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Mechanical Problems Likely Cause of Industrial Plant Fire

TACOMA, Wash. — Mechanical problems at a Tacoma industrial plant are the likely cause for a fire that triggered explosions and spewed toxic chemicals into the air early Sunday. KING-TV reports it took several hours for Tacoma firefighters to put …

Indiana’s Worst Environmental Disaster, 20 Years Later

ANDERSON, Ind. — Twenty years later, Jim Hensley still remembers that call. The longtime machinist was sitting in the shop of the Guide Corp. plant in Anderson, which was then one of the country’s largest manufacturers of headlights and taillights …

Shut Philadelphia Refinery Begins Risky Job of Removing Toxic Chemical

PHILADELPHIA — Workers at the fire-damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery took the first steps this week toward ridding the plant of roughly 30,000 barrels of modified hydrofluoric acid, a dangerous undertaking that has rarely, if ever, been performed under similar …

Investigators to Begin Hunt for Cause of Texas Petrochemical Disaster

U.S. investigators hope this week for the first time to enter the site of a massive fuel fire and chemical spill outside Houston to begin the hunt for a cause and to determine whether the operator followed safety regulations. The …

KBR Seeks Battlefield Immunity in Soldiers’ Exposure Suit

KBR Inc. invoked federal laws shielding contractors during wartime in an effort to avoid a Texas trial over injuries claimed by troops who were exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a work site in Iraq. KBR argued today before a …