| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Chicago area communities must act soon to demand the federal government tighten proposed regulations on railroad tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous materials, a coalition of suburbs says.
Federal regulators especially need to close a...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Lake County Animal Services' shelter management has opted to continue its summer adoption sale through Oct. 1.
Adoption rates are $10 for dogs and cats. Cats also are BOGO — buy one, get one free.
A maximum of three dogs and four cats may be...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 6:38 AM
As smoke rose above Rosedale homes hours after a CSX train derailed and exploded May 28, many residents wondered what exactly was burning.
Three of the railcars were transporting hazardous materials, and investigators believe it was sodium chlorate that...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 11:03 AM
Clarence E. Ross, assistant chief of the Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team, has received the inaugural "Making a Difference Award" from the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Committee.
The award was presented...
| May 28, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. admitted to improperly handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its stores nationwide, pleading guilty Tuesday to several federal criminal and civil counts and agreeing to pay more than $81 million.
The accusations against...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
One summer Saturday in the Bay Area city of Richmond, nitric acid leaked from a tank at a metal plating company, forming a toxic cloud that floated over a neighborhood of small houses and stucco apartments.
"People were coughing. They were gasping for...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:23 PM
A federal safety alert Thursday warned that crude oil flowing out of new fields in North Dakota may be more flammable than expected, a caution that comes several days after a train carrying about 3.5 million gallons of the same oil crashed in the state...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:50 PM
The state Senate's Environmental Quality Committee has scheduled a hearing on the Department of Toxic Substances Control's oversight of hazardous waste operations in California, officials announced Tuesday.
The Jan. 15 hearing in Sacramento will address...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:42 PM
The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Allenco Energy Inc. from reopening in South Los Angeles, accusing the company of ignoring years of evidence that fumes from its oil fields were sickening residents of the surrounding...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Roy Paul Gressly, who owned and operated at least a half-dozen hazardous waste hauling businesses, eluded regulators' detection for years as he moved from one location to another.
Sometimes he left toxic waste behind, court records state, and...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 7:52 PM
SACRAMENTO—The head of the state toxics department told a state Senate hearing Wednesday that she is working hard to correct the agency's problems regulating hazardous waste and is seeking increased funding and other changes to beef up key areas....