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MESCALERO, N.M. -- OSHA has cited Maloy Construction Inc., a general construction company, and Deerfield Corp., a plumbing and construction company, both based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 17 safety violations for asbestos exposure at a hospital construction site in Mescalero. OSHA cited Maloy Construction, proposing $75,600 in fines, for one alleged willful and four alleged serious violations. OSHA cited Deerfield, with $81,900 in proposed fines, for three alleged willful and nine alleged serious violations of its asbestos standards. [Click For More]

WORCESTER, MA -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency has given Clark University a $677,499 Science to Achieve Results research grant to do work that could lead to standards to protect pregnant women from chemical exposures. Scientists will look at the connection between measured chemical exposures and biomarkers, which are indicators such as lead levels in blood. [Click For More]

WA -- The Department of Energy plans to withhold $500,000 from CH2M Hill Hanford Group's pay over the July spill of about 85 gallons of high-level radioactive waste from a Hanford tank. The waste was spilled when a pump plugged up as workers were finishing a 12-hour shift emptying high-level radioactive waste from Tank S-102, built in the 1940s, into a sturdier double-shell underground tank. The waste is left from the past production of plutonium at Hanford for the nation's nuclear weapons program. [Click For More]

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) Inc. and a regional medical association have been accused of being responsible for birth defects in an Austin, Texas, youth born with a missing lower right arm and lifelong cognitive deficits. The lawsuit alleges the mother was wrongfully exposed to birth defect-causing hazardous chemicals during her pregnancy and that AMD knowingly failed to protect its workers from hazardous chemicals. [Click For More]

XIANGSHUI, CHINA -- Seven people were confirmed dead in a chemical plant blast on Tuesday in east China's Jiangsu Province, according to local authorities. The blast occurred at 10:11 a.m. on Tuesday when three groups of workers were working in the dyestuff workshop of Jiangsu United Chemistry and Technology Co. Three workers were killed on the spot, and four more died later in hospital. One more was still missing, while some 50 were injured. [Click For More]

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's environmental watchdog and the Jilin local government jointly conducted a computer simulation of a river pollution emergency on Monday. Using a geographic information system (GIS), an explosion was simulated at a chemical plant in Jiutia City of Jilin Province and ten tons of pollutants spilled into the Songhua River in an apparent bid to right the wrongs of a real-life incident two years ago. [Click For More]

Parents have had to absorb a lot of bad news about toys in what has become known as "the year of the recall." Toy companies have been forced to recall millions of toys, mostly made in China, because they contained harmful levels of lead paint or loose magnets that posed a choking hazard to young children. The issue took a bizarre turn two weeks ago when 4 million craft kits for children, called Aqua Dots, were recalled from stores because their colorful beads were found to be coated with a toxic chemical that metabolizes into the "date rape drug." [Click For More]

ATLANTA -- OSHA has proposed $219,800 in penalties against Tires Into Recycled Energy & Supplies Inc., Jackson, Ga., for willful, serious and other violations of federal workplace safety standards including failing to reduce accumulations of combustible dust on equipment and in the facility and not developing a hazard communication program. [Click For More]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Kennedy Valve, a division of McWane Inc., faces a total of $68,000 in proposed fines from OSHA for safety and health hazards at its Elmira, N.Y., manufacturing plant including uncovered containers of flammable liquids, unbonded and ungrounded containers of flammable liquids, and lack of personal protective equipment for employees working with caustics. [Click For More]

LOS ANGELES: A jury awarded $3.3 million (€2.28 million) to six workers who claimed they were left sterile by a pesticide used at a banana plantation in Nicaragua operated by Dole Fresh Fruit Co. [Click For More]

SUNSET HILLS, Mo. -- OSHA has cited C&A Metal Finishing Co. for one alleged willful and 14 alleged serious violations of federal health and safety standards following a fatal accident at the company's facility in Sunset Hills. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $108,150 for violations that include employee overexposure to the maximum peak and ceiling levels established for trichloroethylene and not using engineering and or administrative controls to protect employees from overexposure. [Click For More]

Popcorn Workers Lung victims involved in a class action lawsuit got some good news from a New York appeals court yesterday. The court ruled that if the former Missouri popcorn plant workers successfully prove their claims that diacetyl exposure caused them to develop Popcorn Workers Lung, each should receive a minimum $50,000 deductible payment from International Flavors and Fragrances, the company that supplied the toxic chemical to the plant. [Click For More]

Americans could be excused for assuming that lead poisoning went away long ago. The government banned lead paint in 1978, and oil companies began phasing out leaded gasoline in 1975. But three decades later, hundreds of thousands of children - most of under age 6 - show signs of lead exposure. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that one in four children live in housing with deteriorated lead paint. [Click For More]

Many of the substances to which humans are being exposed are relatively new to the environment, i.e., the products of a sophisticated industrial development. As a result humans are exposed to volatile organic compounds not previously present in our environment in significant amounts” and the effects of these VOC’s on the human body has not been thoroughly studied. [Click For More]

Chances are, you've done it. Tossed a battery in the trash, maybe a half-full can of hairspray. What's the harm, right? But certain combinations of such items, considered household hazardous waste, can be dangerous, even deadly. A chlorine pool tablet, for example, with no exposure to heat but some contact with brake fluid, can spontaneously combust. [Click For More]

Los Angeles, CA -- It's still unclear as to what exactly led to the death of 46-year-old Alton Washington. What we do know is that the Gulf Services Industrial contract worker was operating a vacuum truck at ConocoPhillips when he was exposed to hazardous chemicals. [Click For More]

Almost 90 Canadian communities have experienced a shift in the normal 51:49 ratio of male to female births, so that more girls than boys are being born, according to two studies in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology. James Argo, who headed the research, attributes this so-called "inverted sex ratio" of the residents in those communities to dioxin air pollutants from oil refineries, paper mills, metal smelters and other sources. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- OSHA today issued a new safety and health instruction that details OSHA policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces that handle combustible dusts and that may have the potential for a dust explosion. Combustible dusts are often either organic or metal dusts that are finely ground into very small particles, fibers, chips, and/or flakes. These dusts can come from metal, wood, plastic and organic materials such as grain, flour, sugar, paper, soap and dried blood. Dusts can also come from textile materials. Some of the industries in which combustible dusts are particularly prevalent include agriculture, chemical, textile, forest and the furniture industry. [Click For More]

URBANA, Ohio -- Officials said a 15-year-old boy found a baby jar full of mercury and opened it, spilling the chemical on his hands. They said the teen then walked through the house, spreading the mercury around. Investigators said the house has been condemned. [Click For More]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, -- With a new baby or toddler in the family, most parents babyproof their homes, putting locks on the cabinets and bumpers on the tables. But what about the dangers we can't see-the environmental toxins that can affect our children's health, growth and development? To help guard against these dangers, there's Healthy Child Healthy World, the nation's leading non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children's environmental health. [Click For More]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OSHA has cited Mid-South Steel Inc. of Cape Girardeau, Mo., for three alleged willful, 10 serious and one other-than-serious violation of federal health and safety standards including no air monitoring and exposure to toluene exceeding the ceiling and peak limits, following a programmed inspection at the facility. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $148,500. [Click For More]

ROCKLAND, ME -- Clean Air for Rockland, a citizen group claiming diesel emissions from Maine Eastern Railroad locomotives are creating health problems in the city, has announced test results indicating high levels of formaldehyde in the neighborhood along the tracks. [Click For More]

COLORADO -- Robison-Prezioso Inc. was fined $145,000 by California's Department of Toxic Substances Control in 2006 for unauthorized disposal and transportation of hazardous paint waste during its lead-abatement project on the bridge. The contractor whose five workers died in the Xcel plant fire in Georgetown, Colo., has been cited at least 43 times by state and federal safety regulators in the past decade, including in the deaths of a worker and a passer-by on San Francisco's Bay Bridge. [Click For More]

WINFIELD, WV - A Charleston attorney has filed more than 70 cancer lawsuits against Monsanto and related companies over its old plant in Nitro. [Click For More]

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $112,000 in fines against Elliot Construction Co. Inc., Glen Ellyn, Ill., for alleged willful violations of federal workplace health standards following a workplace incident that led to the hospitalization of four employees suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. [Click For More]

Between 1957 and 1987, as many as one million people living and working at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were exposed to dangerous chemicals through the base's water wells. The U.S. Senate approved a measure last week to require that military officials notify all Marines, their families and civilian employees who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the 30-year period of chemical exposure. [Click For More]

Nevada -- Authorities are saying that as many as 120 people have now been treated at the South Lyon Medical Center in Yerington for exposure to the agricultural chemical chloropicrin, an ingredient once used in World War I nerve gases, according to the Mason Valley Fire Protection District. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- OSHA announced that it is taking the following three actions that will address concerns regarding diacetyl exposure in the workplace: Initiating a rulemaking under section 6(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act; Issuing a Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB); Providing Hazard Communication Guidance. These actions build upon the National Emphasis Program that OSHA announced in April 2007 to focus on the health hazards of microwave popcorn butter flavoring containing diacetyl. [Click For More]

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $115,200 in fines against Ruzic Construction Co. Inc., Neillsville, for alleged multiple willful, serious and repeat violations of federal workplace health standards, primarily for employee overexposure to lead. [Click For More]

Oil titan BP has arrived at a settlement in the trial filed against it with respect to the Texas City refinery explosion that occurred in March 2005. The accident, which killed 15 people and injured 170, occurred after a piece of equipment called a blowdown drum overfilled with highly flammable liquid hydrocarbons exploded. [Click For More]

A U.S. appeals court reinstated yesterday a conspiracy charge against Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. and six former executives in a case involving residents of a Montana town who suffered serious health problems after being exposed to asbestos from a former Grace mine. [Click For More]

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. -- OSHA has cited Vira Manufacturing Inc. for multiple alleged safety and health violations including the lack of a sufficient hazard communication program, various hazards associated with the use of methylene chloride, a deficient respirator program, and lack of required medical evaluations and training. OSHA has proposed a total of $121,600 in penalties. [Click For More]

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Colt Defense LLC and Colt's Manufacturing LLC face a total of $223,000 in proposed fines from OSHA. The military and commercial firearms manufacturers were cited for 50 alleged violations of safety and health standards including exposing employees to lead, lack of controls to reduce those exposures, storage areas not kept free of accumulated materials posing an explosion hazard, and improper disposal of cloths contaminated with combustible liquids. [Click For More]

How often after a fire or response do you hear firefighters complain of headaches, dizziness or achiness? These symptoms are pretty typical after a long, strenuous physical activity, dehydration or lack of sleep. Recent research indicates, however, that these symptoms could indicate cyanide poisoning, which occurs in firefighters more often than recognized. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a Request for Information seeking input from the public to determine what action, if any, the Agency should take to further address emergency response and preparedness. The Request for Information was published in today’s Federal Register and OSHA is accepting comments from the public until Dec. 10, 2007. [Click For More]

Massachusetts -- Five burn injuries from a boat fire on the Charles River appear to have been caused by sodium, said Jake Wark, spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Local media sources reported that the substance may have come from a sodium drop, a traditional MIT activity in which sodium is thrown into the Charles River so that students can watch its violent reaction with water. [Click For More]

Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the first set of Hazard Characterizations on 101 High Production Volume (HPV) chemicals. These characterizations are based on EPA’s scientific review of the screening-level hazard, or toxicity, data that was submitted by the U.S. chemical industry through EPA’s HPV Challenge Program or other information previously collected by the agency. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in the Aug. 31 Federal Register that it will hold an informal public hearing regarding OSHA's plan to update its personal protective equipment (PPE) design standards. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2007, at the Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C. [Click For More]

Kansas -- A company operating an interstate pipeline carrying ammonia pleaded guilty today to criminal charges of discharging 200,000 gallons into a creek near Kingman. Mid-America Pipeline Co. LLC pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities about the magnitude of the leak, delaying response and killing 25,000 fish. The company agreed to pay a $1 million criminal penalty. [Click For More]

HealthDay News -- A key chemical ingredient in the buttery flavoring of microwave popcorn has been identified as a likely culprit in "popcorn lung," a lung disease that afflicts people who work in the microwave popcorn manufacturing industry, Dutch researchers report. Publishing in the September issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the team said that the chemical diacetyl may be responsible for more cases of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), otherwise known as "popcorn lung," at a diacetyl factory. [Click For More]

Federal lawmakers are demanding the Army reveal everything it knows about where it dumped chemical weapons into the world's oceans, as well as provide proof the munitions won't leak and cause an environmental catastrophe. [Click For More]

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its first ever report highlighting children’s special susceptibility to harmful chemical exposures at different periods of their growth. "Principles for Evaluating Health Risks in Children Associated with Exposure to Chemicals" is the most comprehensive work yet undertaken on the scientific principles to be considered in assessing health risks in children. It highlights the fact that in children, the stage in their development when exposure occurs may be just as important as the magnitude of the exposure. [Click For More]

While air quality in the United States has improved over the last three decades, one-third of the U.S. population - more than 99 million Americans - still lives in areas with unsafe levels of ozone, according to the American Lung Association. Ozone exposure can harm even the healthiest lungs, but children, teenagers, the elderly, and people with lung disease are most vulnerable to the health effects of ozone exposure, which can trigger asthma attacks and even cause premature death. [Click For More]

CHICAGO -- OSHA has proposed $227,500 in fines against Dallas-based American Airlines Inc. in Chicago for alleged multiple willful, serious, repeat and other-than-serious violations of federal workplace health standards including a lack of warning signs or labels on previously identified asbestos-containing materials and failing to inform employees of the presence of hazardous chemicals and labeling many of those chemicals. [Click For More]

After serving in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago the Tucson soldier was called back to active duty in Iraq. While there, he awoke one morning with a sore throat. Eighteen months later, Army Sgt. James Lauderdale was dead, of a bizarrely aggressive cancer rarely seen by the doctors who tried to treat it. As a result, his stunned and heartbroken family has joined growing ranks of sickened and dying Iraq war vets and their families who believe exposures to toxic poisons in the war zone are behind their illnesses — mostly cancers, striking the young, taking them down with alarming speed. [Click For More]

California -- Home Depot USA Inc., the nation's largest home improvement chain and the second-largest retailer, will pay approximately $10 million to settle a civil case for its failure to properly, responsibly and legally handle dangerous chemicals. [Click For More]

LUBBOCK, Texas — A natural gas producer is suing another company that works the vast West Texas natural gas fields, alleging its practice of injecting a flammable and toxic gas into the earth is contaminating wells, endangering people and threatening the region's water supply. [Click For More]

High amounts of formaldehyde have been found in trailers used by copper miners and their families living in Morenci in eastern Arizona. The chemical comes from glue used in the making of pressed-fiber products such as plywood, carpet, wall paneling and furniture found inside trailers. Phelps Dodge has responded to concerned workers by telling them to keep their windows open, run fans, or find someplace else to live. [Click For More]

CONCORD, N.H. -- Boston Felt Co. Inc. of Rochester, N.H., has been cited for 66 alleged willful, serious and other-than-serious violations of health and safety standards by OSHA. The felt products manufacturer faces $134,900 in proposed fines fo violations including inadequate or incomplete safeguards for employees working in areas where asbestos or potentially asbestos-containing materials were present. [Click For More]

A mysterious epidemic of thyroid disease among pet cats in the United States may be linked to exposure to dust shed from flame retardants in household carpeting, furniture, fabrics and pet food. Humans may also be at risk, although more research is needed to determine if there is a link. [Click For More]

Virginia -- A 150-gallon spray rig that a worker was filling at Blacksburg Country Club overflowed, spilling a mix of chemicals and water onto a concrete pad near the club's maintenance building. The workers hosed the pad down. Later that day someone downstream noticed dead fish in the North Fork of the Roanoke River. The next morning, the Department of Environmental Quality sent people to walk the riverbanks. They followed the trail of dead fish that led to the country club. [Click For More]

Baby bibs imported from China and sold at Toys 'R' Us stores in the United States contain high levels of lead, reports said Wednesday. According to tests conducted for the Center for Environmental Health, a public interest group, and the New York Times, the vinyl bibs contain up to three times the amount of lead allowed in paint. [Click For More]

California -- A white, 36-foot-long Bluebird bus carrying federal scientists and something called a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer will be used to monitor the planned fumigation of an Oxnard, California hospital this week if officials of St. John's Regional Medical Center receive state approval in time to begin fumigating with chlorine dioxide Friday. [Click for More]

BRADENTON, FL -- Family members of a Donzi Marine worker who died after inhaling toxic fumes in the cabin of a yacht are suing the boat maker, saying the company failed to provide a safe working environment. The attorney for the family said Donzi knew "Permagrip 105" contained methylene chloride. The chemical is "virtually certain to cause death or serious bodily injury" when inhaled, according to the lawsuit. [Click For More]

LOS ANGELES -- Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and Standard Fruit Co., now a part of Dole, are accused in a lawsuit of negligence and fraudulent concealment while using the pesticide known as DBCP in the 1970s. The plaintiffs, a dozen former banana workers in Honduras, claim the pesticide made them sterile. [Click For More]

CONCORD, N.H. -- Inadequate and incomplete safeguards against ammonia releases at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hanover, N.H., Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory have resulted in the issuance of four willful Notices of Unsafe and Unhealthful Working Conditions by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). [Click For More]

BRAINTREE, Mass. -- OSHA has proposed an additional $39,200 in fines against a North Attleboro, Mass., stone fabricator for allegedly failing to correct health and safety hazards cited in a previous OSHA inspection including lack of respiratory protection and hazard communication programs for employees exposed to silica and other hazardous substances. [Click For More]

Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal Thursday to strengthen the nation's air quality standard for ground-level ozone. The EPA recommended an ozone standard within a range of 0.070 to 0.075 parts per million, as well as soliciting comments on alternative standards within a range from 0.060 ppm up to the level of the current 8-hour ozone standard, of 0.08 ppm. [Click For More]

NEW YORK: The International Safety Equipment Association has designed a new performance standard for classification and performance requirements for chemical protective clothing. The ANSI/ISEA 103-200x standard is designed to help users select the appropriate protective apparel for a variety of chemical hazards, providing minimum performance classifications and labeling requirements. [Click For More]

HealthDay News -- Nurses, printers and woodworkers are more likely than the average population to develop work-related asthma, according to a European research team that is calling for more monitoring of workers' exposure to chemicals that could cause the illness. [Click For More]

The spectacular fire and explosions that launched flaming gas cylinders high over Dallas on Wednesday have touched off a federal investigation and raised concerns about the safety of the city's industrial plants. [Click for More]

SAN FRANCISCO - Dozens of common household cleaning products contain hidden toxic chemicals linked to fertility disorders in lab animals, according to data gathered by a women's research group. A type of glycol ether is frequently found in popular cleaning products such as Windex Aerosol, Formula 409, Lemon Fresh Pine-Sol and Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner, says the report released Tuesday. [Click For More]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OSHA has cited the Chemcentral Corp. chemical distribution facility in Kansas City for two alleged willful and four alleged serious violations including improper storage and handling of liquids and failure to train employees on the physical hazards of liquids, following a fire and multiple explosions at the plant. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $126,500. [Click For More]

ATLANTA -- OSHA has proposed penalties of $155,000 against Kings Delight for 13 safety and eight health violations found at its Braselton, Ga., production facility. Inspectors visited the poultry processor as part of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program. Violations included the company's failure to provide emergency eye wash and shower stations for employees handling corrosive materials, incorrect use of respirators, and allowing employees to be exposed to particulates above the maximum level specified by regulation. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- OSHA has announced that they are accepting public comments on the review of its Methylene Chloride (MC) Standard 29 CFR §1910.1052 (62 FR 1494). In 1997, OSHA promulgated the Standard to protect employees from occupational exposure to MC. The notice asks the public to suggest how the Standard's applicability or requirements could be changed or tailored to reduce the burden on employers while maintaining employee protection. OSHA is accepting comments until Oct. 9, 2007. [Click For More]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OSHA has cited Tyson Foods Inc. in Noel, Mo., for serious, willful, repeat and other-than-serious violations of safety and health standards including storage of incompatible chemicals; not providing a distinctive alarm for an ammonia release; containers of hazardous chemicals lacking labels displaying appropriate chemical identities and hazard warnings; and not providing effective hazard communication training.. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $339,500. [Click For More]

QUNICY, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $220,620 in fines against Quincy Castings Inc. for alleged multiple willful, serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety and health standards including failure to have adequate engineering controls for overexposures to crystalline silica. [Click For More]

A Wall Lake, Iowa, man has settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount with the makers of a butter flavoring used in microwave popcorn. John Weimer Jr. and his wife, Marion, had sued International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., of New York, for negligence, claiming he suffered lung damage after being exposed to diacetyl, a chemical linked to a respiratory disease commonly called popcorn packers' lung, while he worked as a manager at the Snappy Popcorn Company plant in Breda, Iowa. [Click For More]

LOS ANGELES -- The pesticide was designed to kill worms infesting the roots of banana trees on Latin American plantations. But at least 5,000 agricultural workers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama have filed five lawsuits in this country claiming they were left sterile after being exposed in the 1970s to the pesticide known as DBCP. [Click For More]

BRAINTREE, Mass. -- OSHA has cited Michael Bianco Inc. for 15 alleged serious violations of workplace health and safety standards including employees not being provided information and training on the hazardous chemicals with which they work and the company's hazard communication program lacked information and data sheets about those chemicals. OSHA has proposed a total of $45,000 in fines against the New Bedford, Mass., leather goods manufacturer. [Click For More]

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit today in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) refusal to reduce cancer risks in Collegeville and throughout the nation resulting from the use of highly toxic industrial solvents, including perchloroethylene (perc) and trichloroethylene (TCE). [Click For More]

It could be called the “suicide gas”: each year thousands of people deliberately inhale it, usually in the exhaust fumes of their own cars. But carbon monoxide (chemical symbol CO) has also caused more accidental deaths than any other poison in history – not just because it’s deadly, but because it slips under the radar of the human senses: you can’t see, smell or taste it, and it doesn’t irritate the skin or mucous membranes. By the time you notice symptoms of poisoning, it’s sometimes too late. [Click For More]

Washington -- U.S. Senator Schumer Wednesday said that despite efforts at the state and federal level to clean up the toxic contaminant TCE, many contaminated sites carrying the carcinogen continue to pose a threat to residents throughout upstate New York. TCE is a popular degreasing solvent used to clean metal, but it can also cause cancer, kidney and lung damage, nervous system defects, abnormal heartbeat, and birth defects. [Click For More]

Creosote lawsuit settled for $17M -- For the first time this week, officials of the chemical company Tronox announced that they paid $17 million to settle the lawsuit filed against them by Hattiesburg Public School District and several businesses. [Click For More]

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- OSHA has cited Williamsport Steel Container Co. Inc. of Williamsport, Pa., for alleged safety and health violations including improper storage of flammable and combustible liquids, and is proposing $43,000 in penalties. The company, which has 38 employees, manufactures steel drums used for the storage of flammable, combustible and corrosive liquids or hazardous waste. [Click For More]

A Kentucky man filed suit against 11 defendants alleging his exposure to benzene and butadiene caused pancreatic cancer. He claims that during the course of his employment he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed benzene and butadiene which was designed, manufactured, sold or distributed by the 11 defendants that include BP Amoco, Chevron, Continental Tire, Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips. [Click For More]

A year after the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER) Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush, Democratic lawmakers are pushing a new bill in an effort to further reform mine safety and health. [Click For More]

Safety officials are warning about the risk of a potentially deadly release of chlorine gas unless the government requires equipment for transporting it. A safety bulletin from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board recommends that sites where rail cars unload chlorine have automatic shut-off valves and other devices that can stop the flow of gas in an emergency. [Click For More]

Most paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that give paint its consistency and evaporate as the paint dries. Short-term health effects include eye irritation, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health problems such as damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. [Click For More]

DA NANG, Vietnam -- More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew. A scientific study has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Da Nang. “They’re the highest levels I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Thomas Boivin, who conducted the tests this spring. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Teamsters Union applauds the introduction of legislation by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) that will compel OSHA to take immediate action to protect food processing workers from exposure to diacetyl, a chemical that has been linked to a form of irreversible lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. [Click For More]

Lake Charles, LA -- Concern over formaldehyde emissions in travel trailers issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to gain national attention - and politicians are not the only ones calling for immediate change. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its official interpretation and explanation of the phrase "on site in one location" in the "Application" section of OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard. [Click For More]

METHUEN, Mass. -- OSHA has cited C.A.I. Inc. and Arnel Co. for a combined total of 23 alleged serious violations of workplace health and safety standards. The citations address alleged violations of OSHA standards governing the storage, transfer and use of flammable liquids and, in C.A.I.'s case, the safe management of processes utilizing more than 10,000 pounds of flammable liquids. [Click For More]

OAKLAND, CA — Previous assumptions about the health risks of one of the world's most widely used flame retardants are wrong, scientists say, with new data suggesting the compound is both more toxic and widespread in humans and wildlife than thought. The chemical, known as "Deca," is a close cousin to PCBs and the bigger brother of two flame retardants already banned in Europe and several states, including California. [Click For More]

METHUEN, Mass. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited C.A.I. Inc. and Arnel Co. for a combined total of 23 alleged serious violations of workplace health and safety standards in connection with the Nov. 22, 2006, explosion that destroyed the companies' Danvers, Mass., manufacturing facilities. [Click For More]

10 Common Household Products that can Hurt or Kill a Child or Pet. Don't take chances when it comes to your child or pet's safety, (such as dog, cat, or ferret), warns Debra Holtzman J.D, M.A, an internationally acclaimed safety and health expert. [Click For More]

BINGHAMTON, NY -- Pure chlorine gas released from the Binghamton Water Filtration Plant on Monday afternoon caused the temporary evacuation of homes in a South Side neighborhood. [Click For More]

When Marvin Motes bought his Keystone Cougar RV in March 2006, he envisioned a lifetime of healthy vacations exploring the natural beauty of America. What he didn't imagine was that his $29,000 camper would poison him. [Click For More]

BEIJING -- A Chinese city has halted construction of a chemical plant after residents sent more than 1 million mobile phone text messages protesting possible pollution dangers. The $1.4 billion facility being built by Tenglong Aromatic PX (Xiamen) Co. Ltd to produce the petrochemical paraxylene was planned for the booming southeastern port of Xiamen. [Click For More]

CALHOUN CITY, Miss. — A jury has awarded more than $9.4 million in damages to four workers at Franklin Corp.’s upholstery plant who claimed they were exposed to dangerous levels of a toxic chemical while working on a glue line. The workers testified they repeatedly complained to senior management about nausea, dizziness and a variety of other medical problems they believed were caused by exposure to an adhesive that was sprayed on foam cushioning. [Click For More]

Few of us give much thought to the air we breathe when we fly on a passenger jet aircraft. For about 50 years one of the technologies that has made international jet travel possible is the bleed air pressurisation — which draws hot air out of the engine, cools it down, and then ducts it into the plane cabin and cockpit. What many flight crew have known for decades is that on occasion these bleed air systems can be contaminated with oil that leaks into the cabin air from the engines. The jet oil most commonly used in commercial aviation contains a number of nasties — including an organophosphate called tricresyl phosphate (TCP), which is a known neurotoxin. [Click For More]

In a strongly worded declaration, many of the world's leading environmental scientists warned Thursday that exposure to common chemicals makes babies more likely to develop an array of health problems later in life, including diabetes, attention deficit disorders, prostate cancer, fertility problems, thyroid disorders and even obesity. [Click For More]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers have voted down a bill that could have further cracked down on formaldehyde emissions from engineered wood products. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted April 26 to impose tighter rules on formaldehyde vapors coming from plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard. [Click For More]

California -- Assembly Bill 706 will ban the use of two classes of toxic fire retardants— brominated and chlorinated fire retardants—in upholstered furniture and bedding products such as pillows, comforters and mattresses. [Click For More]

A new survey of childhood lead poisoning in 15 Chinese cities reveals that in Beijing, 7 percent of children under the age of six have lead levels in their blood that exceed the national standard. The three-year study blames rising auto emissions for the trend and notes that children who live near heavily trafficked main roads or in a lower-level apartments are more likely to have high blood lead levels. Among other effects, lead poisoning can lead to serious developmental problems in areas such as intelligence, speaking, learning, and memorization. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- OSHA today signed an agreement with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), Public Citizen Health Research Group (HRG) and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (Steelworkers). This agreement settles NAM and SSINA’s challenge to OSHA’s hexavalent chromium standard (NAM et al. v. OSHA, 3d Cir Docket Nos. 06-2272 and consolidated cases). [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced that its 2007 Site-Specific Targeting (SST) plan will focus on approximately 4,150 high-hazard worksites in its primary list for unannounced comprehensive inspections for the coming year. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON — El Paso Natural Gas Co. is lending support to a new Navajo effort to force federal cleanup of one of the Cold War's last major toxic legacies. El Paso filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court against the Department of Energy and other federal agencies, seeking cleanup of debris from an old uranium processing mill that the company operated. [Click For More]

GUIYANG,(Xinhua) China -- Three workers died and 23 others were hospitalized following a toxic gas leak at a chemical plant in southwest China's Guizhou Province between May 4 and 10, local authorities confirmed on Wednesday. At least 26 workers were exposed to a serious release of arsinegas. [Click for More]

BRAINTREE, Mass. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Carlos Seafood Inc., a New Bedford, Mass., seafood processor, for allegedly failing to protect its employees against carbon monoxide and confined space hazards. The enforcement action follows an OSHA inspection prompted by the November 2006 death of an employee who was fatally overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while using a gasoline-powered pressure washer to clean the inside of a water tank in a fishing boat docked at Leonard's Wharf in New Bedford. [Click For More]

More than 200 chemicals - many found in urban air and everyday consumer products - cause breast cancer in animal tests, according to a compilation of scientific reports published today. Writing in a publication of the American Cancer Society, researchers concluded that reducing exposure to the compounds could prevent many women from developing the disease. The research team analyzed a growing body of evidence that linked environmental contaminants to breast cancer, the leading killer of U.S. women in their late 30s to early 50s. [Click For More]

Minneapolis, MN -- State officials couldn't explain how fish in Lake Calhoun became contaminated with a 3M chemical, but they told about 75 people at an informational meeting in south Minneapolis on Thursday evening that more than a dozen other lakes in the metro area also will be tested for similar problems. [Click For More]

Texas -- Pinned between a scaffold and the flare line he was told to demolish, a Port Neches man had no choice but to swallow his circumstance and the hazardous chemicals that sprayed from the ruptured line. Christopher Burnette is suing the Afton Chemical Additives Corp. and Huntsman Petrochemical Corp. for giving him a green light to demolish the supposed empty line when in fact it was still chocked full of lingering chemicals. [Click For More]

A study at Anderson Laboratories in Vermont concluded that fragrance chemicals caused a variety of acute toxicities in mice after an hour long exposure to breathing five commercial colognes. The researchers discovered "the emissions of these fragrance products caused various combinations of sensory irritation, pulmonary irritation, decreases in expiratory airflow velocity, as well as alterations of the functional observational battery indicative of neurotoxicity." [Click For More]

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- A common chemical found in plastic ducks, teething rings and other soft, chewable baby toys would be banned in California under a bill before an Assembly committee this week. Legislation by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, would require that all toys or child care products sold for children under 3 be free of six types of phthalates, a chemical used to soften and smooth plastics. [Click For More]

Environmental Protection Agency officials are balking at plans to set a national cleanup standard for perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel additive that abounds in the nation's drinking-water supply - including the San Gabriel Valley's. The EPA already has a guideline of 24.5 parts per billion as a recommended safe dose for perchlorate, but it has yet to set any mandatory limit for the chemical in drinking water. California is considering setting the limit at six parts per billion, a standard currently being used by many state water agencies. [Click For More]

NEW YORK -- A Queens, N.Y., residential complex's failure to protect its employees against asbestos hazards has resulted in a total of $117,000 in proposed fines from OSHA. Parkway Village Equities Corp., 81-26 150th St., was cited for nine alleged violations of health and safety standards following an OSHA inspection in response to a complaint. [Click For More]

Adults are exposed to toxic chemicals in food packing, textiles and carpets every day, and now scientists have found the chemicals even in newborns. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested nearly 300 umbilical cord blood samples and found that 99 percent of the newborns came into contact with the manmade chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate in the womb. [Click For More]

Scientists report that chemicals used in the computer industry are more toxic than previously realized. Consequently, this made it difficult for the medical community to link illnesses with workplace exposures historically. Industrial hygienists now know better, but the dirty little secret is that federal standards designed to protect workers from exposure use outdated guidelines set back in the 1960s and '70s. [Click For More]

GENEVA - At least 200,000 people die every year from cancers related to their workplaces, mainly from inhaling asbestos fibers and second-hand tobacco smoke, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced that it is initiating a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to address the hazards and control measures associated with working in the microwave popcorn industry where butter flavorings containing diacetyl are used. [Click for More]

SEWARD, Ill. — An ammonia leak at an agriculture plant sent a noxious white cloud wafting over this small northern Illinois town, sickening at least 10 people and forcing residents to evacuate. A mandatory evacuation had been issued for the town's less than 1,000 residents, who were told to go to one of two high schools in the nearby villages of Pecatonica and Winnebago. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- Evidence that pesticides can cause Parkinson's disease is stronger than it has ever been after a meeting of experts who have put together links in animals and people, scientists say. One study shows that farm workers who used the common weedkiller paraquat had two to three times the normal risk of Parkinson's, a degenerative brain disease that eventually paralyzes patients. [Click For More]

Baltimore officials closed a city park yesterday that is used regularly by children's sports teams, after tests showed arsenic levels more than 100 times higher than is considered safe. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON -- OSHA signed an agreement April 6, 2007, with the Building Construction Trades Department (BCTD), AFL-CIO, Laborers’ International Union of North America, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, to settle their challenge to OSHA’s hexavalent chromium standard. As a result of the settlement, OSHA will issue a new document which provides specific enforcement procedures for compliance officers to follow at all construction sites where employees are working with portland cement. [Click for More]

Ethanol is widely touted as an eco-friendly, clean-burning fuel. But if every vehicle in the United States ran on fuel made primarily from ethanol instead of pure gasoline, the number of respiratory-related deaths and hospitalizations would likely increase, according to a new study by Stanford University. [Click For More]

BISMARCK, N.D. - Thieves suspected of stealing liquid fertilizer to make methamphetamine left open a storage tank valve that released a dangerous plume of ammonia gas and caused an apartment complex to evacuate. [Click For More]

Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado, Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio, Mayor Josephus Eggelletion of Broward County Florida, Governor Jim Gibbons of Nevada, and Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington are among the first governors and mayors to proclaim the month of May 2007 as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness and Education Month. [Click For More]

It is a question posed by a new study that has found the proportion of boys born in the past three decades has unexpectedly dropped in both the United States and Japan. Although the researchers do not know why boys are taking a hit, they suspect contributing causes could include widespread exposure to hormone-mimicking pollutants by women during pregnancy and by men before they help conceive children. [Click For More]

Benzene is a colorless sweet-smelling chemical that is known to cause leukemia and other cancers of the blood and blood-forming organs. Benzene is a component of gasoline, automobile exhaust, and cigarette smoke. It is also used as a solvent in waxes, glues, resins, paints, paint thinners, and some craft and art supplies. A person can drastically reduce their exposure to this harmful chemical by following these simple tips: [Click For More]

HASTINGS, Neb. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Premium Protein Products of Hastings for 37 alleged safety and health violations and proposed penalties totaling $180,900. One alleged willful health citation is for the employer’s failure to inspect and test the two anhydrous ammonia systems within the facility, and to correct deficiencies in the systems. [Click For More]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse-area asbestos abatement contractor faces $57,000 in proposed fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing employees to asbestos-related health hazards during an asbestos removal project at the Agway Building in Dewitt, N.Y. [Click For More]

Winston-Salem, NC -- Davidson County health officials found that nine samples of drinking water out of 56 samples collected at West Davidson High School had elevated levels of lead. But they still don’t know what’s causing the problem. Health officials have said that it is unlikely that anyone was exposed to enough lead to cause health problems. [Click For More]

In 2004, almost a quarter (24 percent) of all air and water releases of carcinogens occurred within just 20 U.S. counties. Four Texas counties—Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Jefferson—ranked in the top five counties for most carcinogenic emissions. Tennessee, Texas and Illinois accounted for more than 40 percent of the nation’s developmental toxicant releases and more than 70 percent of the reproductive toxicant releases in 2004. [Click For More]

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Conditions that exposed employees to potential fires, explosions and other hazards have resulted in OSHA issuing $142,550 in proposed fines to a Bristol, Conn., manufacturer of precision springs for violations including failure to control and clean combustible dust generated during the manufacturing process; open containers of flammable liquids; excess amounts of flammable liquids stored on the shop floor; flammable liquids sprayed within five feet of ignition sources; untested and uninspected ventilation systems; and ungrounded and unbonded containers of flammable and combustible liquids. [Click For More]

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Coreslab Structures (Conn) Inc., precast concrete products plant, faces $105,500 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations including improper storage of flammable chemicals and unlabeled containers of hazardous chemicals. [Click For More]

CHICAGO, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the fourth time in the past year, a Resurrection Health Care hospital has been cited for violations and fined by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The new citations, issued on March 23, stem from an October incident at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in which formaldehyde was spilled. [Click For More]

MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $120,000 in fines against the west Milwaukee, Wis., facility of Rexnord Industries LLC for alleged serious and repeat safety and health violations of federal workplace safety standards including lack of employee personal protective equipment during exposure to cutting fluids and lack of proper labeling on hazardous chemicals. [Click For More]

SWAMPSCOTT, MA -- Jared Richard and his friends thought it would be a fun experiment: Mix some chemicals in a plastic 2-liter bottle, shake it up, and watch the container explode. But the results backfired and almost left Richard blind. [Click For More]

Poughkeepsie, NY -- The family of an East Fishkill man who died of cancer in 2004 has filed a lawsuit against Hopewell Precision, Inc., claiming chemicals from the cabinet-making firm caused his illness by contaminating groundwater in the neighborhood. [Click For More]

Environmental contamination can cause cancer and birth defects. Of particular concern are a group of toxic chemicals called endocrine-disrupters, which interfere with reproductive hormones and may cause sterility. A new study, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that these chemicals can change reproductive behavior as well, and that these behavioral changes can be passed on from parents to offspring. If correct, these changes could alter the course of evolution by giving natural selection new targets to act on. [Click For More]

A new report from a U.S. environmental group suggests the "new car smell" long beloved by the purchasers of vehicles could be a sign of harmful chemicals inside the car. Much of the smell comes from plastics and materials used inside the car, from the steering wheel to the dashboard to the carpets — parts often made with chemicals including flame retardants, plasticizers and other chemicals that can give off gas or leach into the environment. [Click For More]

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has jointly cited Brey-Krause Manufacturing Co. and L.M. Smoyer Brass Products Inc. for alleged lead exposure violations, and is proposing a total of $109,250 in penalties. The Bethlehem companies manufacture bathroom fixtures and accessories as well as automotive accessories. [Click For More]

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Ross Valve Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of steel and brass valves, was cited by OSHA for a total of 40 alleged violations of health and safety standards including failure to conduct lead monitoring, provide protective clothing and follow basic lead hygiene procedures, silica dust overexposure and lack of controls, deficient selection, use and care of respirators, and failure to implement a hazard communication program and training. [Click For More]

Mexico has at least 432 dangerous toxic waste sites, a report by the Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI) revealed. Hidalgo and Guanajuato states are those that most intensively generate waste, while the IFAI report warns that prolonged exposure to toxic substances can cause cancer, genetic malformations, renal and hepatic damages. [Click For More]

HOUSTON, TX - The federal government's final report on the fatal 2005 explosion at BP PLC's Texas City refinery released Tuesday criticized a key U.S. worker-safety agency for lax oversight and reiterated claims that organizational and safety deficiencies at the British energy company led to the blast. [Click For More]

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three trucks rigged with chlorine and explosives blew up in the Sunni insurgent center of Anbar province killing at least 8 people and sickening hundreds. The chlorine attacks -- two near Fallujah and one near Ramadi -- left at least 350 people and seven U.S. soldiers ill from exposure to the chemical, the military said. [Click For More]

Tuscon, AZ -- Three people who were injured in an fiery crash near Picacho Peak Wednesday afternoon when they were pushed off the road by a tractor-trailer rig hauling sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid, according to a news release from the Department of Public Safety. The collision was enough to damage the trailer, causing it spill 1,500 gallons of the hazardous materials. [Click For More]

Science Daily — Exposure to phthalates, a common chemical found in everything from plastics to soaps, already has been connected to reproductive problems and now, for the first time, is linked to abdominal obesity and insulin resistance in adult males, according to a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The research adds to the growing suspicion that low-dose exposures to phthalates and other common chemicals may be reducing testosterone levels or function in men, and thereby contributing to rising obesity rates and an epidemic of related disorders, such as Type 2 diabetes. [Click For More]

Charleston, WV -- Residents in the communities where water is polluted with the toxic chemical C8 have elevated levels of several cancers, according to a previously confidential state government analysis. The study was drafted more than a year ago by the state Department of Health and Human Resources, but was never finalized or made public. [Click For More]

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A billion dollar class action suit has been filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court against five leading manufacturers of baby bottles. The suit has been filed on behalf of the babies of California, who may have been injured by drinking out of plastic bottles that contain the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A. [Click For More]

A group of 59 workers were poisoned by chlorine leak from a Shanghai chemical plant early today, the local government said. The workers were dismantling an impregnanting plant on Nanmatou Road of Pudong District when they were sickened by a spill of remnant chlorine from some old equipment. [Click For More]

Canada is a world leader when it comes to monitoring and limiting exposure to mercury. A national news report that aired February 19-20, 2007, reported that 8 out of 60 individual cans of albacore tuna sampled from the retail market exceeded the Government of Canada's guidelines for mercury. [Click For More]

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A North Collins, N.Y., manufacturer of consumer cleaning products faces a total of $272,900 in proposed fines from OSHA for a variety of alleged health and safety hazards following a hydrochloric acid spill. Crescent Marketing Inc., doing business as Crescent Manufacturing, was cited for a total of 39 alleged violations of health and safety standards and for failing to correct a hazard cited in a previous OSHA inspection. [Click For More]

KEARNY, N.J. -- OSHA has cited Radial International Corp., doing business as Radial Casting Corp., for alleged safety and health violations including failure to maintain surfaces free of accumulations of lead and implement a written hazard communication program, and is proposing penalties totaling $167,700. [Click For More]

CHAMPAIGN, IL -- Federal investigators are expected to release a long-awaited report today on a 2004 plastics plant explosion that killed five people. The explosion came after an inadvertent release of the highly flammable chemical polyvinyl chloride. The plant manufactured polyvinyl chloride used in PVC pipe and other materials for construction, medical supplies and automotive parts. [Click For More]

The safety of a chemical that's probably in your cell phone, eyeglass lenses, car, computer, baby bottles, microwaveable dishes — and hundreds of other popular products — will face public scrutiny today. The chemical bisphenol A is used to make lightweight clear plastics and resins used as adhesives and coatings in everyday products. [Click For More]

ST. PAUL, MN — State health authorities on Thursday lowered what they consider to be safe levels of long-term exposure to two chemicals once manufactured by 3M Co. and now found in groundwater east of St. Paul. The new guidelines apply to chemicals called PFOA and PFOS, both of which have been detected in south Washington County’s groundwater. [Click For More]

BROOKPORT, Ill. - Thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical spilled into the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky after a barge hit a lock wall, environmental officials said Wednesday. Up to 8,000 gallons of a petroleum-based substance called cumene poured into the water after the accident occurred between Brookport and Metropolis, Illinois. [Click For More]

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Independent experts convened by the National Institutes of Health will meet next week to review whether exposure to a chemical commonly found in plastic products like food containers and baby bottles causes health problems. Separately, an environmental group said new laboratory tests at the University of Missouri found that the chemical, bisphenol A, leached into liquids at potentially dangerous levels from baby bottles sold by five leading brands. [Click For More]

TORONTO - Armed with tests that suggest the body of every Canadian carries trace evidence of dangerous chemicals, Ontario's New Democrats are spearheading an effort that would help them learn exactly what carcinogens or toxins they are exposed to on a daily basis. Toxic chemicals are in many everyday products, from household cleaners and laundry detergents to hair dyes and cosmetics, said NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns, who is pushing for a new law that would compel manufacturers to disclose dangerous ingredients in their products. [Click For More]

Utah has a rigid standard for meth contamination — 0.1 micrograms per 100 square centimeters. That amounts to slicing a pea in 10 million pieces, and if one of those minute particles is found in an area roughly the size of a CD case, the premises would be considered contaminated. The current regulations were established with meth labs in mind, not meth use. Smoking the drug emits fewer toxins at lower levels than cooking it. [Click For More]

NEW HARTFORD, NY — A chemical spill at St. Luke's Healthcare's St. Luke's campus required the Utica Fire Department's hazardous materials team to be called in. At about 2 p.m., crews from Precision Industrial Maintenance were removing containers and punctured one, which caused the spill. Everyone in the building was evacuated to avoid exposure to fumes. [Click For More]

Reno NV -- State regulators are investigating the suspected discharge of a toxic solvent from five Truckee Meadows businesses, but officials say progress is being made in protecting groundwater from the chemical. The solvent, linked to several types of cancer and other health problems after extensive exposure, first started showing in Reno-Sparks groundwater in the 1980s. [Click For More]

United Kingdom -- More than 120,000 people will be killed by a lung cancer timebomb caused by exposure to asbestos in the 1960s and 70s, experts have revealed. Tens of thousands of workers and their families were given a shocking warning on Tuesday that they face a painful death from the untreatable condition. [Click For More]

Canada - Emergency officials still don't know what toxic material poured into the air in a massive explosion and fire at a hazardous waste processing station just south of Thorold. The Clean Harbors Canada Co. plant on Allanport Road in the hamlet of Allanburg was rocked by a series of explosions that began shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday. [Click For More]

DUMAS, Texas -- Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) Sunday made tangible progress toward repairing and recommissioning its McKee refinery in Sunray, Texas, but the area will remain "highly sensitive" for at least three more days, and returning units to normal may be a lengthy process. The fire that began burning Friday in the refinery's propane deasphalting unit was finally extinguished by Sunday morning, and some essential workers were allowed to return to the plant. [Click For More]

VICTORIA, CANADA -- Whether you're washing your hands or the kitchen countertops, it's best for your family's health and the environment to pass up antibacterial products in favour of plain soap and water, a University of Victoria researcher has found. [Click For More]

EPA Region 5 has recently settled four cases involving late notification of hazardous chemical releases. The facilities cited are located in Alsip, Chicago Heights and Dwight, Ill., and River Rouge, Mich. EPA also announced a new case, citing a Kansasville, Wis., company for late notification of a chemical release. [Click For More]

For 11 cities in San Bernardino County, the prospect of paying a surcharge for a chemical that did not originate in their areas just doesn’t seem right. It has become such a sore point that the cities have filed suit against the county for breach of contract, asking for a refund of all fees paid since March relating to perchlorate found at the landfill in Rialto. [Click For More]

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - It's probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses: By the time the bright, velvety flowers reach your Valentine, they will have been sprayed, rinsed and dipped in a battery of potentially lethal chemicals. [Click For More]

Phthalates are one of the top offenders in a group of 70 suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that we spray in our homes and yards and use in our makeup, nail polish, detergents, flame retardants, plastic bottles, metal food cans and even children's toys. When we're done with these products, we flush them down our sinks or burn them in our incinerators, where their runoff filters into our national waterways. It is impossible to avoid contamination; EDCs are in the bodies of every man, woman, child and fetus in the U.S. [Click For More]

The U.S. government has decided to grant 400,000 U.S. dollars to Vietnam for studying dioxin remediation options at Da Nang airport, U.S. Ambassador to the country Michael Marine announced Friday. "The U.S. government understands concerns of Vietnam's government and people about dioxin's impact on environment and human health," the ambassador said at a press conference on the grant announcement. [Click For More]

DuPont said yesterday it has developed new technologies that will allow the company to eliminate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from packaging by 2015, a move made due to consumers' health concerns about the chemical. [Click For More]

Low levels of toxic substances cause critical stem cells in the central nervous system to prematurely shut down. That is the conclusion of a study published today in the on-line journal PLoS Biology. This research, which is the first to identify a common molecular trigger for the effects of toxicant exposure, may give scientists new insights into damage caused by toxicant exposure and new methods of evaluating the safety of chemicals. [Click For More]

SAN FRANCISCO — Your ability to reproduce — and the health of your child and even your child's children — hinges on an exquisitely timed series of chemical reactions controlled by infinitesimally tiny amounts of hormones. You scramble those reactions at your peril, in other words, and last week hundreds of researchers gathered at the University of California, San Francisco, warned society may be doing exactly that with synthetic chemicals. [Click For More]

Workers' compensation claims by Toronto firefighters for job-related cancers have cost the city more than $5 million -- a price tag expected to increase dramatically in the years ahead. It's a new expense hitting all Ontario municipalities as policy makers and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) play catch-up with research that shows firefighters are more likely to get certain types of cancer than the general population. [Click For More]

TENNESSEE -- Humphreys County consistently has one of the highest rates of cancer in Tennessee. Dioxin and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) are some of the most toxic manufacturing by-products released into the environment. DuPont’s New Johnsonville facility is the 4th largest emitter of dioxin in the United States. DuPont also releases into the air, the Tennessee River and landfills many heavy metals and other chemicals, including arsenic, that can be toxic to human health. [Click For More]

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) has completed its investigation of an Aug, 3, 2006, fatal workplace accident at a chemical manufacturing company located at 411 Manufacturers Road in Dayton. The report cites Fuji Hunt Photographic Chemicals, Inc., with 13 serious citations, with proposed penalties totaling $91,000. [Click For More]

There are already more than 400 companies worldwide that tap nanoparticles and other forms of nanotechnology, and regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are closely examining whether new regulations are needed to guard against potentially harmful but currently unknown effects. [Click For More]

At a U.S. Senate hearing Jan. 18, the problem of highly hazardous chemical rail tankers in urban areas was listed as the Transportation Security Administration's second-biggest threat to surface transportation, after direct threats to passenger rail systems that travel beneath the ground or water. Nearly 1.2 million tankers carrying materials that are considered hazardous in varying degrees are shipped through the nation annually. Of those, more than 100,000 tankers contain toxic inhalation hazard chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia. [Click For More]

SACRAMENTO, CA (UPI) -- California is the first state to enact a gradual ban on a dry-cleaning solvent that has been linked to several cancers. The California Air Resources Board voted 9-0 to ban the purchase of new machines that use the chemical perchloroethylene, or perc, as of 2008. [Click For More]

During his 20-year career at the Blockson Chemical Plant near Joliet, IL, Tony Datri never encountered radiation-related safety procedures. Blockson Chemical issued no personal monitoring devices at its plant, although workers working on government weapons projects were exposed to uranium, a byproduct of phosphate production, said Datri, who lost a 12-inch section of his colon to cancer. [Click For More]

Conventional nail polishes dispensed at most drugstores and nail salons contain a veritable witch’s brew of chemicals, including toluene, which has been linked to a wide range of health issues, from simple headaches and eye, ear, nose and throat irritation to nervous system disorders and damage to the liver and kidneys. [Click For More]

Some Iraqi artists may have literally died for their art, suggests new analysis of stucco fragments from the 9th century. A fragment, taken from the ancient palace-city of Samarra, contains three arsenic-based pigments that are known to be poisonous and may cause cancer if people are exposed to them. [Click For More]

COLLEGEVILLE, PA -- Monitoring has found dangerously high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the air around Collegeville, state officials have announced. The chemical in question is tetrachloroethylene, better known as TCE, and it has been linked to having a "significant bearing on excess lifetime cancer risks," according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. [Click For More]

Bennington, Vt. - A neighborhood search for toxins including tetrachloroethene [also known as PCE or Perc] and trichloroethylene [TCE] is underway as a result of toxin discovery last year on the Energizer Battery Manufacturing Inc. property. [Click For More]

Looking at how the workplace can increase the risks of getting cancer is a new and emerging field that contains more questions than answers. Many work environments - no matter how seemingly innocuous - expose people to human carcinogens. Studies show higher incidence of breast cancer among women who work in offices, for instance. [Click For More]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A wide range of safety and health hazards at a Syracuse bakery has resulted in $120,600 in proposed fines from OSHA. Identified hazards included lack of personal protective equipment, chemical hazard communication, failing to provide medical exams and surveillance as well as respirator fit testing to members of the bakery's hazardous materials response team. [Click For More]

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. — Several train cars carrying flammable liquid derailed and exploded south of Louisville Tuesday, shutting down a nearby highway and forcing evacuations of nearby homes, businesses and a school. [Click For More]

Pittsburg, PA -- A Pittsburgh Tribune-Review probe of rail security across seven states published Sunday detailed ongoing failures with voluntary standards agreed to by the railroads and Homeland Security that already were supposed to guide anti-terrorism standards. [Click For More]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today the start of a local emphasis program in western Missouri aimed at reducing workplace health hazards inherent in the spray-on bedliner industry. [Click For More]

Russia - Exposure to a chemical substance on the cargo ship Odisk has left two crewmembers dead and eight with severe poisoning. Three, including one in a grave condition, are in intensive care. The ship transported about 2,000 tons of ferrosilicon manganese, a substance used in armoured steel production. [Click For More]

Des Plaines, IL — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has expressed concern over the recent lawsuit filed by industry groups challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) use of threshold limit values (TLVs) used to communicate the risk of exposure limits to chemical hazards through OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom). ASSE is concerned that if successful this suit could prevent workers from obtaining the best available information on chemical exposure limits from employers under the HazCom standard by preventing the inclusion of TLVs on material safety data sheets (MSDSs), a practice that has existed for 25 years. [Click For More]

POINT COMFORT, TX - A 37-year-old Alcoa employee died Tuesday in a Houston hospital after he inhaled hydrogen fluoride gas Tuesday afternoon while working in the chemical department at the Point Comfort plant. [Click For More]

CHICAGO - One of the nation's largest stockpiles of toxic mercury will remain locked up instead of oozing into the world market. After mulling a potential sale for several months, the U.S. Department of Energy confirmed Tuesday that it will keep nearly 1,300 tons of mercury in storage, increasing pressure on private companies to follow the same policy. [Click For More]

Alabama -- Tombigbee River swamps adjacent to the Ciba Corp. factory and Superfund site in McIntosh are still contaminated with DDT at levels dangerous to the environment, despite a cleanup effort by the company, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ciba will likely be required to clean up a far larger area of the widely contaminated 370-acre swamp than the small 12-acre plot the company dug up in the 1990s, according to federal officials. [Click For More]

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]


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