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Industrial Disasters

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  • Time to make chemical storage safety a top national priority

    Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, I always knew that neighbors and family members seemed to get sick more often than they should. It wasn't until I left and came back that I realized with fresh eyes just how dire our slow crisis was and that my...
  • Coal industry fuels Republican in N.C. Senate race

    WASHINGTON Money from coal companies has been fueling North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis' race to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., including $21,100 from the nation's largest privately owned coal company. The contributions came from the...
  • DOT wants to eliminate older, unsafe rail cars carrying crude oil

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phaseout of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Transportation Secretary...
  • Norfolk Southern sues to block disclosure of crude oil shipments

    WASHINGTON A major hauler of crude oil by rail has sued the state of Maryland to stop the public release of information about the shipments, according to court documents. The suit was filed Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Department of Transportation...
  • US is urged to prepare better for catastrophic nuclear accidents

    WASHINGTON America's nuclear power industry needs to do a better job of planning for rare but catastrophic events such as the Fukushima disaster in Japan, according to a panel of scientists asked by Congress to make recommendations for nuclear safety....
  • New York to push Congress on response to oil train fires

    WASHINGTON New York state fire officials are pressing Congress for $100 million in emergency funding to pay for a nationwide training program for firefighters to address the new scale of risk presented by trains carrying millions of gallons of flammable...
  • Amtrak provides crude oil train details states had withheld

    WASHINGTON Two loaded and two empty crude oil trains operate daily over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor in Maryland and Delaware, according a document submitted by the passenger railroad in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Last month,...
  • One year ago, Blue Rhino propane-tank explosion lit up sky

    One year ago, Blue Rhino propane-tank explosion lit up sky
    TAVARES — "Blue Rhino" became part of the lexicon locally a year ago tonight when an explosion at the propane-tank plant shattered a quiet night. A sensational fireball lit up the sky after the accident, which occurred just before 11 p.m., and...
  • Clean water is good for Maryland business [Commentary]

    Clean water is good for Maryland business [Commentary]
    The new Waters of the U.S. rule is designed to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects a variety of important waters, including seasonal and rain-dependent streams, as well as wetlands near rivers and streams. Getting it implemented will depend on...
  • Staying on track

    The North American energy boom has helped the United States reduce its reliance on foreign markets and become a net oil exporter for the first time since 1995. But it has come at a risk: Trains carrying crude are crashing at an alarming rate, creating...
  • U.S. seeks new rules on rail transport of crude oil

    U.S. seeks new rules on rail transport of crude oil
    Five years after a fiery derailment near Rockford left one woman dead and barely one year after another rail crash in Quebec killed 47, the U.S. Department of Transportation acted Wednesday to curtail use of the type of railroad tank car blamed in those...