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Feds Inspecting Less Than Half Of High-Risk Wells

June 16, 2014 11:15 am | by HOPE YEN, THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

Washington Governor Wants Agencies Studying Oil Train Risks

June 13, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing new safety and environmental risks as more crude oil moves by train through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to evaluate the safety of oil transport in the state.                       

Lawsuit Filed Against Nuclear Contractor

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jodi Stanton, the wife of an exposed worker, filed the lawsuit in federal court involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.                       

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6 Killed In Steel Plant Explosion

June 13, 2014 9:56 am | by INDRAJIT SINGH, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant, a plant spokesman said.                           

Nebraska Company Cited For Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it has placed the Geneva-based Bioiberica Nebraska in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.                       

Explosion Closes Plant For 30 Days

June 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Plum Creek Timber Co. official says the company's Columbia Falls fiberboard plant will be closed for about a month following explosions and a fire.                          

Drilling States Investigate Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 10:13 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.                                

More Trouble At Nuclear Waste Dump

June 11, 2014 10:33 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists investigating a mysterious radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being stored at a site in West Texas.

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Explosion And Fire At Fiberboard Plant

June 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.                      

Fire Damages Petrochemical Plant

June 10, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire damaged a petrochemical plant in eastern Thailand on Monday, sending smoke billowing for kilometers (miles) and forcing nearby residents to flee their homes.                           

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.                    

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.                                              

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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.                                  

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.                                  

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.                              

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.              

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