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While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.

Leak Concerns Arise At Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility

March 3, 2014 11:14 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.                       

The elderly, young children and pregnant women were advised Friday to evacuate an Australian town that has been shrouded by smoke and ash from a burning coal mine for almost three weeks.

Australians Flee Burning Mine

February 28, 2014 10:58 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The elderly, young children and pregnant women were advised to evacuate an Australian town that has been shrouded by smoke and ash from a burning coal mine for almost three weeks.                   

More analysis is needed to determine exactly how much radiation workers were exposed to during a recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said at a news conference Thursday.

Worker Radiation Levels Under Investigation After Leak

February 28, 2014 10:39 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

More analysis is needed to determine exactly how much radiation workers were exposed to during a recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.                                

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Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident and not caused by a criminal act.

TN Plant Blast Deemed Accidental

February 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident.                                                  

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Chevron's Pizza Apology Blunder Goes Viral

February 28, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire near a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apologize for this kind of accident and what will this viral snafu mean for Chevron?

TX Pipeline Bomber Withdraws Plea

February 27, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has allowed a North Texas man to withdraw his guilty plea to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year.                           

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

Oil Rail Cars Deemed Unacceptable

February 27, 2014 11:09 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.

Tesoro Blocks Federal Inquiry Into Incident

February 27, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.                                

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Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

13 Exposed To Radiation At NM Plant

February 27, 2014 11:01 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.                     

Explosion Hits Natural Gas Pipeline In Egypt

February 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Egyptian gas company officials say an explosion has hit a natural gas pipeline in the restive Sinai Peninsula, an attack similar to militant strikes on pipelines that have proliferated in recent years.

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involvin

Feds Order Crude Tested Before Shipping Via Rail

February 26, 2014 10:24 am | by JOAN LOWY, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, in response to a string of train accidents involving oil from the Bakken region.

Residents Question Safety After Nuclear Waste Leak

February 25, 2014 10:31 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing plant explosion has died.

Another Death In TN Plant Explosion

February 25, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Tennessee sheriff says an employee who was severely injured in a manufacturing explosion has died.                                                 

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For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine WV counties is suitable for all daily needs. But many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9, are not convinced.

Controversy Continues Over WV Water Safety

February 25, 2014 10:00 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal health official says it's safe to use water contaminated by a chemical spill in West Virginia last month. It's hardly the first time the CDC told 300,000 affected West Virginians to drink, cook with or otherwise use their tap water. The agency has just avoided calling the water "safe."

Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and fracking boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle in

Oil Field Safety Standards In Question

February 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and fracking boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation.

Worker Injured In TN Plant Blast

February 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a manufacturing plant in western Tennessee injured at least one person Saturday.                                                                

Fertilizer Plant Fire Causes City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 4:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant.                                  

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

BNSF Upgrading Tanker Fleets

February 20, 2014 4:04 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. says it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher safety standard for a fleet that's seen multiple major accidents.                        

Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator said Thursday it did not reach the Pacific Ocean.

Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima

February 20, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator said Thursday it did not reach the Pacific Ocean.

School Lunch Meat Producer Shut Down

February 19, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal inspectors shut down a central California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program because of unsanitary conditions.                           

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the body of a man found at the Alcoa Plant on Monday as 35-year-old Joseph Nelson. According to Sheriff Brett Kruse, Nelson's last known address was in Martinsville, Ind.

Man Found Dead At Alcoa Identified

February 19, 2014 10:54 am | by Zach Evans, Richard Gootee, Evansville Courier & Press | News | Comments

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the body of a man found at the Alcoa Plant on Monday.                                             

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Body Found At IN Alcoa Plant

February 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.                                                             

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Advances Decontamination Techniques

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Environmental Protection Agency | News | Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological incident.

Trapped Miners Refuse Rescue

February 16, 2014 11:06 pm | by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Emergency workers in South Africa cleared a mine shaft entrance of debris on Sunday, allowing miners who had been trapped below the chance to escape. The only problem was that the miners were working illegally at the abandoned mine, and some stayed underground because they feared arrest if they came out, according to officials.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has joined other elected officials in calling for the FBI to establish a permanent presence in the eastern part of the state to watch over the Bakken oil patch.

MT Governor Calls For FBI Presence In The Bakken

February 14, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has joined other elected officials in calling for the FBI to establish a permanent presence in the eastern part of the state to watch over the Bakken oil patch.

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