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Data Recorder Recovered from Ship Carrying Chemicals Sinking Off Sri Lanka

Jun 7 2021 // COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Experts recovered the data recorder of a fire-ravaged ship carrying chemicals that is slowly sinking off Sri Lanka’s capital, as salvage crews stood by to head off a possible environmental...

Meetings to Be Held on Status of PFAS Chemicals in New Hampshire Communities

May 17 2021 // Meetings will be held online for three southern New Hampshire communities to give the public updates on the status of chemicals found in the water, the Department of Environmental Services said. The meetings are scheduled...

Study Warns of Volunteer Firefighters’ Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’

May 5 2021 // Volunteer firefighters — who comprise more than 65 percent of the U.S. fire service — have higher levels of “forever chemicals” in their bodies than the general public. A Rutgers study, which was published...

Firefighter Injured in Blaze at Eastern Missouri Chemical plant

Apr 30 2021 // A firefighter was injured on April 29 during a large fire at a chemical plant in eastern Missouri that forced evacuations in nearby neighborhoods. Fire personnel responded to the scene at the Manor Chemical Plant in...

Worker Group Alleges Unsafe Chemical Releases at Minnesota Refinery: Reuters

Apr 26 2021 // Inadequate safety standards at Marathon Petroleum’s St. Paul Park refinery in Minnesota have caused avoidable hydrocarbon and chemical releases that pose a threat to the community, a local worker advocacy group said...

Massive Fire Breaks Out at Texas Chemical Facility

Apr 8 2021 // A huge industrial fire broke out at a chemical facility in Channelview, Texas, around 4 p.m. on April 7, Harris County officials said. A shelter in place order was issued for neighborhoods near the K-Solve Chemicals plant...

Chemical Site Cleanup on Maine River to Cost More Than $180M

Mar 25 2021 // A settlement that is pending approval from a federal judge would require the former owner of a shuttered chemical plant in Maine to spend more than $180 million to clean up mercury contamination. The settlement concerns...

‘Forever Chemicals’ in 60 Closed Minnesota Landfills Contaminating Groundwater

Mar 22 2021 // Pollution regulators said that contamination from toxic man-made “forever chemicals” has been detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills in Minnesota, with amounts exceeding levels for safe drinking...

Georgia City Resident Sues Over Chemical Discharge in Water

Mar 17 2021 // A Georgia city, a textile manufacturer and others are being sued by a former Summerville, Georgia, city council member over a water crisis that forced Summerville to distribute bottled water for weeks and still could cost...

Maine Man Sues Paper Mill Over Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’

Mar 11 2021 // A Maine man is suing a paper mill company that operates in the state about levels of long-lasting chemicals in wells and elsewhere. Nathan Saunders of Fairfield filed the lawsuit Friday against Boston-based Sappi North...

Environmental Settlement of $121K Reached with Washington Chemical Company

Feb 10 2021 // The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Emerald Kalama Chemical after inspectors say they found hazardous waste storage and handling violations it its Kalama, Wash., facility. The chemical...

DuPont, Chemours Reach Pact Over Liability for ‘Forever Chemicals’ PFAs Pollution

Jan 25 2021 // The Dupont Co. and its spinoff business Chemours have agreed to resolve legal disputes over environmental liabilities for pollution related to man-made chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health...

Texas Bills Push Tougher Chemical Tank Rules to Stem Explosions, Spills

Jan 8 2021 // Deer Park, Texas, residents sheltered in place. The Houston Ship Channel shut down. Toxic chemicals spilled during Hurricane Harvey. And just last month, seven people were injured in a Corpus Christi fire. These are the...

1 Worker Killed, 3 Injured by West Virginia Chemical Plant Blast

Dec 11 2020 // An explosion and fire at a West Virginia chemical plant that shook surrounding homes killed a plant worker and injured three other people. It happened after 10 p.m. Tuesday at Optima Chemicals Co., a tenant on the Chemours...

Wisconsin Officials Draft Water Quality Standards for PFAS

Nov 9 2020 // Wisconsin health officials have finished drafting new groundwater standards for more than 20 substances, including a dozen types of PFAS chemicals. The Department of Natural Resources asked the Department of Health...

EPA Denies Ban; Permits Farmers’ Use of Dicamba-Based Weed Killers for Five Years

Oct 28 2020 // The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it will allow farmers to spray crops with weed killers based on the chemical dicamba that are sold by Bayer AG and other companies, after a U.S. appeals court...

FM Global Creates Specialty Division for Forest Products, Chemical Industry

Oct 15 2020 // Commercial property insurer FM Global is creating a new division within the company to further strengthen its focus on serving the property risk management needs of the forest products and chemical industries. James P....

North Carolina Sues for Damages in ‘Forever Chemicals’ Release

Oct 15 2020 // The state of North Carolina sued on Tuesday to seek financial damages from companies associated with so-called “forever chemicals” released for decades from a Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear...

Michigan Company Faces $115K Fine Over Concerns Tied to Chemical Use

Oct 7 2020 // A western Michigan company faces a $115,000 fine as part of a proposed consent order with the state over safety concerns tied to the use of a chemical used to make chlorine tablets for swimming pools. Kassouni...

Judge Tosses Case Over Texas Chemical Plant Fire During Harvey

Oct 5 2020 // A judge has dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire at its plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey, saying prosecutors failed to present sufficient...