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Derailed Train in Oklahoma Spills Toxic Chemical, Spurs Evacuations

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, a community …

Iowa Chemical Plant to Pay $80K for 2019 Spill that Hurt Worker

A Waterloo, Iowa, chemical plant will pay a nearly $80,000 civil penalty to settle violations of federal Clean Air Act following a spill last year that hurt a worker there, federal officials said. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said in …

Indiana Environmental Regulators: Steelmaker Too Slow to Act on Chemical Spill

The state environmental agency said a northwestern Indiana steel mill knew it was leaking dangerous chemicals into Lake Michigan but failed to report the spill or act quickly to mitigate the risks. The cyanide and ammonia spill in August at …

Alabama Power to Pay $222K Over Chemical Spill, Dead Fish

Alabama Power Company has agreed to pay about $222,000 to settle a chemical spill that killed hundreds of fish near its coal-fired plant about 30 miles northwest of Birmingham, according to a notice Wednesday from the Alabama Department of Environmental …

Alabama Water Treatment Center Chemical Spill Sends Dozens to Hospitals

More than 50 people were sent to hospitals around Birmingham, Alabama, following a chemical spill at a water treatment plant. Authorities tell news outlets that irritating gas caused by a mixture of ferric sulfate and sodium hypochlorite caused breathing problems …

Massachusetts Businesses Evacuated After Sulfuric Acid Spill

Several Massachusetts businesses had to be evacuated after a drum inside a truck leaked sulfuric acid. Police responded to the report of a chemical spill in Billerica, Mass., Thursday afternoon. Officers found a tractor-trailer carrying eight barrels of the chemical, …

Houston Ship Channel Pilot Blamed for 2015 Collision, Chemical Spill

Federal safety experts say errors by a Houston Ship Channel pilot likely caused the 2015 collision between two 600-foot vessels that led to a chemical spill. The Houston Chronicle reported that the National Transportation Safety Board has urged Houston officials …

Tornadoes in North Texas Damage Homes, Businesses

Multiple tornadoes hit North Texas late on Nov. 16 and early on Nov. 17, causing property damage. The National Weather Service says at least five tornadoes touched down in the Pampa, Texas, area Monday night. Forecasters in Fort Worth says …

Bankruptcy Judge Approves $2.5M Cleanup Deal in West Virginia Spill Case

A bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.5 million deal involving the cleanup of a massive 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia. The order July 8 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson says the agreement is in the best interests of …

Despite Collision, Closure, Business Continues on Houston Ship Channel

Goods are being unloaded and commerce traded along the Houston Ship Channel, even though part of the waterway remained closed on March 11 amid cleanup efforts following a collision that spilled a flammable chemical. About a 4-mile to 8-mile stretch …