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In Houston, a City with No Zoning, Warehouse Blast Prompts Safety Debate

Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don’t want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials. That unease was laid bare again last month when a massive explosion leveled a metal fabricating and manufacturing …

Most Residents Allowed Home After Pennsylvania Derailment

Most residents were being allowed to return to the homes they were forced to leave after a train derailment and resulting fires in their small Pennsylvania town, authorities said. Tests on air quality led the railroad CSX, an incident management …

Evacuations Remain in Effect After Pennsylvania Freight Train Derailment

Evacuations remain in effect for residents of a small Pennsylvania town following a freight train derailment. CSX says it’s unclear when residents will be able to return to their homes in Hyndman, Penn., about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The …

California Sues Glass Company Over Hazardous Waste in Wine Bottles

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant. The department said Monday Gallo Glass Co. failed to …

Competing Bills to Address Safety of Oil Transport In Washington

Washington state lawmakers are considering competing measures that try to address potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a mostly Republican-backed bill that would study …

Cleanup Continues At Louisiana Explosive Company

Authorities say it could take up to three weeks to finish moving military propellant into storage at an explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town. The town of Doyline was evacuated earlier this month after authorities …

Redwood City Firm Sued Over Dumping Of Toxic Waste

San Mateo County prosecutors are suing a Redwood City construction company they claim illegally dumped five barrels of hazardous materials in a garbage bin. The lawsuit alleges that three sanitation workers were sent to a hospital after the containers exploded …

N. Idaho Train Derailment Blamed On Soggy Ground

A Union Pacific spokesman says a southbound train derailed eight miles north of Sandpoint in northern Idaho after saturated soil gave way beneath a 350-foot section of track. Aaron Hunt says no hazardous materials spilled in the derailment involving 14 …