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Firefighters battle a blaze and search for victims of an explosion at the BP plant that killed at least 15 people Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Texas City, Texas. (Photo by Brett Coomer/Chronicle)     HOUCHRON CAPTION (09/17/2005) SECNEWS:  GRIM SCENE:  Fire crews battle a blaze and search for victims of the March 23 explosion that killed 15 people at the BP refinery in Texas City. Federal fines are expected soon in connection with the deadly blast.
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As it faces elimination in Trump’s budget, here’s what the Chemical Safety Board does

AUSTIN, TX — “Better than most people, Katherine Rodriguez knows the value of the Chemical Safety Board, and the danger that workers, families, and communities could face if President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate its minuscule $11 million annual budget is approved by Congress. She watched her father, Ray Gonzalez, […]

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Forewarned: Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters

Sometimes, we listen. Often, we don’t. TOLEDO — “Lake Erie was an American environmental success story. Once on the verge of biological death from sewage, industrial pollutants and oxygen-depriving algae, the lake bounced back in the 1970s and ’80s, as tougher environmental laws took hold in the U.S. and Canada. […]

Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania. (Credit: Kelly Malony, USGS)
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Fracking fluid is leaking more often that we thought

HARLAN, IA — “Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed spill data and behavior across four states—Colorado, New […]

Since 2012, first Dupont and now Chemours have used the replacement chemical GenX at plantsin the United States and elsewhere to make non-stick Teflon and other products. This plant is in Wilmington, Delaware. (Credit: Wilmington News Journal/USA Today Network)
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Replacement chemical for C8 being studied amid similar health concerns

COLUMBUS — “Scientists and activists who fought DuPont to stop the use of C8 sense deja vu with the spinoff company, Chemours, and GenX, a chemical that replaced C8. European officials announced that they will begin an intensive investigation of the compound next month. Since 2012, DuPont, and now Chemours, […]

Devon Energy of Oklahoma since 2011 had secretly played a major role in drafting comment letters sent by Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma to President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the then-E.P.A. Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, among others — letters that ask for actions that could help increase or protect the company’s profits.
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The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. chief was arm in arm with industry

WASHINGTON, DC — “During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch to roll back environmental regulations, […]

An aerial view Feb. 17, 2017, shows industry along the Calumet River in Chicago, including the S.H. Bell storage facility, in foreground at lower left, along the east side of the river. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Petcoke piles gone, but another dangerous pollutant discovered in the air

CHICAGO — “Dusty mounds of petroleum coke are gone from Chicago, but federal and city officials discovered a potentially more dangerous type of pollution while investigating the black piles that once towered above the East Side neighborhood. Air monitors posted around two storage terminals on the Calumet River during 2014 […]

The DuPont name appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Credit: AP file photo
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Dupont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases

COLUMBUS — “DuPont Co. said this morning that a $670.7 million ‘global settlement’ had been reached to resolve thousands of lawsuits from Mid-Ohio Valley residents who say they were made sick by exposure to the chemical C8 from the company’s Parkersburg manufacturing plant. In a press release, DuPont said the […]

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese
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After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese

CHICAGO, IL — “They thought it was over when the black dust went away. For decades, residents on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side complained about thick clouds of black dust blowing across their neighborhoods, through their windows and even into their mouths. The dust came from uncovered piles of coal and petroleum coke, […]

Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency
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Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency

WASHINGTON, DC — “The former officials said Pruitt “has gone to disturbing lengths to advance the views and interests of business” — a reference to his close ties to the fossil fuel industry, with which he often has sided in his cases against the EPA. ‘By contrast, there is little or […]

Ohio Citizen Action and 172 other groups oppose EPA Administrator nominee
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Ohio Citizen Action and 172 other groups oppose EPA Administrator nominee

WASHINGTON, DC — “Over 170 environmental, health, and public interest groups sent a letter to the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works committee opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Scott Pruitt has actively worked against the mission of the agency he has been […]