litter The Cause Of Radiation Leak

May 20, 2014 10:59 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment.

Turkish Mine Disaster Won't Go Unpunished

May 20, 2014 10:55 am | by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's prime minister pledged not to allow anyone responsible for the country's worst mine disaster to go unpunished, and promised improved supervision of Turkish mines.                        

Minnesota Bans Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps

May 20, 2014 10:34 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan, a germ-killing ingredient used in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, in most retail consumer hygiene products.                                  

3 Charged With Negligence In Turkish Mine Disaster

May 19, 2014 10:59 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the face of widespread anger over Turkey's worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager, on charges of negligence Sunday.                                    

High Gas Levels Ignored At Turkish Mine

May 19, 2014 10:57 am | by BERZA SIMSEK, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the disaster that killed 301 workers in Turkey but company officials took no action, Turkish news reports said Monday.                           

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