Most Popular Chemicals Headlines This Year

The most viewed headlines from our Chemicals Topic Page over the last year.

#1 Health Experts Caution Over Disinfectants, Cleaning Methods Used in Rush to Reopen

Jun 16 2020 // Businesses across the U.S. have begun intensive Covid-19 disinfection regimens, exposing returning workers and consumers to some chemicals that are largely untested for human health, a development that’s alarming...

#2 What Is the No. 1 Emerging Litigation Risk? ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Says Praedicat

Sep 17 2020 // The top emerging litigation risk identified for the year ahead is PFAS, the so-called “forever chemicals” used in a wide variety of products such as Teflon, Scotchgard, food containers, firefighting foam and...

#3 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...

#4 Gutted Chemical Safety Board Tries to Proceed with Single Board Member

Aug 3 2020 // The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which has only one board member instead of the usual five, on Friday postponed a scheduled public meeting that was to include discussion of its plans to operate even as President Donald...

#5 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...

#6 Chemical Firm BASF and Its Law Firm to Pay $72.5M to Close Talcum-Asbestos Claims

Jul 24 2020 // BASF SE, the world’s biggest chemical maker, and a law firm agreed to pay a combined $72.5 million to resolve claims they hid evidence that certain talc products contained asbestos in an effort to scuttle thousands...

#7 ‘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...

#8 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...

#9 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....

#10 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...

#11 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...

#12 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...

#13 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...

#14 Derailed Train in Oklahoma Spills Toxic Chemical, Spurs Evacuations

Jun 15 2020 // Dozens of residents of a small Oklahoma city were temporarily evacuated early on June 13 after a train derailed and spilled a hazardous chemical, officials said. The train went off the tracks at around 2 a.m. in Wynnewood,...

#15 Pool Disinfectant Caught Fire at Louisiana Chemical Plant, U.S. CSB Says

Sep 1 2020 // The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said on Aug. 31 about 835 tons of a chemical used in swimming pools were stored at the Louisiana plant where a fire had erupted last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. The...

#16 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...

#17 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...

#18 Fire at Hurricane-Hit Louisiana Chemical Plant Contained

Aug 30 2020 // A chlorine chemical fire that erupted last Thursday, triggering shelter-in-place orders and closing roadways in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, has been brought under control, the plant’s owner said on Friday. KIK...

#19 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...

#20 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...