| Jan 23, 2015
| 9:21 AM
New safety regulations allow upholstered furniture to be made without flame retardants, but consumers may find it difficult to tell whether a retailer's new couches and chairs are free of the toxic, ineffective chemicals.
A handful of industry leaders...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments in Colorado and...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 1:52 PM
Lehigh Valley-based chemical company Avantor Performance Materials plans to close a European plant and scale back operations at a U.S. facility, a move that could affect operations at its manufacturing plant in Phillipsburg.
Avantor will close its...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 3:29 PM
Chemical plants, coal mines, power plants, steel mills and oil refineries, and even the maple syrup industry must disclose their releases of hazardous pollutants on the federal Toxic Release Inventory.
But the rapidly expanding natural gas-drilling...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Taizhou Fuling Plastics' headquarters is in one of southeastern China's most important industrial zones.
The coastal city of Wenling, with a population of more than 1.4 million, is part of Zhejiang Province, a rising player in China's economic...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
There are many factors behind the rising rate of obesity, such as the increased intake of highly processed foods and lower physical activity. But scientists also are exploring less obvious connections, such as stress, sleep deprivation, and even the...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:05 PM
A chemical leak at a Houston-area industrial site left four people dead and a fifth hospitalized early Saturday, according to DuPont.
An unknown quantity of methyl mercaptan, which DuPont says is used to odorize natural gas, leaked into the facility...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 12:36 PM
It is 2 a.m. and that cough and stuffy nose you have been battling is still keeping you up. You reach for the nighttime cold relief medicine only to find it expired a few months ago. If you take a dose to ease your symptoms, will you be putting yourself...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Rachel Carson's three lyrical books on the sea made her an acclaimed author, but 1962's "Silent Spring" — the title conjuring a world without birdsong — made her a heroine. Her clear passages describing DDT and chemical contaminants'...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Ukrainian armed forces have never used prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs in their fight against pro-Russia separatists, a military spokesman insisted Tuesday after a rights group reported that it had documented a dozen instances in which the...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 2:21 PM
Metro Chicago saw a 10.7 percent rise in the value of goods exported last year, to $44.9 billion, inching up one slot to place No. 6 nationwide, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report released Tuesday.
The top five metros areas: Houston, New...