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California Shuts Down Hazardous Battery Recycler

April 25, 2013 10:15 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of complaints from the surrounding community, state environmental officials on Wednesday ordered a Southern California battery recycling company to suspend operations after saying hazardous metal sludge was being discharged into leaking pipelines.

Fathers, Firefighters: Lives Lost in West, Texas

April 25, 2013 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns that were on the scene trying to control the fire that preceded the blast.

Appeals Court Upholds EPA Block on W.Va. Mine

April 24, 2013 10:40 am | by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water pollution permit for one of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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Fla. AG: BP Should Pay $5 Billion for Spill

April 24, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has disclosed that she's seeking more than $5.4 billion in damages from BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Bondi told reporters on Tuesday that she offered to settle the state's claim but never got a response from BP.

BPI Fined $450K for 2007 Waterloo Accident

April 24, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act regulations from a 2007 incident at a Waterloo packing plant during which more than 1,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released, killing one worker and injuring another.

West Begins Post-Explosion Recovery

April 24, 2013 10:26 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known.

Iowa Pipeline Explosion Lawsuit Settled

April 23, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

A construction company and a natural gas pipeline owner have settled a lawsuit filed after a northwest Iowa pipeline explosion nearly a year ago, which nearly killed two workers who ran and escaped fatal injury before an underground pipeline erupted into a fireball.

Prepare For Disaster (And Minimize Downtime)

April 22, 2013 10:28 am | Articles | Comments

Disasters come in many sizes and shapes and are often unexpected, which is why manufacturers must prepare for them, treating disaster recovery plans almost as an insurance policy. And they do happen, often at the most inconvenient times.

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Safety Rules Limited for Small Fertilizer Plants

April 22, 2013 10:09 am | by JACK GILLUM & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week, though it was authorized to handle up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a substance the Texas environmental agency considers flammable and potentially toxic.

10 First Responders Killed in Texas Blast

April 22, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

At least 14 people died in last Wednesday's explosion at the plant in the Texas town of West. West Mayor Tommy Muska has said that 10 of the 14 who died were first responders. The blast at the West Fertilizer Co. also injured 200 people.

Some Residents Return Home After Texas Blast

April 22, 2013 9:49 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN & WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Stranded families growing weary and frustrated since a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion left them barricaded from their battered homes finally began returning Saturday, but only under a curfew and strict warnings to not wander beyond their own yards.

Japan Nuke Cleanup May Take 40+ Yrs

April 22, 2013 9:41 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team, Juan Carlos Lentijo, said Monday that damage at the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant in Fukushima is so complex that it is "impossible" to predict how long the cleanup may last.

OSHA Last Inspected Texas Fertilizer Plant in 1985

April 19, 2013 10:17 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) most recently inspected the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night in 1985, when the plant was issued a $30 fine for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia.

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Report: Chevron El Segundo Refinery Pipes Corroded

April 19, 2013 10:14 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests of pipe samples from Chevron Corp.'s El Segundo refinery found corrosion to an extent similar to the pipe that failed and caused a large fire at the company's Richmond facility, a report released Thursday found. The tests found up to 60 percent pipe wall loss.

Texas Town Prays After Plant Explosion

April 19, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Worshippers came by the hundreds to pray at a non-denominational church service honoring the victims of a Central Texas fertilizer plant blast. Several hundred people on Thursday night packed St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in downtown West.

12 Bodies Recovered from Fertilizer Plant Blast Site

April 19, 2013 10:02 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN & WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas law enforcement official says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion.

Feds Fined Fertilizer Plant for Past Safety Violations

April 18, 2013 2:43 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators fined the company that operates the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded overnight $10,000 last summer for safety violations. But the government accepted $5,250 after the company took what it described as corrective actions.

Texas Gov.: Plant Explosion a 'Nightmare Scenario'

April 18, 2013 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in his state "a truly nightmare scenario." Authorities have said as many as 15 people are feared dead and more than 160 others were injured in the explosion that leveled homes and businesses in the farming community of West, Texas.

Rescuers Search for Survivors Amid Fertilizer Plant Ruins

April 18, 2013 1:58 pm | by JOHN L. MONE & MICHAEL BRICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

AP PHOTOS: Deadly Fertilizer Plant Explosion

April 18, 2013 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ground shook with the strength of a small earthquake when a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded Wednesday evening. Police say the blast killed 5 to 15 people and injured more than 160 others. Here are some images of the aftermath of the explosion.

NZ Company Convicted in Deadly Mine Blast

April 18, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

A New Zealand judge has convicted a coal mining company of nine health and safety violations over a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. Judge Jane Farish on Thursday found Pike River Coal had failed to ensure the safety of its workers.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited for '06 Permit Violation

April 18, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant where an explosion injured more than 100 people and killed an unknown number of others was cited for failing to obtain or to qualify for a permit in 2006. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated West Fertilizer after receiving a complaint of a strong ammonia smell.

February Burn at West Fertilizer Plant Led to School Evac

April 18, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

West, Texas Superintendent Marty Crawford says a school near the Texas fertilizer plant that was leveled by an explosion says it wasn't warned about a controlled fire at the plant in February and evacuated its students to another school as a precaution.

Mayor: Fire Crews Were at Texas Plant Before Blast

April 18, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

Volunteer firefighters went to fight a fire at a West, Texas fertilizer plant about a half-hour before a massive explosion tore through it and damaged surrounding buildings, according to Mayor Tommy Muska, a volunteer firefighter himself.

5 to 15 People Killed in Fertilizer Plant Explosion

April 18, 2013 10:14 am | by JOHN L. MONE & MICHAEL BRICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

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