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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 6, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and others, argued the prevalence of organohalogens in many common products poses long-term health risks that outweigh their fire safety properties.

5 Years After Coal Mine Blast, Explosion Risks Persist

April 6, 2015 10:06 am | by DYLAN LOVAN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's worst coal mine disaster in decades exposed lax safety measures at some Appalachian mines, issues that persist five years later despite the crackdown that followed, according to an Associated Press review of federal inspection records.

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Family Severely Sickened by Exposure to Banned Pesticide While on Vacation

April 6, 2015 9:48 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

A family of four became severely ill after exposure to methyl bromide, which is banned for indoor use in the U.S. The family's attorney reported that when found, the father was in a coma and the mother and two teen sons were having seizures.

Texas Grocery Chain H-E-B Pulls All Blue Bell Products

April 6, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns."

Pemex Begins to Restore Production at Fire-Damaged Platform

April 6, 2015 9:16 am | by KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday.

Tanker Ran Aground Off Galveston Refloated, no Hull Breach

April 2, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A tanker hauling about 400,000 barrels of crude oil has been refloated after running aground off Texas while bound for the Port of Houston.

Possible New Laws Considered Nearly 2 Years After West Blast

April 2, 2015 10:48 am | by J.B. SMITH, Waco Tribune-Herald | Articles | Comments

Nearly two years after a fire set off a deadly ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., Texas businesses selling the chemical aren't subject to any new laws, and only a handful store it in fireproof buildings as experts recommend, state officials said.

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 companies on Wednesday to remove certain liquids and gases from oil before it's loaded onto rail cars — a move industry and state regulators believe will make for safer shipments.

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 four people and sending terrified workers jumping into the sea.

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-owned oil well.

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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