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Explosion in Georgia Chemical Plant Kills Welder, Injures 2 Others

Federal and local authorities are investigating the cause of an industrial explosion at an Augusta, Georgia, chemical complex that killed one worker and injured two others Wednesday, Sept. 27. According to The Augusta Chronicle, the deadly explosion occurred at the DSM Chemical plant, a unit of the Dutch multinational chemical manufacturer that produces powder-coat paint resins. The explosion killed 29-year-old Steven Gonsalves of Beech Island, South Carolina. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Mr. Gonsalves was not an employee of DSM but he was in the plant performing welding work with the other workers who were injured. A spokesperson for the ... Read More

Chemical Release Puts Baltimore Communities Under Temporary Lockdown

A chemical spill that sent a plume of acid gas into the air prompted officials to put three Baltimore area communities under an emergency shelter-in-place order Monday morning. The leak occurred at the Solvay plant when a tank truck delivering chlorosulfonic acid, a raw material used for producing soaps and detergents, leaked from a valve as it was being transferred by hose to a trailer. The chemical, which produces a white cloud when exposed to air, is extremely corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Symptoms associated with inhaling ... Read More

Understanding Burn Injuries and Sources Makes For Safer Holidays

Holiday decorations, a busy kitchen, fireplaces and space heaters — these are just some of the common sources of burn injuries that often turn a festive time of year into a time of excruciating pain and sometimes even a fight for life. Hospitals across the U.S. typically report a significant spike in the number of patients seeking emergency treatment for burn injuries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cooking injuries are the most common holiday-related injuries hospitals see each year, with scalding being the most frequent type of burn ... Read More

Colgate Total toothpaste ingredient linked to cancer, birth defects

Colgate Total toothpaste contains a chemical that has been linked to cancer-cell growth and birth defects in laboratory animals, prompting an investigation by federal regulators and an all-out ban by Minnesota lawmakers. The chemical is known as triclosan, and it is used in Colgate Total to fight gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. It is also found various other  products such as soap, cutting boards, and toys. Many consumer companies are phasing it out, but Colgate-Palmolive Co. says it is a safe, antibacterial agent that helps ward off gum disease in its Colgate Total toothpaste. Colgate says its Total toothpaste went ... Read More

New study finds BP oil dispersant chemicals still linger in the Gulf

Chemical oil dispersants BP used in 2010 to break up its Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still turning up in samples collected from the Gulf’s beaches and deep sea corals, a new scientific study has found. Scientists studying the presence the dispersant chemical DOSS (dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate) in the Gulf of Mexico environment expected to see a slower degradation in the deeper, colder areas of the Gulf, but the lingering presence of the chemical along the shore came as a surprise. The study, conducted by scientists from Haverford College and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and published in the journal Environmental ... Read More

Study finds chemical exposure may have increased cancer rates in IBM employees

Employees at IBM’s Endicott, New York, facility may have been prone to develop certain types of cancer and other disease due to exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other toxic chemicals in the workplace, according to the results of a government-led statistical analysis. Endicott residents concerned about toxic exposure at IBM pushed for the study, which researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted during a five-year period using $3.1 million in federal funding. The comprehensive analysis examined the health of 34,494 workers who were employed at IBM’s Endicott facility between 1969 and 2001. The study found ... Read More

Louisiana chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 73 others

GEISMAR, LA — An explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant killed one person and injured 73 others Thursday morning while forcing the evacuation of several hundred workers and setting off a fire that jeopardizes the safety of other nearby factories. According to the Associated Press, the explosion occurred at 8:37 a.m. at a chemical plant owned by Williams Companies Inc. southeast of Baton Rouge. The plant produces 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, both of which are extremely flammable. The petrochemicals are a key ingredient in plastic production and a number of other ... Read More

Arkansas attorney general concerned says residents still sick after ExxonMobil oil spill

Mayflower, Ark., residents, including a number of children, are continuing to experience adverse health effects after ExxonMobil’s’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, Dustin McDaniel, the state’s Attorney General said Tuesday. ExxonMobil’s pipeline breached on March 29, spilling about 5,000 barrels of highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil into a neighborhood and surrounding land. Mr. McDaniels said that town residents continue to suffer from headaches, nausea, and other adverse symptoms after more than a month after the spill. “As we met with residents and groups that represent them … I heard time and time again about their concerns for their health, especially the ... Read More

Tests confirm Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill created highly toxic air pollution

High levels of 30 toxic chemicals were present in air samples taken in Mayflower, Ark., the day after a breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline allowed an estimated 5,000 barrels of chemically treated tar sands oil to flood a suburban neighborhood. A month after the spill, health complaints consistent with exposure to the chemicals from the air samples persist, according to the citizen-based Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group. April Lane, a spokeswoman for the advisory group, has been collecting reports and documenting health complaints from people living in the area of the oil spill, where potent oil fumes could be smelled ... Read More

Exxon Mobil must pay NH $236 million for widespread groundwater contamination

The longest state trial in New Hampshire history ended Tuesday with a jury verdict against Exxon Mobil Corp. for its role in polluting groundwater with MTBE, a gasoline additive. The jury ordered the oil giant to pay the state $236 million, the amount New Hampshire officials sought to clean up and monitor the groundwater contamination. According to the Associated Press, the jury returned its verdict in less than 90 minutes, after listening to nearly three months of testimony. Exxon Mobil began adding MTBE to its gasoline in the 1990s in order to reduce smog levels and meet federal Clean Air ... Read More