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  • Preventing chemical spills

    Most spills are preventable. The following are some tips that could help to prevent or minimize the magnitude of a spill: Place chemical containers being used in a hood or lab bench area that reduces the possibility of accidentally knocking over a container. Keep all unused reagents in thier appropriate storage area and keep your work area clean of needles equipment and clutter. ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Homeowners Warned of Formaldehyde Exposure Following Chemical Spill

    Last month, residents of North Bay in Ontario were warned of potential formaldehyde dangers in their home.  This resulted following a tanker truck crash that spilled its cargo of formaldehyde into the lake that provides drinking water for many area residents.  The truck driver died during the accident and investigators are working to determine if his death was caused by the accident or ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 2nd chemical entered water in West Virgina spill

    A second chemical was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, state officials said Wednesday, though the newly identified substance appears to be less toxic than the coal-cleaning agent already known to have leaked. State officials sharply criticized the company at the center of the Jan. 9 spill for ...


    By Associated Press

  • Indictments in West Virginia chemical spill case

    Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell and two others with failing to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Company president in chemical spill facing charges

    The top executive charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water lied about his role with the company to protect his personal wealth of nearly $8 million from lawsuits, according to an FBI affidavit. In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few ...


    By Associated Press

  • AmWater agrees to $126m chemical spill settlement

    American Water has settled a class action lawsuit over the 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston, WV for $126 million – an amount which effectively equals the investor-owned utility’s annual revenues for West Virginia in 2015 ($129 million). CEO Susan Story explained on a conference call earlier today that the settlement will remove uncertainty surrounding the risks and ...

  • NTP Findings Consistent with Actions Taken During Chemical Spill

    The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has completed a series of short-term toxicity studies it conducted over the past year to evaluate chemicals spilled into the Elk River in 2014. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) noted the scientific studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program indicate West Virginia took appropriate public health measures during the ...

  • Bankruptcy judge approves chemical spill company`s plan

    More than $2 million will be distributed to residents and businesses affected by a 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia under a liquidation plan approved by a bankruptcy judge. Freedom Industries' plan also will provide $1.4 million to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and environmental firms for continued cleanup work. Freedom's parent, Chemstream Holdings, is adding $1.1 ...


    By Associated Press

  • AWWA, AMWA send joint letter to Senate committee looking at chemical spills

    AWWA and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies have sent a letter to the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife on how EPA and states can help water systems better prepare for emergencies such as the recent chemical spill in West Virginia. Among the key points ...

  • Chemical Spill Causes West Virginia Governor to Declare State of Emergency

    A chemical spill in the Elk River has contaminated over 200,000 water systems in the central and south western regions of West Virginia. Emergency rooms of the Charleston Area Medical Center have been redundantly busy with concerned individuals showing no symptoms. The restriction of water use has also affected the hospital, where alternative water cleaning ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Court: Chemical Safety Board can investigate offshore spills

    In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate the causes of offshore oil spills. The board has been looking into the catastrophic blowout of a BP PLC well five years ago in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill. The ruling - ...


    By Associated Press

  • West Virginia government declares emergency after chemical spill

    At least 100,000 customers in nine West Virginia counties were told not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes using their tap water because of a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston, with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declaring a state of emergency Thursday for all those areas. The chemical, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation ...


    By Associated Press

  • West Virginia Chemical Spill Spotlights Weak Safeguards for Nation’s Water Systems

    The massive Elk River contamination in West Virginia last month highlighted a serious public health threat that requires systematic new safeguards in order to prevent similar accidents around the country, Erik Olson, senior strategic director for health & food at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told a congressional subcommittee today. The January incident, which tainted the drinking ...

  • Coal Ash Spill

    (CNN) -- The coal ash poured out of a broken pipe into the Dan River, turning water into dark muck. It took nearly a week to stem the spill, which sent millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant into a river that supplies drinking water to communities in North Carolina and neighboring Virginia. Workers stopped the ...


    By RCBC Global Inc

  • Frack water spill in blowout

    Chesapeake Energy said it replaced a damaged wellhead and gained control of a Pennsylvania natural gas well which last week suffered a blowout. Thousands of gallons of contaminated frack water spilled from a natural gas well near Canton, a home was destroyed and two residents were injured. The contaminated water got into a nearby stream before crews could stop the leak. Seven families were ...

  • 21st Mining Safety Must Address Spill Risk And Spill Safety

    According to miningsafety.co.za “Mining operations generate hazardous waste, transport and store petroleum products and other hazardous materials, and by law mining companies are required to prepare spill control and cleanup procedures and plans.” This means that mining sites must by law go through the same preparation procedures that other sites that may face a fuel or ...

  • Soaking up oil spills with nanowires

    Oil spills and other industrial chemical leaks can cause havoc in ecosystems, killing marine and aquatic wildlife and polluting drinking water supplies. New research has developed a way of cleaning up spills using a super-absorbent material, which selectively draws up oil and other organic pollutants, leaving clean water behind. Current methods for cleaning up oil spills have limitations. Many ...

  • EPA reminds businesses to report spills

    As business and industry officials return to their facilities in the wake of Hurricane Ike, the EPA reminds them to report spills to the National Response Center. The Center is integral to these facilities' long-established procedures in response to natural disasters like hurricanes. The Center serves as the sole point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, and biological ...

  • Workers cleaning chemical spill at Portage, Wisconsin, plastics plant lacked training, personal protective equipment

    Workers cleaning a chemical spill at Penda Corp. in Portage had not been trained in proper cleanup procedures or provided proper personal protective equipment, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA found that workers experienced symptoms of overexposure to an ...

  • Leading Chemical Manufacturer Expands Biobased Offering through Unique Distribution of Proven Green Spill Absorbent

     Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Sorbent Green, LLC, makers of GreenSorb®, an environmentally friendly absorbent that makes the management and disposal of fluid spills ...


    By RSC Bio Solutions

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