| Oct 1, 2014
| 7:10 PM
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....
| Oct 1, 2014
| 8:03 PM
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...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 10:38 PM
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...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 6:50 PM
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...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:07 PM
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...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 5:09 PM
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...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 2:30 AM
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....
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:53 PM
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...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:44 PM
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"...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:16 PM
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.
| Sep 18, 2014
| 8:13 AM
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...