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Agency Proposes $17K Fine For Closed Wisconsin Nuclear Plant

April 1, 2015 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency says the fine is for a security-related violation stemming from routine inspections.

New Rules Take Effect For North Dakota Crude Oil Shipments

April 1, 2015 4:46 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Following a spate of explosive accidents involving North Dakota crude, the state began requiring...

Massive Fire Engulfs Mexican Oil Rig, 4 Dead

April 1, 2015 4:42 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing...

Albanian Authorities Evacuate Village After Oil Well Blast

April 1, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Albanian authorities are evacuating residents of a village following an explosion at a Canadian-...

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Freedom Industries, State Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

March 31, 2015 3:17 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit cleanup reports and work plans to the DEP.

New Leadership to Take Over Embattled Chemical Safety Board

March 31, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Obama previously nominated Vanessa Sutherland, chief counsel for the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to succeed Moure-Eraso. That transition, however, will move up by three months following a slew of controversies under Moure-Eraso's watch.  

NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

March 31, 2015 9:58 am | by COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

While officials caution that they aren't certain of the cause of last week's blast in New York's East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly consequences: untrained schemers rigging up pipes to save money by siphoning natural gas.

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GNC Reaches Deal With NY AG Over Herbal Plus Products

March 30, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The NY attorney general sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance or were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels.

Worker Killed in Blast at Eastern Pennsylvania Plant

March 28, 2015 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Township police said the blast happened in the melt shop of the plant, but there was no fire by the time officers arrived.

Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 6:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Lumber Liquidators have dropped 59 percent since Feb. 24, when it announced that the "60 Minutes" segment would air and said the federal government might file criminal charges against the company.

Feds Say Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals at Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:47 pm | by Keith Ridler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its phosphate plant in Soda Springs, Idaho.

Report: Feds to Exceed Costs For Cleaning up Nuke Waste

March 24, 2015 3:25 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

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Worker Safety Still Plagues US Oil Refineries

March 23, 2015 5:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

Utah Medical Waste Incinerator Proposes Doubling Production

March 23, 2015 5:24 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A medical waste burning plant that is leaving North Salt Lake City after being cited for toxic emissions wants to more than double production at a new facility in a rural part of the state.

Hypoallergenic Isn't Really a Thing

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

It’s a simple claim made on thousands of personal care products for adults and kids: hypoallergenic. But what does that actually mean?

Train Derailments in Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Texas, the cars derailed Saturday evening near Valley Mills, a town about 25 miles northwest of Waco. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said that about four homes were evacuated.

Popular Weed Killer Deemed "Probable Carcinogen" by UN

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

No matter the industry, learning and following safety techniques is crucial in protecting your business and your employees — and the manufacturing sector is definitely no exception.

Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should we Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

A researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water. But is there more to the story?

This Japanese Company Built A 'Disaster-Proof' Factory

March 18, 2015 3:51 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The factory is equipped with a massive battery storage, a smart power supply system, an efficient gas engine disconnected from the grid, banks of solar panels, and rows of huge LED light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. The plant also stores its own natural gas, food and water.

Industry Insider: The Public Should be Warned About Living Near Chemical Plants

March 17, 2015 5:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

“Whenever there’s a high-magnitude incident, a lot of people ask, ‘Why didn’t we see this coming? Why was [the plant] built so close to houses?’” Scott Harris recently told Chem.Info. “It’s not a well understood community issue.”

More States Looking to Ban Microbeads

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The wide range of soaps and skin care products containing the pellets, called microbeads, sparked fears among researchers and environmental advocates about their effect on the water supply.

Canada Safety Board Says Tank Car Standards Needed Sooner

March 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

"While the proposed standards look promising, the TSB has concerns about the implementation timeline," the Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.

When Oil Prices Are Down, Worker Deaths Are up in The Bakken

March 16, 2015 5:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Dakota saw eight oilfield employee deaths since October, a five-month total than exceeded the number for the previous 12-month span. October also coincided with the beginning of a decline in the number of oil rigs operating in the state.

Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The hardwood flooring retailer said customers who request the test kits would have the results from accredited laboratories within seven to 10 days. The company said it would evaluate the need for further testing should the kits show high chemical levels.

Lumber Liquidators CEO Makes Surprising Admission

March 13, 2015 3:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During a conference call, Lumber Liquidators CEO Rob Lynch responded to a "60 Minutes" report that exposed excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in the glue used to bind the company's wood.

OSHA Seeks $60,000 in Fines Against Kansas Manufacturer

March 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kansas manufacturer of water tanks and other products is facing proposed fines of $60,200 for allegedly exposing welders to toxic fumes and other violations endangering workers.

Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Texas' 216 oilfield worker fatalities led the nation between 2008 and 2012 and increased 7.4 percent compared to the previous five years.

Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The researchers said the system could find cracks in important structures such as pipelines, aircraft engines and power plants. Further development of the technology could also improve medical imaging and seismology.

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