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Congress on Brink of First Update to Toxic Chemical Law in 40 Years

Legislation with bipartisan support that would revamp U.S. chemical safety law for the first time in decades is advancing in Congress, winning overwhelming passage in the House of Representatives as backers sought quick Senate action. Senate leadership aides said the …

Freedom Industries Official Sentenced for West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six …

OSHA Reviewing Alabama Car Parts Plant Use of Chemical

Federal regulators are investigating complaints about safety problems at an automotive parts plant in Selma. The Selma Times-Journal reported the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing operations at seat manufacturer Renosol. A vice president with Renosol parent company Lear …

Freedom Industries: West Virginia Chemical Spill Bigger Than First Estimate

The company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons, state regulators said Monday. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection …

West Virginia Politicians Call for State, Federal Regulation of Chemicals

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin this week proposed tighter regulations for chemical storage facilities after a spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people. Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage …

New Health Warning Raises Concern in West Virginia Over Chemical Spill

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning to pregnant women in West Virginia has raised alarms because officials, relying on the agency’s guidance, had been assuring residents their tapwater was safe after a chemical spill prompted a do-not-use …

Inspectors Cite Company in West Virginia Spill for Violations at Other Site

The company whose spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians has been cited for violations at a second facility where it’s storing chemicals. Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise says inspectors found five violations Monday at a …

Calls for Tougher Chemical Regulation Follow West Virginia Spill

A chemical spill that left 300,000 people in West Virginia unable to drink their water is reviving calls for more stringent regulation of thousands of chemical storage sites in the U.S., especially those near water supplies. The Freedom Industries Inc. …

Chemical Firm, Local Water Company Sued Over West Virginia Spill

13 Jan 2014 20:12 A West Virginia chemical maker was sued along with a local water company over a spill into the Elk River in the state capital, Charleston, that left businesses and residents without tap water for days. Freedom …

West Virginia Chemical Cleanup Continues; Probe of Leak Underway

West Virginia’s Governor sees the “light at the end of the tunnel” in the chemical leak that has compromised water service for about 300,000 in the state. Residents face a fifth day without drinking water as state and water authority …