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California to Classify Styrene as Carcinogen

March 3, 2015 3:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Styrene is used primarily in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins, and occupational exposure can occur in polystyrene factories and in the reinforced plastics industry.

Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of ...

NY Lawmakers to Try Again to Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

March 3, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals considered harmful,...

'60 Minutes' Exposes Toxic Chemical in Lumber Liquidators' Flooring; Company's Stocks Take a Hit

March 2, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made...

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2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the tracks.

By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. Here's how the numbers shake out.

Vermont Yankee Official Expects Enough Money to Clean Site

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now.

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President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety in Oregon Television Interview

February 27, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food

February 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

Canada Safety Board Says Latest Oil Train Derailment Shows New Safety Standards Are Inadequate

February 26, 2015 10:18 am | by WhochitGeneralNews | Videos | Comments

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids. But it says the cars still "performed similarly" to those involved in the derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people two years ago.

Lawsuit Filed Against Purina Claims Food Sickens, Kills Dogs

February 26, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The suit alleges the food contains propylene glycol, which it says is an animal toxin used in automobile antifreeze, and mycotoxins, a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

Study: Common Flame Retardants Linked to Obesity, Liver Problems

February 25, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Ino | News | Comments

The research involved polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, which are synthetic flame retardants found in couches, carpet padding, electronics and other common household items.

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Rusted Can of Zyklon B Poison Gas Found in Germany

February 25, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers clearing a small garden in northern Germany got a shock when they unearthed a rusted can labeled "Zyklon B" — the deadly poison gas used by the Nazis in the death chambers of Auschwitz and other camps.

Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail at 10 a Year

February 23, 2015 5:10 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the country.

Study Says Prenatal Chemical Exposure Could Harm Infant Boys

February 23, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found exposure to even low levels of diethylhexyl phthalate — a prominent plastic softener — during the first trimester of pregnancy could result in disrupted genital development in boys.

Ohio Families Drop Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

February 23, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical regulations.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.

Blast Devastates Refinery, Sends Ash Raining Down on Area

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.

Chemical Spray Tans May Pose Health Risk

February 18, 2015 4:36 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

As this undercover report shows, most women entering spray tan salons are not given the protection they need to prevent ingesting DHA.

Blast Hits Southern California Refinery

February 18, 2015 4:16 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The facility — a structure several stories tall — was shattered. Crews poured water onto the structure afterward, and a fire spokesman said at midday the situation was controlled.

Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

February 18, 2015 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

Gas Explosion in Mexico Caused by Worn Bolts on Gas Truck

February 18, 2015 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican officials said Monday that two worn-out bolts on a gas tanker truck broke, causing a leak that resulted in a hospital explosion that killed five people last month.

Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

W.Va. Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy at Crossroads

February 17, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A potential insurance settlement could pay for projects that benefit the affected residents, like additional water testing or health studies.

West Virginia Train Derails: Fires, Oil Tanker in River

February 17, 2015 9:06 am | by JOHN RABY, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm in West Virginia, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday.

Ex-New Mexico Nuke Dump Workers to be Offered Free Screening

February 16, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project out of a New York college is set to offer free medical-screening programs for former workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository.

Dash Cam Footage Shows Orange Cloud From Chemical Blast in Spain

February 13, 2015 12:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

For most, the restrictions were lifted within a few hours, as the cloud passed. But a day after the blast, authorities were still asking that children, the elderly, and pregnant women stay indoors. This dash cam footage shows how the bright orange chemical cloud filled the sky.

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