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Chemical Industry’s Evolution of Safety Improvements

April 24, 2015 4:47 pm | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety | Blogs | Comments

Through all of the vehicle damage, tire slashing, death threats, fist-fights, union grievances and more, my boss never wavered on the whatever-it-takes commitment to becoming a safe operation, and it worked.

ACC Knocks Proposed Changes to California Disclosure Law

April 24, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council sharply criticized modifications to California's Proposition 65...

Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions About Cause

April 24, 2015 9:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can't grow at freezing...

Home Depot to Eliminate Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring

April 23, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's largest home improvement chain is phasing out the use of potentially harmful...

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BPA Risk to Newborns May be Overplayed

April 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

A study of days-old infants shows an innate ability to clear the controversial compound used in plastics from the body.

Blue Bell Says It's Still Trying to Pinpoint Listeria Cause

April 22, 2015 10:30 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

Company Files Suit Over Arsenic Levels at Charlotte Plant

April 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company has filed a lawsuit alleging the former Charlotte manufacturing facility it purchased last year contains 5 million pounds of arsenic and cadmium contamination.

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Chinese Officials Blame Chemical Plant Bosses For Explosion

April 22, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The April 6 blast and ensuing hydrocarbon fire at the paraxylene plant in Fujian province left six people hospitalized and renewed discussion on China's social media about the potential dangers of factories that produce the toxic chemical.

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Over Listeria Concerns

April 21, 2015 12:14 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell says it is pulling its entire line of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert and other frozen snacks.

7 Dead, 13 Trapped in Flooded Northern China Coal Mine

April 21, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least seven coal miners were killed and 13 left trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China, state media reported Tuesday.

NY Attorney General Says Microbeads Escaping Sewage Plants

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general says some preliminary testing shows that microbeads, the tiny plastic abrasives added to makeup, shampoo and other personal care products, are passing through many of the state's sewage treatment plants and into waterways.

Report: Most Chemical Facilities Still Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

April 20, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most chemical facilities in the U.S. have yet to adopt federal anti-terrorism guidelines and remain vulnerable to attack, according to a recent report published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures.

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Nuclear Waste Drums Appear Stable After Signs of Reactions

April 20, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials say dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year.

Behind The Lens of 5 Iconic AP Photos of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Coverage of the BP oil spill back in 2010 began as a sprint, trying to find out who had been hurt in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and how bad the leak might get. It turned into a marathon as at least 134 million gallons of crude spewed from the well over 87 days.

OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

Los Alamos Radiation Release Could Have Been Prevented

April 17, 2015 9:33 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board.

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Pesticide That Hurt 4 in Virgin Islands Also in Puerto Rico

April 17, 2015 9:23 am | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials said documents suggest methyl bromide may have been improperly applied in various locations in Puerto Rico.

EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 5:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

Ex-Millstone Contractor Asks US to Protect Whistleblowers

April 16, 2015 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A contractor who said he was fired from Millstone Power Station after he reported a co-worker abusing narcotics in 2011 has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect whistleblowers at the nuclear plant.

Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 15, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Crude storage tanks include compounds such as propane, butane or benzene. In addition to posing risks for explosions or fires, those hydrocarbons can also cause long-term health problems such as cancer, blood disorders or respiratory and nervous system damage.

Cycle Gear Recalling Some Toys For Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The toys were sold between November and December at Cycle Gear stores and on the Benicia, California-based company's website.

Trial Begins Over Turkey's Mine Disaster That Killed 301

April 14, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspection reports said the coal had been smoldering for days before the May 13 disaster, releasing toxic gases. Survivors have complained of poor working and safety conditions inside the mine, including a lack of gas masks.

Several Men Fall to Their Deaths Inside of Chemical Tank in Pakistan

April 13, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

At least six bodies were recovered from a chemical tank inside a pickle manufacturing plant in Pakistan over the weekend. 

'Toxic Toy' Bill Gets Another Push in NY, Industry Objects

April 10, 2015 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to ban the use of certain chemicals in toys may get another chance in New York state before lawmakers adjourn in June.

Utility Won't Appeal $1.6 Billion Penalty For Deadly Blast

April 9, 2015 4:44 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

Number of People Sickened by Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries also announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination.

California Regulator: State's Utility "Too Big" For Safety?

April 9, 2015 10:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

Chinese Paraxylene Plant Erupts in Flames, Injuring at Least 6

April 7, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Six people were hospitalized and hundreds of firefighters deployed to fight a hydrocarbon fire following an explosion at a plant in southern China that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene.

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