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Several Feared Dead After Chemical Plant Blast in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in southeast Slovenia has left at least four people missing and feared dead, officials said Thursday. Emergency officials said another two people were hospitalized in critical condition with …

Company Defends Use of Toxic Chemicals to Fight Plant Fire

A company whose northern Illinois chemical plant was heavily damaged in a fire last week defended its use of firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals Wednesday, saying crews had taken steps to contain the material. An industrial team hired by Lubrizol …

Feds Inspected Illinois Chemical Plant Weeks Before Blast

A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas. Inspectors from the …

Chemical Fire Draws Illinois National Guard; Locals Evacuate

A massive fire at a chemical plant in northern Illinois spurred the governor to deploy the National Guard to the area as local residents were evacuated. No injuries have been reported. The industrial fire broke out early Monday morning at …

West Virginia Chemical Plant Blast Spurs Stay-Inside Order

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — An explosion that injured four people at a West Virginia chemical plant and shook surrounding homes prompted authorities to impose a shelter-in-place order early Wednesday. It happened after 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Chemours plant in …

Massive Exxon Refinery Fire Poses a New Threat to Oil Demand

A fire broke out early Wednesday at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Baton Rouge oil refinery in Louisiana, halting production at the fifth-biggest fuel-making plant in the U.S. The outage at the massive complex — which supplies fuels across the southeast U.S. …

Second Evacuation Order Lifted in Texas City Hit by Explosion, Chemical Fire

HOUSTON — Authorities on Thursday lifted a second evacuation order in a week for thousands of people in a Texas city as U.S. safety officials began examining what caused the latest in a series of chemical plant fires in the …

TPC to Rebuild Texas Chemical Plant Shut by Explosions, Fire

Petrochemical maker TPC Group Inc will rebuild the Texas plant shut last week by devastating explosions that ignited fires that burned for six days, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The last fire at the Port Neches plant was extinguished late …

Storm Disrupts U.S. Gulf Coast Energy Operations from Refineries to Terminals

HOUSTON — Energy infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast was hit hard by Tropical Storm Imelda on Thursday, as flooding forced a major refinery to cut production and a key oil pipeline, terminals and a ship channel in Texas were …

Georgia Investigated Complaint Against Chemical Plant Prior to Worker Injury

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton, Ga., was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show. The company’s regulatory manager, Joe Stafford, told an investigator sent by the …