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Hazardous Materials

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  • Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules

    Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules
    Warning that a crude-oil train derailment in the densely populated Chicago area could result in "unthinkable" devastation, city and suburban officials are calling for stricter rules on hazardous material shipments than the federal government has proposed....
  • Brown criticized for veto of bill to reform toxic substances agency

    Brown criticized for veto of bill to reform toxic substances agency
    Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of a bill to reform the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is drawing indignation from community groups and state legislators who had pressed for broad changes at the troubled agency. Legislators said they were...
  • Fumes sicken 29 employees at Jurupa Valley trucking firm

    Twenty-nine employees of a Jurupa Valley trucking company were overcome Friday evening by fumes of an unknown substance, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.   Hazardous materials crews responded to reports of a noxious odor in a trailer...
  • Restaurants skip required nutrition info; officials choose not to care

    Restaurants skip required nutrition info; officials choose not to care
    Only five years ago, California enacted a pioneering law that required restaurants to put nutritional information on menus. For the first time, consumers were empowered to make informed decisions about what they ate. So it seems crazy that it's even a...
  • Director of state toxics agency to step down

    The head of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is resigning after three years leading the long troubled department. Debbie Raphael, who took over as director of the state agency in 2011, grappled publicly with reforming a department...
  • NTSB head: Oil tanker rail 'safety has been compromised'

    NTSB head: Oil tanker rail 'safety has been compromised'
    The recent spate of accidents in the U.S. and Canada involving trains carrying crude oil demonstrates that “far too often, safety has been compromised,” the head of the top U.S. transportation safety agency said today. The amount of crude...
  • Environmental health specialists do battle against pollution, other hazards

    By Erinn Hutkin Program director of environmental health at Illinois State University, George Byrns calls the field a "discovery major." Many students don't even know it exists, then stumble upon it and end up switching to this intriguing field....
  • Clermont hosting upcoming household hazardous waste disposal event

    There’s the sturdy trash container, and then homes also have those recycling container. But what happens if you need to dispose of more toxic items – from swimming pool chemicals to car batteries and used motor oil – that are not...
  • Truth will hurt you if state must divulge radioactivity data

    David Allard, director of the state Bureau of Radiation Protection, came down from the Mount of Olives declaring that, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall not set you free, but shall result in a demonstrable risk of physical harm to you"...
  • Albertsons to pay $3.4 million to settle illegal disposal case

    Albertsons to pay $3.4 million to settle illegal disposal case
    The Albertsons company was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $3 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the grocery chain of illegal disposal, transportation, storage and mismanagement of hazardous waste at its 188 California locations.  The company...
  • Lake Sheriff's Office bringing mobile hazard unit to Clermont

    Lake Sheriff's Office bringing mobile hazard unit to Clermont
    Residents of Clermont, and the rest of Lake County, will have an opportunity next week to dispose of items that can’t be put out in their regular trash pickup, or their recycling bins. The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in partnership with the...