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Train Derails, Spilling Hazardous Chemicals

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Hydrochloric acid and diesel fuel were spilled from an overturned train in Allendale County, South Carolina. The spill happened around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday when a train traveling from Savannah to Atlanta reportedly took a wrong turn, derailed and crashed into stationary rail cars.

 

Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S....

W.Va. Town Restoring Water Service Following Diesel Spill

January 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg...

Salvage Company Employees Sentenced to Prison And $10.3M in Fines For Illegal Asbestos Removal

January 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

All five pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s “work...

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

In a recent interview with Chem.Info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating their efforts. “[In the coming year] we expect that chemical companies are going to look at safety a lot more seriously,” he said.

1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal;Tupel, Miss. | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. TJN Biofuel LLC's president and owner, Steve Bolin, has not given official notice yet.

Nearly 84,000 Bottles of Mislabled Mean Green Cleaning Products Recalled

January 23, 2015 5:27 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

About 83,800 bottles of Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser have been recalled. The product is sold in both spray bottles and white and green containers. The cleaners have been shown to contain ammonia — even though the label says otherwise.

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Gas Drilling Watchdog Group Settles Suit Over Terror Listing

January 23, 2015 9:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas drilling watchdog group that says it was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state. The settlement terms between Pennsylvania and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition haven't been released.

Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 22, 2015 5:06 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle.

Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

Higher Temps Raise Phthalate Emissions From Vinyl Crib Mattress Covers

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The pair said the plastic commonly used in children’s cribs are of particular concern because infants breathe in far more air than adults, given their lower body weight. And because of how much they sleep, phthalates could be affecting the air they breathe 12 to 14 hours a day.

Cleanup Underway For Nearly 3M-Gallon Saltwater Spill in ND

January 22, 2015 9:31 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club, called the brine "a real toxic mix" and "an extreme threat to the environment and people's health." "Technology exists to prevent these spills and nothing is being done," said Schafer. "Better pipelines, flow meters, cutoff switches, more inspectors — something has got to be done."

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Ottawa Police Arrest Chemist After Hotel Evacuation

January 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemist was arrested at an Ottawa hotel Wednesday following an overnight police investigation linked to the discovery of dangerous chemicals 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia.

Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 21, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

Montana City Tries to Fix Water System Tainted by Oil Spill

January 21, 2015 9:57 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities scrambled to decontaminate a water system serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil was released Saturday.

EPA Proposes New Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 20, 2015 5:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight corporate giants, including DuPont, 3M and Ciba, to begin phasing out perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals.

Mysterious Goo Blamed in Bay Area Bird Deaths; Tests Planned

January 20, 2015 3:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mysterious sticky substance has been found coating the feathers of about 300 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few days, and wildlife officials blame it for dozens of deaths. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said analysts already know it is not a petroleum-based substance.

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BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 3:42 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment and wildlife. The federal trial begins today in New Orleans under U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, and it will determine exactly how much money BP owes in penalties.

Drinking Water Trucked Into Montana City After Oil Spill

January 20, 2015 10:15 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Japan Nuclear Plant Worker Dies After Falling Into Tank

January 20, 2015 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant died after falling into a water storage tank, the latest in a growing number of accidents at the site still struggling to clean up the mess from the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Currently, the plant's decades-long decommissioning involves nearly 7,000 workers.

SC Plant Workers Evacuated Because of Ammonia Spill

January 16, 2015 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An ammonia spill at a manufacturing plant in upstate South Carolina forced the evacuation of several hundred workers as emergency crews responded to the scene. Local media outlets report the spill happened at the Robert Bosch plant near Anderson about 10 a.m. on Friday.

Company With Chemical Spill Ties Cited 8 Times

January 16, 2015 4:31 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

State regulators have cited the new firm, Lexycon, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Plastics Trade Group Accepting Entries for Safety Awards

January 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

This week the Society of the Plastics Industry began accepting entries for the 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards Program. The program allows the trade group to track safety issues in the plastics industry through the applications, which require redacted copies of forms filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Judge: 3 Million Barrels Discharged After 2010 BP Spill

January 16, 2015 9:29 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion.

Surfactants Not as Harmful For The Environment as Many Thought

January 14, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

You don’t have to search far to find someone claiming that surfactants — chemicals used in soaps, shampoos and detergents to help wash dirt away — are dangerous toxins that are harmful for the environment. But after conducting what this researcher says was the biggest study on the environmental impacts of surfactants, the evidence shows otherwise.

Worker Dies After Found Unconscious at Citgo Unit in Texas

January 14, 2015 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker has died after being found unconscious at a Citgo Petroleum Corp. refinery in South Texas. Citgo officials on Wednesday did not immediately release the name of the worker who died following the accident at a plant in Corpus Christi.

Recycling Plant Owner Admits Illegal Chemical Dumping

January 13, 2015 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent exposure to a hazardous air pollutant.

DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. Four employees at the DuPont plant died after being exposed to methyl mercaptan on Nov. 15. Federal officials and the state agency are investigating the deaths.

Air Force Personnel May Have Been Exposed to Agent Orange After Vietnam

January 12, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A generation of American service personnel continues to deal with the effects of Agent Orange more than 40 years after the military ceased spraying the powerful herbicide during the Vietnam War. According to a recent federal report, military personnel working on Vietnam-era aircraft years after that campaign ended may have been exposed to dangerous levels of the harmful chemicals.

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