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12/28/06
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found widespread safety and health hazards at the West Hartford tool manufacturing plant of Danaher Tool Group, doing business as Holo-Krome Inc. OSHA's most recent inspection, conducted under two national emphasis programs aimed at preventing amputations and overexposure to lead, has resulted in citations for 26 alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of standards. Proposed penalties total $247,600. [Click For More]

12/27/06
Virginia -- Suspicious of DuPont after revelations that the company has contaminated other communities, Richmond-area activists are asking the EPA to look at the company’s use of a likely carcinogen in their own area. Virginia workers and environmentalists want state and federal regulators to investigate chemical giant DuPont and its use of a controversial Teflon-related chemical at a plant near Richmond. The request, issued by a coalition of labor and environment advocates – follows investigations into similar complaints in other cities. [Click For More]

12/26/06
Efforts to curb pollution in North America have taken a blow from a U.S. decision this week to exempt thousands of facilities from having to publicly report their toxic releases. In a little-noticed move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency quadrupled the threshold for toxic releases that do not have to be publicly reported. [Click For More]

12/20/06
Chicago, IL -- Gerald Carlton was trying free a clogged drain and used Liquid-Plumr and Rooto Professional Drain Opener, a highly concentrated solution of sulfuric acid, authorities believe. Firefighters also suspect that another product containing bleach may have been present in the drain. Fumes from the chemical reaction apparently killed Carlton (an autopsy is scheduled today) and sickened eight others -- his wife, son and six firefighters. [Click For More]

12/19/06
California -- Moreno Valley school officials are considering opposing two food-processing plants proposed on former Air Force property, saying a refrigeration chemical and increased truck traffic could pose a health risk to teachers and students at a nearby school. District officials are concerned about potential exposure from the anhydrous ammonia the plants intend to use in their large refrigeration units. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, anhydrous ammonia is widely used as a refrigerant in industrial facilities, and spills pose a significant threat when the chemical comes in contact with skin, when it is inhaled, or when it is exposed to fire or in an explosion. [Click For More]

12/18/06
BELLWOOD, Ill. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $151,650 in fines against Universal Form Clamp Inc., Bellwood, Ill., for 40 alleged serious violations of federal workplace safety and health standards including violations associated with flammable and combustible liquids, process safety management of hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste operations and hazard communication. [Click For More]

12/15/06
A Missouri widow filed an asbestos suit in Madison County Circuit Court against 187 defendant corporations claiming during the course of her husband's employment he inhaled large amounts of asbestos. Some of the defendants include Anheuser Busch, AutoZone, Bondex, Chevron, DaimlerChrysler, Dow Chemical, Exxon, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Goodyear, Honeywell, John Crane, Mallinckrodt, The Pep Boys, Proctor and Gamble, Sears, Western Auto and 3M. [Click For More]

12/14/06
European Union (EU) lawmakers have approved a new chemical law aimed at making producers and importers of chemicals prove that the substances they put on the market are safe for consumers – making it one of the most controversial laws in years. [Click For More]

12/13/06
In a new review study published in The Lancet researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine systematically examined publicly available data on chemical toxicity in order to identify the industrial chemicals that are the most likely to damage the developing brain. The researchers found that 202 industrial chemicals have the capacity to damage the human brain, and they conclude that chemical pollution may have harmed the brains of millions of children worldwide. The authors conclude further that the toxic effects of industrial chemicals on children have generally been overlooked. [Click For More]

12/12/06
BEIJING, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A blast at a petrochemical plant in northwestern Lanzhou, the second deadly accident in less than a year at a unit of PetroChina in the city, killed three workers, the Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The explosion at Lanzhou Petroleum and Chemical Company happened on Monday afternoon in part of a unit making maleic anhydride. [Click For More]

12/11/06
Ann Arbor, MI -- A man caught stealing anhydrous ammonia from a Scio Township business Sunday night was in critical condition from inhaling the chemical, authorities said. Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies responded to a theft in progress at the 800 block of South Parker Road and found a man attempting to steal the chemical from a tank located outside the agricultural supply business. [Click For More]

12/8/06
Initial findings from recent scientific studies suggest that chemicals in the environment and genetics play significant roles in the obesity spike. [Click For More]

12/7/06
Yakima, WA -- A limited air-sampling survey conducted by farm-worker advocates in April outside two homes near Yakima Valley orchards found what could be unacceptable levels of a pesticide that can cause damage to the central nervous system of children. Grower representatives quickly criticized the report, titled "Poisons on the Wind," as unscientific. It was released Wednesday by the Farm Worker Pesticide Project of Seattle. [Click For More]

12/6/06
Agrochemicals firm Syngenta has agreed to give payments to 11 former employees of an insecticide factory in southwestern Switzerland. The agreement comes more than a year after reports of a number of cases of bladder cancer around the southwestern town of Monthey that could be connected to exposure to the chemical galecron. [Click For More]

12/5/06
Dartmouth researchers find that low doses of arsenic have broad impact on hormone activity. In the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, the researchers report that three different steroid hormones all show similar responses to arsenic in drinking water, suggesting a broader effect and a common mechanism of arsenic on how these hormones function. [Click For More]

12/4/06
Close your eyes and walk past one of the city's countless nail salons and you might think you're passing an auto body paint shop. That's because many of the chemicals are the same, albeit in smaller quantities. The products that lacquer your toenails fire-engine red or make your fingernails luxuriously long and shapely can contain chemicals that are suspected or known to cause cancer and birth defects, yet there are limited safeguards for nail salon workers and their customers. [Click For More]

12/1/06
Brussels, Belgium – European public interest groups, including WWF, have denounced a deal struck behind closed doors between representatives of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers that will weaken REACH, the proposed EU chemical legislation. If adopted, the deal would allow many chemicals – including many that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and other serious illnesses – to stay on the market and be used in consumer products, even when safer alternatives are available. [Click For More]

11/30/06
Lousiville, KY -- Residents near Rubbertown's chemical plants continue to face greater health risks from toxic emissions than people in eastern Louisville, according to the city's latest report card on toxic air. Cancer risks from long-term, maximum exposure near the West Louisville plants were four to 60 times higher in 2005 than those at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus along Shelbyville Road near Hurstbourne Parkway. [Click For More]

11/29/06
This is the story of 9-11 and cancer. To date, 75 recovery workers on or around what is now known as "the Pile"—the rubble that remained after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on the morning of September 11, 2001—have been diagnosed with blood cell cancers that a half-dozen top doctors and epidemiologists have confirmed as having been likely caused by that exposure. [Click For More]

11/28/06
In 1990, as the makers of Perrier water absorbed the full consumer backlash from recalling drinks containing benzene in the US, Cadbury Schweppes quietly pulled one of its own products for the same reason, new documents show. Cadbury's benzene was traced to a reaction between two common ingredients in the drink – something that was still producing benzene in some other firms' drinks this year. But the problem with the two ingredients – sodium benzoates and citric or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) – was never made public. [Click For More]

11/27/06
It has been two years since the state set a goal to limit the amount of perchlorate in Californians' drinking water, but officials have yet to establish a mandatory threshold for the potentially dangerous chemical. The federal limit for exposure to perchlorate is 24.5 parts per billion (ppb). Local agencies have been following the state public health goal of 6 ppb in treating their water. But even that figure may not be enough to protect hundreds of thousands of Californians, according to an analysis of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. [Click For More]

11/24/06
JACKSON, Miss. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Mountain Pure MS Water Bottling Company and proposed penalties totaling $164,150 for violations including lack of personal protective equipment for employees working with corrosive materials, exposing workers to ozone well above the permissible levels, and improperly stored chemicals. [Click for More]

11/21/06
Widely used chemicals with suspected links to cancer and developmental problems in humans are present in common baby products like the yellow rubber ducky, bath books and clear plastic bottles. The toxic chemicals, which are used to harden or soften plastics, can leach out each time a baby sucks on a favorite doll or gnaws on a cool teething ring. Starting Dec. 1, a first-in-the-nation ban goes into effect in San Francisco, prohibiting the sale, distribution and manufacture of baby products containing any level of bisphenol A and certain levels of phthalates. [Click For More]

11/20/06
Charlotte, NC -- State officials will evaluate the health of 250 people who live near foam-making plants in North Carolina, hoping the information will add to the small amount of information available about the effects of an airborne chemical.Toluene diisocyanate, or TDI, is linked to asthma and other respiratory problems. State health officials closed the Trinity American foam plant in Randolph County nearly a decade ago because of TDI emissions. [Click For More]

11/17/06
Indiana -- Interstate 65 was closed after a cloud of noxious gas began spreading from a truck transporting a combustible chemical powder. Five people were treated for breathing difficulties after exposure to the cloud of sodium hydrosulphite, which seeped from the back of a semi-truck in the parking lot of the Pilot Travel Center truck stop at 18011 Colorado St. near Lowell. [Click For More]

11/16/06
BATON ROUGE, La. -- AKM, LLC, doing business as Volks Constructors, has been cited for alleged safety and health violations including the use of hazardous chemicals from unmarked containers and the lack of material safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals that has resulted in proposed penalties totaling $47,600 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). [Click For More]

11/15/06
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Northern Health Care Linen Services Inc. has been cited for alleged failure to protect workers against exposure to bloodborne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, falls and other safety and health hazards and resulted in $83,700 in proposed fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). [Click For More]

11/14/06
Fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)--autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation. Still, there has been insufficient research done to identify the individual chemicals that can cause injury to the developing brains of children. [Click for More]

11/13/06
CINCINNATI, OH – Nov. 10, 2006 – Firefighters are twice as likely to develop testicular cancer and have significantly higher rates of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer than non-firefighters. The findings suggest that the protective equipment firefighters used in the past didn't do a good job in protecting them against the cancer-causing agents they encounter in their profession. [Click For More]

11/10/06
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. -- OSHA has cited the Wynnewood Refining Co. for failing to properly maintain processing equipment relating to the operation of the hydrofluoric acid alkylation unit when it was evident that flare line leaks were occurring, exposing employees to hydrocarbons and hydrofluoric acid. Proposed penalties total $154,800. [Click For More]

11/9/06
Under an eagerly awaited ruling by New York's highest court, plaintiffs and defendants in cases alleging injuries caused by chemical exposure will need to carefully assess the amount of the chemical to which the plaintiff was exposed. [Click For More]

11/8/06
LONDON - Exposure to industrial chemicals in the womb or early in life can impair brain development but only a handful are controlled to protect children, researchers said on Wednesday. There is also a lack of research and testing to identify which chemicals cause the most harm or how they should be regulated, they added. Only a few substances, such as lead and mercury, are controlled with the purpose of protecting children. [Click for More]

11/7/06
Cheswold, Delaware -- A Cheswold company has been issued a state violation for a chemical leak that caused hundreds of nearby residents to evacuate or seal their homes from noxious fumes. The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control determined that nearly 13 tons of styrene leaked from a train railcar outside Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex on Fork Branch Road south of Cheswold. [Click For More]

11/6/06
ITHACA, NY — Following months of review, the New York State Department of Health released its new guidelines for indoor air levels of a toxic industrial chemical. The guidelines dictate how the state responds — or requires responsible parties to respond — when trichloroethylene is found in soil and indoor air. [Click For More]

11/3/06
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- OSHA has cited and proposed a $237,200 penalty against FKI Logistex, Olivette, Mo., for 45 alleged serious, willful, and repeat safety and health violations including improper storage of flammable and combustible liquids; quantity of flammable liquids maintained in the paint spray booths exceeded the minimum required for operation; and employees were permitted to consume food and beverages in areas that contained toxic materials. [Click For More]

11/2/06
Delaware -- After decades of studies and legal wrangling, federal officials have ordered a $52 million cleanup of the former Koppers Co. Inc. Superfund site south of Newport, moving the 317-acre former wood-treating plant property a major step closer to recovery. [Click For More]

11/1/06
Nearly half of Britain's hairdressers are suffering from a debilitating and career-threatening skin disease brought about by the chemicals used in their trade, health inspectors said last night. They said the condition, dermatitis, is affecting about 50,000 hairdressers and barbers across the UK, due to widespread flouting of safety regulations by salon employers. Staff are contracting dermatitis through regular exposure to products containing large quantities of chemicals, such as peroxides, soaps and shampoos. [Click For More]

10/31/06
Atlanta, GA -- The state Department of Human Resources said a survey of more than 600 residents of the south Fulton County town of Fairburn and nearby communities has found they were sickened with symptoms "consistent with exposure to propyl mercaptan," a highly toxic substance used in crop pesticides. [Click For More]

10/30/06
ESCONDIDO, CA -- Escondido firefighters delayed entering the burning North County Plating shop on Industrial Avenue because of concerns about hazardous materials. Their concern makes sense. Environmental regulators have long seen metal plating as one of the most sensitive businesses around, and metal platers routinely use strong acids, cyanide and heavy metals such as chromium and cadmium in their work. [Click For More]

10/27/06
Minneapolis, MN -- City Council committee OKs resolution requiring janitors to use less-toxic cleaning products when cleaning city buildings. -- public health advocates say exposure to many of the chemicals commonly used to clean bathrooms, offices, lobbies and other areas can make some people sick. [Click For More]

10/26/06
(NewsTarget) -- According to a report called "Science for the Vulnerable: Setting Radiation and Multiple Exposure Environmental Health Standards to Protect Those Most at Risk," released Thursday, the protection standards for cancer-causing radiation in the United States are so low, only the strongest people are protected. [Click For More]

10/25/06
Death rates among workers who manufacture computer components are at higher risk of dying of cancer, compared with the general population. "The findings reveal elevated cancers in manufacturing workers associated with solvents," said Richard Clapp, a professor of environmental health at Boston University's School of Public Health, wrote the study. "These cancers include brain, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and kidney." [Click For More]

10/24/06
BOSTON, MA -- Electrochem, Inc., a battery manufacturer, faces nearly $59,000 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace hazards at its Canton, Mass., plant including not developing a compilation of process safety information on the hazardous chemicals, the technology, and the process equipment in battery manufacturing, as well as failing to perform an initial hazard evaluation of the process. [Click For More]

10/23/06
The 10 most polluted places on the planet. -- The list compiled by the US-based Blacksmith Institute locates the top ten pollution hotspots in eight countries, affecting more than 10 million people, most of whom are impoverished, with adverse health conditions. [Click For More]

10/19/06
Palm Springs, CA -- The discovery of contamination at a school district maintenance yard in Thermal is prompting a cleanup effort that may include paving over the troubled spot. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District owns the site contaminated with DDT that was likely used years ago when it was a common pesticide. [Click For More]

10/18/06
Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Not long after hundreds of tons of toxic waste were jettisoned around Ivory Coast's main city under cover of darkness, Jean-Jacques Kakou and thousands of others awoke to an overpowering stench that burned the eyes and made it hard to breathe. Three weeks later, Kakou was dead - one of at least 10 deaths authorities suspect were linked to dumping that has thrown light on a growing global trade in hazardous waste. Poison is still being shipped out of developed nations to the Third World despite international legislation. [Click For More]

10/17/06
Responding to the growing incidence of genital malformations in baby boys, an international conference is being held in Helsinki, Finland, next month to discuss the possible link with widely used cosmetic chemicals. Studies have shown that some of these chemicals may be linked to the growing incidence of genital malformation in baby boys, as well as the increasing number of people being diagnosed with breast, testis and prostrate cancer. [Click For More]

10/16/08
BP's safety record in the US has come under renewed attack in a damning official report into a fire at its Texas City refinery which happened just four months after an explosion at the same plant killed 15 workers. The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), an independent federal agency concluded yesterday that the incident could have been avoided had BP followed simple safety procedures and briefed contractors properly. [Click For More]

10/13/06
PUEBLO, Colo. -- OSHA has cited Davis Wire Pueblo LLC in Pueblo with proposed penalties totaling $287,500, for alleged willful and serious violations of safety and health standards including overexposure to airborne lead and deficiencies in the implementation of the required lead program. [Click For More]

10/12/06
LANSING, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $116,200.00 in fines against Cracker East Corp., Haslett, Mich., for alleged willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards during demolition work including failing to comply with OSHA health standards on lead and personal protective equipment and failure to provide adequate washing and eating areas. [Click For More]

10/11/06
ATLANTA -- OSHA has cited U.S. Battery Manufacturing of Augusta, Ga., for alleged safety and health violations and is proposing penalties totaling $50,200. One citation specified that company employees were exposed to lead concentrations greater than the permissible levels. The second citation noted that the company failed to implement engineering controls and work practices to reduce employee exposure to lead. [Click For More]

10/10/06
South Africa -- Approximately 5000 former employees of the Pelindaba nuclear facility, near Pretoria, may possibly be suffering from an occupational disease related to chemical and radiation exposure. [Click For More]

10/9/06
Although the removal of most lead from gasoline and paint has driven down exposure levels from those seen 30 years ago, new research sharply lowers the level of lead exposure that's considered safe. And it expands the population of people who need to worry about the toxic chemical. [Click For More]

10/6/06
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Wiremold Co., a manufacturer of electronic products, faces $315,000 in fines from OSHA for workplace hazards at its West Hartford, Conn., plant including improper storing and handling of flammable liquids and combustible items; inadequate system for collecting aluminum dust generated during buffing operations; deficiencies in the plant's hazard communication program; and failing to determine if workers were exposed to lead and cadmium. [Click For More]

10/5/06
Researchers from Italy have reported that occupational exposure to solvents such as benzene, xylene, and toluene may increase the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL). The details of this case-control study were published in Epidemiology. [Click For More]

10/4/06
BEIJING — Two environmental officials have been fired over a chemical spill that forced authorities to cut off water supplies to 80,000 people last month in central China, state media said Tuesday because they failed to adequately supervise two companies blamed for tainting a local river with toxic arsenide. [Click for More]

10/3/06
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued safety and health guidance to help small businesses comply with the Agency's new hexavalent chromium(Cr(VI)) requirements for general industry, construction and shipyards. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees from hazards associated with exposure to Cr(VI). [Click For More]

10/2/06
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California will become the first U.S. state to try to measure how its residents are absorbing chemicals from common products under a "bio-monitoring" bill signed on Friday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [Click For More]

9/29/06
Researchers in Taiwan say they have established for the first time that the mercury compound present as a contaminant in some seafood can damage insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. In their experiments, Shing-Hwa Liu and colleagues exposed cell cultures of insulin-producing beta cells to methylmercury. They used concentrations of methylmercury at about the same levels as people would consume in fish under the U. S. Food and Drug Administration's recommended limits. [Click For More]

9/28/06
ELIZABETH, N.J. -- A trucking company worker damaged a pressurized tank containing sulfur dioxide on Tuesday, releasing a cloud of gas that sickened dozens of people, authorities said. City Fire Director Onofrio Vitullo said 51 people were decontaminated and taken to three hospitals. [Click For More]

9/27/06
Texas -- State and federal regulatory agencies are continuing their investigations of the explosion at the Bayer Material Sciences plant that sent 22 workers to area hospitals Tuesday. The blast happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. in a process vessel, or tank, at one of the Bayer industrial park’s two TDI, or toluene diisocyanate, units. [Click For More]

9/26/06
National Geographic -- Modern chemistry keeps insects from ravaging crops, lifts stains from carpets, and saves lives. But the ubiquity of chemicals is taking a toll. Many of the compounds absorbed by the body stay there for years—and fears about their health effects are growing. [Click For More]

9/25/06
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited The Waggoners Trucking for 28 safety and health hazards including failure to develop and implement a hazard communication program and failure to train employees who worked with hazardous chemicals at the company's Brunswick, Ga., terminal. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $46,800. [Click For More]

9/22/06
California -- About 45 farmworkers in San Joaquin Delta fruit orchards were exposed Thursday to an extremely toxic pesticide sprayed by a nearby aircraft. The workers complained of nausea and skin irritation -- classic signs of intoxication by the organophosphate pesticide Di-Syston, which the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner's Office identified as the substance sprayed over the asparagus field. [Click For More]

9/21/06
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Imagine this: Your great-grandmother was exposed to an environmental toxin while she was pregnant with your grandmother. Now you and your children are suffering consequences like cancer and kidney disease even though you were never exposed to the toxin yourself. A new study released this week reveals passing down the effects of a toxin through the generations may be possible. [Click For More]

9/20/06
Many of the chemicals found in the laptops, including lead, PVC and some BFRs, are hazardous to health and persist in the environment. Long-term exposure to some BFRs (certain PBDEs) has been associated with abnormal brain development in animals, with possible long-term impacts on memory, learning and behavior. [Click For More]

9/19/06
Abidjan - Ivory Coast arrested two executives of a Dutch commodities company whose dumped toxic waste caused widespread sickness in the country's largest city, a government official said on Monday. Hospitals have provided free treatment to 44 000 people, many of them complaining of nausea, headaches, and breathing difficulties caused by the foul-smelling substance, according to the health ministry. [Click For More]

9/18/06
Georgia -- State and federal officials confirmed Friday that tests showed toxic chemical presence of hundreds of thousands of times the accepted upper safe exposure levels for humans in south Fulton County beginning in late spring and early summer. [Click For More]

9/15/06
Washington, DC (AHN) - Pesticide exposure may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease, says a study done by researchers at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; although pesticides are banned, they are still present in the environment. The findings were presented at the 232nd American Chemical Society gathering - the largest scientific society in the world. The scientists said that exposure to pesticides increases the pace of changes occurring in the brain, eventually leading to the possibility of early onset of Parkinson's perhaps even decades earlier. [Click For More]

9/14/06
A bill that would set up the nation's first statewide program to measure exposure to toxic chemicals by testing thousands of volunteers has overcome industry opposition and reached the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill, SB 1379, by state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, and Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, would require the state Department of Health Services to establish a program for residents who agree to have their blood, urine and other body fluids tested for toxic chemicals and other pollutants. [Click For More]

9/13/06
BRAINTREE, Mass. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a total of $95,000 in fines against First Student Inc., a Cincinnati-based school-bus service, following a fatality and an injury at two of its Boston facilities. The fatality occurred March 9 at the company's Freeport Street bus yard when a mechanic was overcome by carbon monoxide produced by a gasoline-powered jump-starter used to start buses. [Click For More]

9/12/06
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will publish an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on Sept. 12, 2006, seeking public comment on the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Adoption of the GHS by OSHA will require OSHA to propose changes to the Agency's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). [Click For More]

9/11/06
JACKSON, Miss. -- OSHA has cited Dominion Marine Group, PRC Environmental and Advanced Demolition with proposed penalties totaling $85,575 following the investigation of a March 21 accident that resulted in the death of two workers. The Dominion Marine employees were recovering barges sunk during Hurricane Katrina. One employee died from inhaling hydrogen sulfide fumes as he pumped water from a barge compartment. The second employee died during a rescue attempt. [Click For More]

9/8/06
MADISON, Wis. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $123,000 in fines against Madison-Kipp Corp., Madison, Wis., for alleged willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards including failure to implement an adequate process hazard analysis, failure to implement a hazardous-waste operation and emergency-response program and to train workers in those requirements, and failure to provide medical evaluations and fit testing for safety equipment. [Click For More]

9/7/06
JACKSON, Miss. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Stringer Oilfield Services and issued 13 serious citations to the company including the lack of a written safety program for hazard communication, and proposed penalties totaling $40,300 following the investigation of a fatal accident at a Raleigh, Miss., work site. [Click For More]

9/6/06
The number keeps climbing. More than 750 people in north Fayette and south Fulton counties have reported illnesses they believe are related to exposure to the organophosphate pesticide MOCAP originating at the Philip Services Corp. plant on Ga. Highway 92 near Fairburn. Georgia Division of Public Health (DPH) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) are studying illnesses in the community and samples of chemicals previously located at the plant. [Click For More]

9/5/06
Researchers studying railroad workers have documented that cleaning solvents used in their jobs caused brain damage, shrinking the vital bridge that helps one side of the brain communicate with the other. The results of the study by researchers from West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University, which was funded by the federal government, bolster evidence that powerful degreasers can damage the brain. [Click For More]

9/1/06
In an effort to prevent some respiratory diseases, the National Institute for Occupational and Safety and Health (NIOSH) is requesting assistance from workers, employers, small business owners and others that have interaction or exposure to spray-on truck bed lining procedures. Spray-on bed liners contain methylenebis (phenyl isocyanate), known as MDI, that can cause respiratory disease such as asthma, and in some cases, death. [Click For More]

8/31/06
While some people tend to associate dangerous chemicals and toxic agents with bioterrorism in the aftermath of 9-11, every day items, like pesticide or household cleaning products, can create a hazardous threat. [Click For More]

8/30/06
Yes, dioxins are among the many contaminants that people should worry about. Yes, exposure to dioxins increases the risk of cancer. These are facts that both the U.S. National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have accepted. What is still the subject of controversy is whether or not we can actually get the dioxins through fatty food that has been wrapped with certain plastics and cooked in the microwave. [Click For More]

8/29/06
California -- Perchlorate, a toxic ingredient of solid rocket fuel that is contaminating hundreds of wells throughout Southern California, would be limited in drinking water under a new state standard. The California Department of Health Services plans to set a drinking water standard of 6 parts per billion, the same as a goal the state established two years ago. The standard, however, would be enforceable, whereas the existing goal is not. [Click For More]

8/28/06
New Zealand -- Tens of thousands of New Zealanders are believed to be repeatedly exposed to organic chemicals on the job. The Labour Department has investigated nearly 400 cases of a condition known as Chronic Solvent Neurotoxicity in the last 13 years and has found about a third of them are work related. [Click For More]

8/25/06
One month after OSHA released its asbestos information bulletin, EPA is following suit by releasing a draft brochure aimed to protect the health of auto mechanics. The brochure, Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers, includes work practices that may be used to avoid asbestos exposure. It also summarizes existing OSHA regulatory requirements for professional automotive mechanics. [Click For More]

8/24/06
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pyramid Mouldings, Rossville, Ga., for allegedly exposing workers to repeated and serious safety and health hazards including hazard communication requirements. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $176,000. [Click For More]

8/23/06
Washington, DC (PRWEB) -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has issued a report on biomonitoring – the practice of testing human blood, urine, or other fluids for the presence of environmental chemicals. The report reaches the conclusion that all responsible students of the newly developing science gain - the ability to generate biomonitoring data that often exceeds the ability to know what the data mean in a health risk context. [Click For More]

8/22/06
BANGOR, Maine -- A Stillwater, Maine, employer faces $149,500 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after one of its workers suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at a Bangor residential construction project. [Click For More]

8/21/06
New York, Aug 21: A US court has rejected a plea of some survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy for a clean-up of the affected chemical plant site, citing "sensitive and severe difficulties" of undertaking the exercise in a foreign land. [Click For More]

8/18/06
4 Components to Consider when Building an Incident Response Plan -- Incidents, both natural and man-made, happen. In recent years, many safety people have been tasked with managing incident response. It's a heavy duty, especially for those more experienced in such areas as lockout/tagout, machine guarding, and hazard communication. [Click For More]

8/17/06
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 123 chemical facilities in the United States are located where a catastrophic release from them could injure or kill more than one million people each. Using a slightly different model, the Department of Homeland Security projects that 272 chemical facilities threaten at least 50,000 people each. [Click For More]

8/16/06
SARASOTA, Fla. - More than 75 high school students and faculty were checked for exposure to mercury Tuesday after the toxic liquid metal leaked from a small vial in a student's backpack. Seven students came in direct contact with the mercury, which spilled onto a classroom table at Cardinal Mooney High School, Dezzi said. No one showed immediate signs of illness from exposure. [Click For More]

8/15/06
AUSTRALIA -- A national study has revealed that in excess of 2200 Australians die each year as a result of exposure to hazardous chemicals, including asbestos. [Click for More]

8/14/06
According to the most recent CDC estimates, one in 166 children in the US suffers from an autistic disorder. After a three year investigation, "The Mercury in Medicine Report" was released by the House Committee on Government Reform, and stated in part: “Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is directly related to the autism epidemic. The public health agencies’ failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.” [Click For More]

8/10/06
China -- Wang Xuedong is unable to use chopsticks to eat, as he is losing control of his hands. Wang, a 27-year-old worker in a private electronics firm in Foshan in South China's Guangdong Province, has been diagnosed with chronic hexane poisoning. "Since I came here half a year ago my job has been to wash circuit boards with chemical liquids." [Click For More]

8/9/06
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is moving forward to address concerns that have been raised regarding the levels of formaldehyde in travel trailers in the Gulf Coast region. The agency has specifically asked for and received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an air monitoring and sampling plan that is intended to validate methods that can be used to reduce the presence of formaldehyde in travel trailers. [Click For More]

8/8/06
Tons of toxic mercury from U.S. recycling programs are funneled each year to loosely regulated industries in developing countries, where much of the hazardous metal is released into the atmosphere. Scientists say some of that air pollution can drift back to this country and contaminate lakes and rivers, undercutting aggressive efforts to keep mercury out of the environment. [Click For More]

8/7/06
When sailors needed to get rid of napalm, oil and grenades at the Concord Naval Weapons Station after World War II, they had a simple solution: Just dig a hole and have a bonfire. Sixty years later, the hangover for these toxic practices is becoming clear as the city of Concord tries to redevelop a base laced with harmful contaminants that can lead to cancer and other diseases. [Click For More]

8/5/06
Washington -- To find out if the tiniest airborne particles pose a health risk, University of Rochester Medical Center scientists have shown that when rats breathe in nano-sized materials, the particles quickly follow an efficient path from the nose to several brain regions. [Click For More]

8/4/06
Australia -- International legal experts have joined local lawyers in preparing a class action on behalf of almost 300 residents living near the site of a toxic chemical fire at an industrial estate north of Brisbane last year. The claim is threatening to be the biggest chemical exposure case of its kind in Australian history and is being discussed in international legal circles. [Click For More]

8/3/06
NEW YORK -- OSHA fines J&J Bronze & Aluminum Casting Corp. $144,750 for safety and health hazards including employee overexposure to lead, the absence of work practices, engineering controls, respirators, a clean changing room, showers, medical surveillance, employee training and other required safeguards; a deficient hazard communication program; lack of hearing and eye protection; and no hearing conservation training. [Click For More]

8/2/06
New Mexico -- Julie Tambourine at first thought someone was playing a sick joke on her. When she returned to her home in Eldorado nearly two weeks ago, she found a receipt tacked to the door indicating a pest-control company had treated the area around her house with a pesticide. Tambourine suffers from multiple chemical sensitivities. And the chemical used -- pyrithroid -- was the same one that had disabled her 10 years earlier. [Click For More]

8/1/06
Tacoma, WA -- The state has fined a Fife nursery supply company $82,000 for mishandling dangerous wastes after a fire last December at a South Hill refuse transfer station, officials said Monday. L & L Nursery Supply Inc., 2507 Frank Albert Road, plans an appeal. [Click For More]

7/31/06
SHANGHAI, CHINA -- An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed at least 22 people Friday and prompted the evacuation of 7,000 others, state news media and officials said. Twenty-eight people were missing. [Click For More]

7/28/06
Common household products to clean your toilet or freshen the air may potentially be hazardous for your health, according to a new NIEH study. Millions of people use products that contain the organic compound, dichlorobenzene. It's found primarily in room deoderizers, toilet bowl cleaners, and moth control insecticide. Researchers found traces of the compound in every person they tested which they said in some people could potentially lead to a loss of lung function. [Click For More]

7/27/06
WASHINGTON -- Growing scientific evidence suggests the most widespread industrial contaminant in drinking water -- a solvent used in adhesives, paint and spot removers -- can cause cancer in people. The National Academy of Sciences reported Thursday that a lot more is known about the cancer risks and other health hazards from exposure to trichloroethylene than there was five years ago when the Environmental Protection Agency took steps to regulate it more strictly. [Click For More]

7/26/06
The nation's two largest food-industry unions are urging the Bush administration to issue an emergency order restricting workers' exposure to lung- destroying fumes from a butter-flavoring chemical used in everything from pastries to popcorn. [Click For More]

7/25/06
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- OSHA has cited Haulmark of Georgia Inc. of Fitzgerald for hazardous material exposure and other workplace safety and health violations. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $57,150. OSHA issued 29 serious safety and health citations to the trailer manufacturer for failing to prevent worker exposure to methylene chloride, a hazardous chemical used to clean equipment. [Click For More]

7/24/06
A recent national report that stressed links between dioxin and cancer is raising concerns in Delaware, where thousands of tons of dioxin-tainted wastes have been spilled, buried or stored. [Click For More]

7/21/06
Somerville, MA -- Seventeen people, including one firefighter, were hospitalized Tuesday morning, triggering a probe into a chemical leak that resulted in a Level 1 hazmat situation. A 55-gallon drum of super-concentrated bleach was the target of the investigation at the Angelica Corp. facility. [Click for More]

7/20/06
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Oriental Weavers of America following a fatal accident at the company's Dalton, Ga., manufacturing plant. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $126,450 for violations including improper hazard communication procedures. [Click For More]

7/19/06
LANSDALE, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Crystal Inc.-PMC for alleged safety and health violations including improper storage of incompatible chemicals, hazard communication deficiencies, and improper handling of formaldehyde, and proposed $213,700 in penalties. The Lansdale, Pa., company manufactures specialty chemicals and employs 51 people. [Click For More]

7/18/06
Do beautifully polished nails pose a safety risk for women and their offspring? That's a quandary facing a growing number of cosmetics companies, salons and customers as health and environmental advocates step up their attack against a controversial ingredient contained in most nail polishes -- including some very popular brands. [Click For More]

7/17/06
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency tightened public health standards for dry cleaners Friday, saying that cleaning shops in residential buildings must stop using a toxic solvent in their machines by 2020. Administration officials said the new restrictions on perchloroethylene, or perc, a hazardous air pollutant, would reduce Americans' exposure to a chemical linked to cancer and neurological damage. [Click For More]

7/14/06
Eau Claire, WI -- Nine former Uniroyal workers say they became sick after working there. They're suing and their lawyer says this suit could be just the beginning. He says 30 former workers contacted him and say they're suffering. Uniroyal closed in 1991. Now, nine former workers say they were exposed to benzene on the job. [Click For More]

7/13/06
HOUSTON, (Reuters) - At least 21 people were taken to hospitals after a chemical leak at a northeast Houston warehouse on Wednesday afternoon, according to Harris County Hazardous Materials spokesman. Over 200 people at the warehouse were checked for symptoms of exposure to hydrobromic acid. [Click For More]

7/12/06
The United States has requested a five year extension to the deadline for completing destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile. But even if the extension is granted, the new deadline cannot be met, a U.S. ambassador says. The United States possesses the second largest chemical weapons stockpile in the world - more than 27,700 metric tons of deadly VX, GB, HD, mustard, and sarin nerve agent and associated explosives. They must be destroyed under the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty signed by 178 countries. [Click For More]

7/11/06
Proponents of legislation to phase out the use of lead and nine other chemicals in consumer products hailed a state-funded study that found industry could replace hazardous chemicals with cheaper alternatives. Advocates for chemical limitations yesterday said the new study refutes industry claims that there are no alternatives. The chemicals are used in a range of products including bullets, fishing sinkers, cables, cosmetics and dry cleaning solvents. [Click For More]

7/10/06
KEARNY, N.J. -- OSHA has cited Radial International Corp. for alleged safety and health violations, including failure to properly protect employees from lead exposure, and proposed a total of $136,000 in penalties. The Kearny, N.J., company, doing business as Radio Casting Corp., is a brass foundry and aluminum die-casting operation that employs 35 workers. [Click For More]

7/7/06
Burlington, VT -- For years, Burlington's air has been relatively high in benzene, a hazardous pollutant. Now the state plans to figure out why, with the help of a half-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [Click For More]

7/6/06
WASHINGTON, PRNewswire -- Major environmental groups and dozens of environmentalists sent a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson today challenging the agency's decision to allow the use of treated wood containing the highly toxic hexavalent chromium. The letter asks the EPA to rescind its decision to allow mostly non-residential uses of the chemical, and make public the scientific basis for its decision. [Click For More]

7/5/06
Since the 1970s, scientists have known that when DDT accumulates in a woman's tissues it can be transmitted to her developing fetus across the placenta. Now, a new study led by a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, has found that such in utero exposure is associated with developmental delays in the young child. [Click For More]

7/3/06
Minnesota spends $1.5 billion a year on childhood diseases related to environmental problems, according to a report to be released Friday by two environmental groups. [Click For More]

6/30/06
MOONACHIE, NJ -- An accidental chemical reaction at a polyurethane manufacturing plant Thursday afternoon forced the evacuation of about 75 employees, including nine who were taken to hospitals complaining of eye and throat irritation, officials said. The accident occurred just before 2:50 p.m. at the Crest Foam Industries Inc. [Click For More]

6/29/06
WICHITA, Kan. -- High-hazard industry workplaces in Kansas are the focus of a "local emphasis program" being conducted by the Wichita area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Inspectors will focus on establishments with 10 or more employees that have not had a comprehensive OSHA inspection since 1995. [Click For More]

6/28/06
FLUSHING, N.Y. -- A Flushing hospital's alleged failure to protect workers from exposure to formaldehyde has resulted in $112,500 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). [Click For More]

6/27/06
BRAINTREE, Mass. -- A Texas-based cement manufacturing company's alleged failure to properly protect its workers from safety and health hazards including employee overexposure to silica, inadequate engineering controls to reduce silica and dust levels, and deficient respirator and confined space entry programs at its cement products plant in Middleboro, Mass., has resulted in proposed penalties of $71,200 from OSHA. [Click For More]

6/26/06
After a decade of delays and facing a congressional goal to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of adopting a hotly contested rule that tackles one of the last major dangers still posed by lead: the poisonous dust stirred up by remodeling. [Click For More]

6/23/06
NEW DELHI (AP)— Environmental activists warned Thursday that unregulated use of mercury in India is putting millions of people at risk, and the country has now become the world's second-largest user of the poisonous chemical. Researchers said that without government regulations to manage its use, mercury is being handled and disposed of in a hazardous manner. [Click For More]

6/22/06
By University of Colorado at Boulder, Chemical compounds in household products like mothballs and air fresheners can cause cancer by blocking the normal process of "cell suicide" in living organisms, according to a new study spearheaded by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Naphthalene in mothballs and para-dichlorobenzene, or PDCB, found in some air fresheners, were shown to block enzymes that initiate programmed cell death, or apoptosis. [Click For More]

6/21/06
In 2003, almost 6 millon workers were injured, 5,559 died in a job-related accident and close to 50,000 died of occupational illnesses. This means that every day 150 workers lose their lives and around 1,200 are injured in the workplace or suffer the consequences of job related illnesses. It also means that every year in this country more people die at work than the people who died in September 11, Afghanistan and Iraq together. [Click For More]

6/20/06
Legislation to create a national asbestos trust fund is once again drawing criticism for allegedly shortchanging the injured, making the public pay for employers’ wrongdoing, and setting the stage for eventual financial collapse. [Click For More]

6/19/06
Nearly five years after 9/11, the United States remains far too vulnerable to natural disaster and major attack. That's the consensus of security experts and a new federal report released Friday. Most states and local authorities lag in emergency planning, the report found. At the same time, the federal government is still struggling to close big security gaps in airline passenger screening and port security and at chemical plants. [Click For More]

6/16/06
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that using pesticides for farming or other purposes increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease for men. Pesticide exposure did not increase the risk of Parkinson's in women, and no other household or industrial chemicals were significantly linked to the disease in either men or women. [Click For More]

6/15/06
Birmingham AL -- Vulcan Materials Co., one of Alabama's largest companies, has been hit by a $100 million jury award in California over a claim it manufactured a chemical that polluted groundwater. [Click For More]

6/14/06
The Alaska Railroad is reopening an old and contentious debate with a plan to use herbicides to kill weeds, brush and other plant growth in and alongside its tracks. In an application filed with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the railroad proposes using two commonly available weed killers called glyphosate and 2,4-D and a Dupont Chemical product called Oust Extra, which can only be used by professionals. [Click For More]

6/13/06
CLEVELAND — In a closely watched case unfolding in federal court, a jury is being asked to take up an intriguing question that has confounded many medical researchers: Can welding fumes cause neurological diseases such as Parkinson's? The lawsuit was brought by a former welder who suffers arm tremors and other movement problems that he says could be Parkinson's. [Click For More]

6/12/06
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $209,500 in fines against Viasant LLC, Arlington Heights, Ill., for alleged willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards following an investigation into possible lead exposure to workers at the site of a former battery plant in Kankakee, Ill. [Click For More]

6/2/06
Linking prostate cancer to a widespread industrial compound, scientists have found that exposure to a chemical that leaks from plastic causes genetic changes in animals' developing prostate glands that are precursors of the most common form of cancer in males.  The chemical, bisphenol A or BPA, is used in the manufacture of the hard, polycarbonate plastic of baby bottles, microwave cookware and other consumer goods and has been detected in nearly every human body tested. [Click For More]

6/1/06
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that its 2006 site-specific targeting (SST) plan will focus on approximately 4,250 high-hazard worksites. Over the past eight years, OSHA has used a site-specific targeting inspection program based on injury and illness data. This year's program (SST-06) stems from the agency's Data Initiative for 2005, which surveyed approximately 80,000 employers to attain their injury and illness numbers for 2004. [Click For More]

5/30/06
5/30/06 Our homes are tighter than ever, sealing us in with pollutants, biological — mould, dust mites, animal dander and bacteria — and chemical — cigarette smoke, heating or cooking appliance gases, building materials, furnishings and cleaning and hobby products. [Click For More]

5/26/06
California is poised to become the first state to phase out the main chemical used by dry cleaners, following a unanimous vote by the state's Air Resources Board on Thursday to develop a plan to eliminate perchloroethylene — or "perc." [Click For More]

5/25/06
When used indoors under certain conditions, many common household cleaners and air fresheners emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Exposure levels to some of the pollutants - and to the secondary pollutants formed when some of the products mix with ozone - may exceed regulatory guidelines resulting in chronic exposure, according to the study. [Click For More]

5/24/06
Eight months ago, 10 Washingtonians volunteered blood, urine and hair samples to the Washington Toxics Coalition to be tested for eight classes of chemicals. The results are in, and they are not pretty. It wouldn't be kind to say that these 10 are walking toxic waste dumps, but their levels of phthalates (found in such diverse products as shower curtains and fragrances), PBDEs (found in flame retardants, mattresses and furniture), mercury, pesticides, lead and other chemicals were high enough to make both scientists and subjects sit up and take notice. [Click For More]

5/23/06
Newswise — Eighteen years later, people who worked with lead have significant loss of brain cells and damage to brain tissue, according to a new study published in the May 23, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study examined 532 former employees of a chemical manufacturing plant who had not been exposed to lead for an average of 18 years. The workers had worked at the plant for an average of more than eight years. [Click For More]

5/22/06
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Friday it found levels of cancer-causing benzene that exceeded federal standards in five of 100 soft drinks and beverages it tested. Benzene, a chemical linked to leukemia, can form in soft drinks containing vitamin C and either of the two preservatives sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate. Scientists say heat or light exposure can trigger a reaction that forms benzene in the beverages. [Click For More]

5/19/06
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $134,000 in fines against Project Management Services, headquartered in Girard, Ohio, for alleged willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards regarding lead and cadmium at a Chicago foundry. [Click For More]

5/18/06
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State officials may ask federal regulators to require pest control companies to ventilate homes after spraying for bugs. Officials are considering the possibility in response to the case of an elderly woman who died a few hours after her home was sprayed. [Click For More]

5/17/06
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has tentatively agreed to new restrictions that will allow a Southern California pesticide maker to keep a controversial insecticide on the market, the agency announced Tuesday. Newport Beach-based Amvac volunteered to cancel some uses and add restrictions to others for a pesticide known as dichlorvos, or DDVP, which is commonly used to kill mosquitoes, fleas and other insects. [Click For More]

5/16/06
FREMONT, Neb. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Palleton of Fremont Inc. for 33 alleged safety and health violations including failure to label process tanks with the identity of chemicals and associated hazards and failure to provide hazard communication training to employees working with chemicals such as sodium hypochlorite. Proposed penalties totaled $126,500. [Click For more]

5/12/06
Scientists have for the first time detected cancer-causing chemicals and nicotine in the urine of babies living in houses where at least one parent smokes. University of Minnesota researchers who studied 144 infants found "substantial uptake" of a chemical called NNAL in nearly half of babies exposed to second-hand smoke. NNAL is a by-product of a toxin in tobacco that causes lung cancer. [Click For More]

5/11/06
In 1994, a team of scientists locked dozens of dogs in airtight plastic boxes and then pumped the pesticide methyl bromide into these containers for seven hours each day for a month. The devastating effects were noted in a brief, dispassionate summary of their experiment. [Click For More]

5/10/06
SHERIDAN, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited American Stone Fabricators Inc. of Sheridan for 13 alleged serious violations of health and safety hazards, and one instance of failing to abate previously cited hazards, including employee overexposure to silica. Proposed penalties total $110,000. [Click For More]

5/9/06
Some pesticides affect humans by causing cancer, central nervous system damage and respiratory illnesses. Others can have toxic effects on human reproductive, endocrine and immunological systems. For many pesticides, we simply don't know what the long-term health effects are. [Click For More]

5/8/06
''An environmental crisis is coming to China earlier than expected, especially water pollution," Pan Yue, vice chairman of China's State Environmental Protection Agency, said in a recent interview in Beijing. ''We will face tremendous problems if we do not change our development patterns." [Click For More]

5/6/06
A Western Massachusetts association of water suppliers is urging the state to carefully consider all possible sources of perchlorate, including food, as they set a safe drinking water standard for the chemical. With a week left in the public comment period for the state's proposed 2 parts per billion drinking water and hazardous waste standards for perchlorate, the state Department of Environmental Protection has received mostly kudos from clean water advocates on its plans. [Click For More]

5/5/06
ATLANTA - A waterproofing boot spray has sickened nearly 200 people and more than two dozen pets in the Midwest since early last year, health officials said Thursday. No one died, but people in five states reported coughing and breathing problems, and more than 80 went to hospitals. [Click For More]

5/4/06
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $77,000 in fines against A.K. Steel Corp., Mansfield, Ohio and $70,000 in fines against Harsco Corp. Mansfield, following an inspection into the companies' operations at the A.K. Steel plant at 913 Bowman St., Mansfield. OSHA opened a complaint inspection in October 2005 after receiving information regarding potential lead hazards and personal protective equipment issues. [Click For More]

5/3/06
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Two environmental justice groups filed suit today to protect school children from diesel engine exhaust from school buses. The lawsuit is filed under California's Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), and claims that Laidlaw is exposing school children who ride Laidlaw school buses to cancer-causing diesel engine exhaust without a warning. [Click For More]

5/2/06
Hawaii -- Safety Expert Says Housing Project on Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Contaminated with Three Deadly Banned Toxins at Dangerously High Levels; Navy Claims Levels of Chlordane, Heptachlor and Heptachlor-Epoxide are Only Slightly Elevated and Navy is Exempt from Following State Safety Guidelines; EPA and Department of Health Launch Joint Investigation [Click For More]

5/1/06
Unknown hazardous chemicals in everyday products are accumulating in human tissue and persisting in the environment without breaking down. Of 80,000 synthetic chemicals that have been registered in the country, less than 10 percent have been tested for their effect on human health. [Click For More]

4/28/06
Hamilton, Canada -- Mira Kotarscak remembers how, as a 22-year-old woman, she was so excited to get the job at Skippy Footwear, a division of Susan Shoes. When there wasn't work sewing running shoes, she'd clean paint off the bottom of rubber boots with a solvent -- an organic compound called methyl ethyl ketone. [Click For More]

4/27/06
Boston, MA -- Kevin Kane is gone, a victim of a rare cancer that killed him at 26, and no government study is going to bring him back. But a report released on Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health definitively linking a cancer cluster in Ashland to a toxic wasteland near Kane’s childhood home has brought some comfort to his family - and alerted the rest of the community to the risk if they were exposed. [Click For More]

4/26/06
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today fined BP Products North America, Inc. more than $2.4 million for unsafe operations at the company's Oregon, Ohio refinery. OSHA's inspection identified a number of violations similar to those found during an investigation of the fatal explosion at BP's Texas City, Texas, refinery that claimed the lives of 15 workers and injured more than 170 others. [Click For More]

4/25/06
CONCORD, N.H. -- A Milford, N.H., manufacturer of stone countertops faces $46,250 in fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for not storing granite slabs in a safe manner and exposing employees to silica dust. [Click For More]

4/24/06
WASHINGTON -- Approximately 14,000 employers have been notified that injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average and that assistance is available to help them fix safety and health hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today. [Click For More]

4/21/06
ABERDEEN, Md. -- Four lab workers at Aberdeen Proving Ground were hospitalized Thursday as a precaution following the third accident involving a dangerous chemical in a 10-day period at the post. APG officials say the employees of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center were working with phosgene this morning when one of them smelled the gas in the air. Phosgene is a toxic industrial chemical used to make plastics and pesticides. [Click For More]

4/20/06
DOVER, Del. -- Drinking water supplies near a DuPont facility in New Jersey have been contaminated with chemicals, including a suspected carcinogen used in the production of Teflon, according to a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the contamination is linked to the manufacturing, use and disposal of perfluorinated chemicals, including PFOA, at DuPont's Chambers Works plant in Salem County, N.J. [Click For More]

4/19/06
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited four western New York employers for allegedly failing to safeguard workers against asbestos hazards during cleanup and repair operations following a November roof collapse at the Leisureland bowling and restaurant complex in Hamburg, N.Y. [Click For More]

4/18/06
Everyday living may be hazardous to your health - and Californians should spend millions to do something about that, according to a new bill under consideration by lawmakers. Senate Bill 1379 would create the nation's first statewide biomonitoring program to study levels of chemical contamination in blood, urine, fatty tissue or breast milk. [Click For More]

4/17/06
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- Crews were called to the Harcros Chemical plant near Lawrenceburg when a 350-gallon tank behind the building leaked onto a loading dock after a forklift cut a hose to the tank. Officials said the chemical involved is glycol ether, an industrial-grade cleaner. At least 15 people were treated for exposure to the chemical, and six of them were transported to local hospitals. [Click For More]

4/13/06
The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) says that better process design, engineering, and hazard analysis would likely have prevented the 2004 runaway chemical reaction and vapor cloud release at MFG Chemical's plant in Dalton, Ga. More than 200 families were forced to evacuate their homes, and 154 people had to be decontaminated and treated for chemical exposure at a local hospital after allyl alcohol and allyl chloride were released from a reactor at the MFG facility. [Click For more]

4/12/06
Aberdeen, Md. (AP) - Aberdeen Proving Ground officials say 15 people at an Army research laboratory were taken to an onsite clinic for monitoring Tuesday after a brief power outage put them at risk of exposure to small amounts of V-X and mustard agent. [Click For More]

4/11/06
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Webster, N.Y., construction contractor, faces a total of $323,000 in proposed fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for allegedly failing to protect its employees against lead exposure hazards at a worksite on the campus of the State University of New York at Geneseo. [Click For More]

4/10/06
As the U.S. economy strides into the age of nanotechnology, thousands of workers are participants in a seat-of-the-pants occupational health experiment. [Click For More]

4/7/06
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Boston officials envision keeping rail cars carrying hazardous chemicals at least 10 miles away unless the city is their destination. A plan in Chicago would prohibit such tanker cars in its downtown Loop. In Cleveland, city officials are considering banning them near Lake Erie, water treatment plants, and crowded neighborhoods. Transport of these chemicals presents one of the knottiest public policy problems in the effort to protect the nation's cities from terrorist attack. [Click For More]

4/6/06
WASHINGTON -- Cancer-causing benzene has been found in soft drinks at levels above the limit considered safe for drinking water, the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged Wednesday. Even so, the FDA still believes there are no safety concerns about benzene in soft drinks, or sodas, said Laura Tarantino, the agency's director of food additive safety. [Click For More]

4/5/06
Eleven members of US Congress today filed an amicus brief with the country's Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of more than 20,000 victims of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical disaster in Bhopal. In the brief, the 11 lawmakers argued that the District Court was wrong in refusing to consider India's statement requesting cleanup of the Bhopal plant. They also stated that the disregard of India's submission was improper and interfered with US public policy and foreign relations with India. [Click For More]

4/4/06
Farmers, foresters, citizens and activists converged on Bangor, to debate proposed rules to restrict pesticide use in Maine. Petitions submitted by the Maine Toxics Action Center (MTAC) and Environment Maine (EM), with over 900 signatures, advocated for rule changes that would ban all aerial spraying in Maine, would phase out organophosphate pesticides (OPs), and would repeal the $20 charge to be on the BPC's pesticide notification registry. [Click For More]

4/3/06
Something very strange is happening in a small but highly polluted Canadian community. Young boys are becoming hard to find on the Chippewa Indian reservation in the gritty town of Sarnia, in Ontario's "Chemical Valley". Research shows that the number of boys being born to the community has been dropping precipitously for the past 13 years, while the proportion of baby girls has risen. [Click For More]

3/31/06
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Michigan-based Leitz Tooling Systems for failing to protect workers from chemical and safety hazards at the company's Muscle Shoals service center. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $48,650. [Click For More]

3/30/06
The Environmental Protection Agency has asked for documents that could lead it to investigate the chromium industry for withholding from the government a key study supporting a stricter standard for the potentially deadly metal. [Click For More]

3/29/06
WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the beginning of a statewide local emphasis program in Kansas aimed at reducing the frequency of work-related silicosis resulting from employee exposure to crystalline silica. High silica exposures have been found at counter top fabrication facilities as well as other businesses performing similar tasks on stone products, e.g., making tombstones. [Click For More]

3/28/06
Delaware -- Indian River Power Plant, owned by NRG Energy, was once again listed as the dirtiest facility in the state. This plant, built in 1956, released 14,000 pounds of ammonia to the air; 61,005 pounds of chromium compounds to air, water and land; 3,600,000 pounds of hydrochloric acid to the air; 130,000 pounds of sulfuric acid to the air; 25,879 pounds of lead compounds to the air and land; and 241 pounds of mercury compounds to the air and land during 2004. [Click for More]

3/27/06
Altoona, PA -- Friends, family and co-workers are mourning 50-year-old Lee Henninger, who died after he was exposed to a chemical earlier in the day. Friday morning, Henninger was at work at the Tyrone Albemarle Corp. chemical plant when thiophosphoryl chloride, used to make a fertilizer additive, splashed him in the face, underneath his safety glasses, hard hat and face shield. [Click For More]

3/24/06
ELGIN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations against U.S. Bricks Inc., doing business as Hanson Bricks in Elgin, Texas, for alleged violations of safety and health standards including failure to train employees in the use of hazardous chemicals and identifying respiratory hazards. Proposed penalties total $55,000. [Click For More]

3/23/06
CONCORD, N.H. -- Franklin Nonferrous Foundry Inc., Franklin, N.H., faces a total of $120,200 in proposed fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to protect workers from a variety of health hazards including lead overexposures. [Click For More]

3/22/06
Toronto, Canada – Millions of people still use PVC wrap when cooking food in microwaves or storing meats and cheeses in the refrigerator, but there are dangers in using PVC food wrap because of the toxins contained in the popular plastic. When PVC (polyvinyl chloride), is manufactured or subjected to high heat, the chlorine in it can chemically combine with organic materials, producing deadly byproducts known as dioxins. [Click For More]

3/21/06
Regulators are increasingly focusing on protecting workers from exposure to methylene diphenyl isocyanate, or MDI, a key ingredient in the tough and popular spray-on truck bed liners. [Click For More]

3/20/06
WASHINGTON - In a sharp rebuke to the Bush Administration, a federal advisory committee on children's health warns that the EPA's recommended cleanup level for a rocket fuel chemical fails to protect children, fetuses and mothers. The warning comes as Massachusetts, pointedly rejecting the EPA guidelines, is setting the nation's first enforceable safety standards for the chemical - 12 times more stringent than the federal cleanup level. [Click For More]

3/17/06
Environmental Protection Agency studies indicate human exposure to indoor air pollutants and volatile organic gasses, often produced by cleaning supplies, can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Although not much is known about the effects of organic gasses usually found in homes, according to the EPA’s Web site, many organic compounds are known to potentially cause cancer in both humans and animals among other lesser problems. [Click For More]

3/16/06
HARVEY, La. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations against Ashton Marine LLC in Harvey for alleged violations of safety and health standards including failure to develop and implement a hazardous communication program. The agency proposed penalties totaling $48,000. [Click For More]

3/15/06
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United Steelworkers (USW) said today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must go further to stop DuPont (NYSE:DD) and other manufacturers from exposing the public to the controversial, Teflon-related chemical PFOA, especially in light of EPA's acknowledgement in a proposed rule in last week's Federal Register that the "EPA can no longer conclude that these polymers will not present an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment." [Click For More]

3/14/06
California faces costly health and environmental problems that will put it at a disadvantage in the global economy unless it regulates the use of toxic chemicals, according to a report being released today to the state Legislature. The report, by University of California, Berkeley researchers, is the first in the nation to recommend a state framework for "green chemistry" — policies designed to motivate industry to reduce toxic chemicals in manufacturing. [Click For More]

3/13/06
New York -- Babies born to women living near the World Trade Center who were pregnant on 9/11 suffered more genetic damage than other city infants - and could be at higher risk for cancer later in life. About half the babies born to 329 nonsmoking women living close to Ground Zero had DNA with significant levels of combustion-related toxins, which have the potential to damage development and increase risk of cancer. [Click For More]

3/10/06
PITTSFIELD, MA — All of the city's pediatricians have signed a letter to Mayor James M. Ruberto urging the community to speak out against two PCB dumps that sit next to an elementary school. The dumps — known as Hill 78 and Building 71 — were included in the PCB cleanup settlement finalized in 2000. They are being filled with contaminated soil and sediment taken from General Electric's dormant transformer plant and the Housatonic River. [Click For More]

3/9/06
PITTSBURGH -- A Johnstown, Pa., company's failure to adequately protect workers against lead exposure has resulted in a proposed penalty of $114,750 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Citations against Shaw Steeple Jacks allege five willful, seven serious and four other-than-serious violations of OSHA's lead standard. [Click For More]

3/8/06
OLATHE, Kan. -- W.S.I. Industrial Services Inc. and Homrich Inc. have been cited for alleged failure to protect workers from lead exposure on a demolition project in Olathe. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed penalties of $212,500 against W.S.I. and $169,200 against Homrich. [Click For More]

3/7/06
WASHINGTON -- Following a published report that the Bush Administration is holding up a study that shows most Americans carry a toxic rocket fuel chemical in their bodies at levels close to federal safety limits, Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling for the immediate release of the study so EPA and state agencies can take steps to protect the public. [Click For More]

3/6/06
Sunnyside, NY -- Dozens of people were being treated for exposure to unknown fumes at a printing company in the Sunnyside section of Queens. The victims were being treated outside the business at 30-02 48th Avenue. The 150,000 square foot warehouse building houses a printing company and other businesses. [Click For More]

3/2/06
READING, England -- Underarm antiperspirants may contribute to the risk of breast cancer because they contain aluminum salts with metal ions that mimic the effect of estrogen. [Click For More]

3/1/06
Washington – U.S. regulators and experts who specialize in nanotechnology (science on the scale of single atoms and molecules) have launched an effort they say will help minimize environmental and health risks that could be associated with such processes and products. The initiative – a series of meetings on “green” nanotechnology – is led by Barbara Karn, manager of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) nanotechnology research program. [Click For More]

2/28/06
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will publish a final standard for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium in the Feb. 28, 2006, Federal Register. The standard covers occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in general industry, construction and shipyards. [Click For More]

2/27/06
MINNEAPOLIS - High levels of an industrial chemical have been found in fish taken from the Mississippi River near a 3M plant, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Blood samples taken from fish in the river near the Cottage Grove plant showed high levels of PFOS, a chemical manufactured at the plant until 2002 and used in stain-resistant treatments for carpets, fabrics and paper products. Some chemical concentrations were 10 times higher than had been reported anywhere for fish or wildlife. [Click For More]

2/24/06
WASHINGTON -- Worried about stricter regulations, the chromium industry withheld key data from the government involving the health risks of workers exposed to the carcinogenic metal, according to a study released yesterday. The paper by George Washington University and Public Citizen, published in Environmental Health, found the industry submitted incomplete data last year on the links between hexavalent chromium and lung cancer. [Click For More]

2/23/06
Most of the toxicology studies of inhaled nanoparticles have focused on its harmful effects on the lung. However, nasal toxicity of nanoparticles has not been previously examined. "This study was the first to show that inhaled nanoparticless of any sort can cause nasal pathology such as rhinitis, epithelial cell injury, and remodeling of the nasal mucous membranes that may compromise its function for smell and for defending the lung from harmful airborne agents," Harkema said. [Click For More]

2/22/06
Tennessee -- Twenty-two State Farm employees were sent to the hospital and 1,500 sent home early Tuesday when mysterious illnesses prompted a hazardous materials evacuation. The sick employees were transported to the emergency room at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, after complaining of nosebleeds, headaches, general dizziness or some combination of those symptoms. [Click For More]

2/21/06
Fourteen years ago, as chemicals gobbled up the Earth's ozone layer, an international treaty ordered a phaseout of a popular pesticide for strawberries and other high-value crops. Now, U.S. officials are poised to replace it with a new pesticide — one that is highly toxic and has been declared a cancer-causing chemical by the state of California. [Click For More]

2/20/06
Picture two steaks on a grocer's shelf, each hermetically sealed in clear plastic wrap. One is bright pink, rimmed with a crescent of pearly white fat. The other is brown, its fat the color of a smoker's teeth. Which do you reach for? The meat industry knows the answer, which is why it has quietly begun to spike meat packages with carbon monoxide. [Click For More]

2/17/06
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited McWane Cast Iron Pipe for 38 safety and health hazards including exposing workers to silica and dust above permissible levels at the company's Birmingham plant. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $332,700. [Click For More]

2/16/06
CINCINNATI -- A Denver, Colorado federal jury awarded $553 Million to property owners living near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant for property damage and exposure to plutonium contamination. The verdict was rendered against Rockwell International Corp. (NYSE: ROK) and Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) , who had operated the plant for the federal government. [Click For More]

2/15/06
US food safety authorities have re-opened an investigation closed 15 years ago into soft drinks contaminated with cancer-causing chemical benzene, following evidence the industry has failed to sort out the problem. [Click For More]

2/14/06
OTTAWA, CANADA -- There is a belief among firefighters that since the large-scale inclusion of plastics and polyvinyl chloride in the construction of buildings and automobiles, the smoke from fires is more dangerous. [Click For More]

2/13/06
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Residents who live near the Citizens Gas & Coke Utility plant on the city's east side could have higher odds of developing cancer because of long-term exposure to benzene, according to a state report. The study, by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, found chemical emissions raised the cancer risk around Indianapolis Public School 21, which is near the plant. [Click For More]

2/10/06
MISSION, TX — The Environmental Protection Agency will have done its job if it can remove all material at the old Hayes-Sammons chemical plant exceeding state standards for toxic chemical contamination, the official in charge of EPA clean-up efforts at the former pesticide manufacturing plant said Thursday. [Click For More]

2/9/06
SACRAMENTO, CA - Senate President pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) announced Tuesday he will introduce legislation to measure chemical contamination in members of the general public and make the information available to public health planners. Perata noted that his Healthy Families Biomonitoring Program would, along with infrastructure, be a top legislative priority this year. [Click For more}

2/8/06
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lone Star Bakery Inc. in San Antonio for failing to adequately protect employees from breathing a toxic substance. Proposed penalties total $78,300. [Click For More]

2/7/06
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted OSHA's request for more time to publish a final rule for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium. The new deadline for publication is February 28, 2006. [Click For More]

2/6/06
BINGHAMTON, NY — The fire itself was underwhelming. It produced more smoke than heat, and it was extinguished in minutes after Binghamton firefighters responded. But the February 1981 fire in the State Office Building hatched an environmental disaster that would influence national policy on PCBs and lead to alarming discoveries about human dioxin exposure. [Click For More]

2/3/06
ENDICOTT, NY — State policy-makers determining guidelines for acceptable human exposure to TCE didn't factor in studies that link the chemical with testicular cancer and lymphoma in animals, and other significant findings, according to a state Assembly report issued Thursday. The result, according to advocates, is a lax policy that is blind to the consequences of trichloroethylene (TCE) exposure in places like Endicott, where elevated rates of testicular cancer have been documented in residents. [Click For More]

2/2/06
Splashing around in the local indoor paddling pool is all part of childhood, but it could be contributing to the world-wide asthma epidemic, research suggests. The research has found frequent swimming in indoor chlorinated pools as a child can cause asthma later. Children under two years were particularly at risk because their lungs were still developing. [Click For More]

2/1/06
Florida -- Dust puffs up like flour from Sarno landfill as trucks dump arsenic-laden boards from old docks, decks and fences. As the wood decays, the poisonous and cancer-causing chemical element seeps into the groundwater because only sand and clay separates the dump from the Floridan aquifer. A stricter federal limit on arsenic in drinking water -- in effect this month -- should guard against future cancer risk. [Click For More]

1/31/06
In wake of a high-profile study on air pollution in cars, Volvo and Hyundai move toward elimination of dangerous chemicals. Mercedes, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru urged to reduce highest levels of toxic chemicals used to make interior auto parts. [Click For More]

1/30/06
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a global stewardship program that calls for voluntary withdrawal of use of toxic compound perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is the key ingredient used to manufacture Teflon or fluoropolymers, which are used in the manufacture of a wide range of non-stick and stain-resistant surfaces and products. [Click For More]

1/19/06
A first-of-its-kind study revealed new information about toxic chemical exposure in automobile interiors. PBDEs (used as fire retardants) and phthalates (used primarily to soften PVC plastics) were found in large quantities in dust and windshield film samples. Drivers and passengers are exposed through breathing and contact with dust. These chemicals have been linked to asthma, reproductive impacts, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births and cancer in laboratory animals, among other serious health problems. [Click For More]

1/18/06
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report shows no hazardous waste or chemical spills at or near eight Mississippi Gulf Coast plants in the path of Hurricane Katrina. EPA investigators took soil and sediment samples around the eight sites and compared the amounts of chemicals in those samples to known levels before the storm. They also compared the results to guidelines developed for lifelong exposure deemed by officials to be safe for people. [Click For More]

1/17/06
LONDON - Exposure to pesticides in the womb or as a child can double the risk of developing acute leukemia. They discovered that children born to women who used insecticides in the home while pregnant and after the birth were nearly twice as likely as other youngsters to develop leukemia. [Click For More]

1/16/06
Daytona Beach Commissioner Rick Shiver said what everyone in Volusia County is probably thinking. The deaths of lead mechanic Eric Johnson and maintenance worker Clyde Jones in an explosion at the city's Bethune Point wastewater-treatment plant constitute one of the worst tragedies to hit the city. City officials know what caused the explosion. Sparks from a cutting torch being used to repair the roof above a chemical tank ignited methanol fumes seeping from a vent. [Click For More]

1/13/06
PITTSBURGH -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations, with proposed penalties totaling $186,750, to Horsehead Corp., Monaca, Pa. for alleged safety and health violations including failure to protect employees from excessive lead and cadmium exposure. The company was also cited for 14 other-than-serious violations, with a penalty of $12,600, for failing to maintain required records of employee exposures to lead and cadmium. [Click For More]

1/12/06
NEW YORK - While infertility may be caused by a number of factors, new study findings suggest that exposure to nonpersistent, or short-lasting, insecticides may play a role in male infertility. Environmental exposure to chlorpyrifos or its metabolite (TCPY) may be associated with reduced levels of circulating testosterone in adult men. {Click For More]

1/11/06
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Sloss Industries for exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its coke oven operations facility in Birmingham including exposing employees to health hazards by failing to conduct respiratory evaluations, sampling and personnel monitoring. OSHA is proposing penalties totaling $91,500. [Click For More]

1/10/06
China -- Local authorities in China's Hunan province halted production at 32 chemical companies after a toxic spill from the nation's biggest zinc smelter polluted a tributary of the Yangtze River. Hengyang city closed all plants that produce or use cadmium and arsenic to minimize the threat of further pollution and may shut more, the Hunan environmental protection bureau said in a statement posted on its Web site yesterday. [Click For More]

1/9/06
MOUNT VERNON, OH -- Dozens of workers who were sickened with respiratory illnesses at an automotive brake plant remain out of work nearly five years after what federal occupational-health officials have called the largest outbreak of its type. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April 2002 found that the illnesses likely were tied to a bacteria contained in chemicals used to cool metals. [Click For More]

1/6/06
SCHENECTADY, NY -- Monsanto Co. is facing a lawsuit by 590 employees of General Electric Co. in Schenectady who say they were harmed by exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in Monsanto chemicals that GE used and disposed of. The product liability suit seeks $1 billion in punitive and $1 billion in actual damages. [Click For More]

1/5/06
Chicago, IL -- Gov. Blagojevich will propose today that coal-fired power plants be ordered to cut mercury emissions 90 percent over the next three years. That represents a victory for health and environmental groups, who have been demanding such a reduction since May 2004. [Click For More]

1/4/06
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An Akron, N.Y., heating contractor's alleged failure to protect employees against asbestos hazards has resulted in a total of $90,500 in fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). NOCO Energy Corp. was cited for 18 serious violations of OSHA standards governing work with, or around, asbestos and the proper selection and use of respirators [Click For More]

1/3/06
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $114,450 in fines against Waukesha Iron & Metal Inc., a scrap metal and recycling operation in Waukesha, Wis., for 27 serious violations including lack of personal protective equipment, training issues, and numerous violations of the cadmium, lead and hazard communications standards. [Click For More]


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