Chemicals

EPA Issues Controversial Rule To Improve Safety At Chemical Facilities

"More than three years after an official prompt from the President, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a long-awaited rule aimed at preventing disasters like the 2010 refinery explosion that killed seven workers in Anacortes, Washington."

Source: Ctr for Public Integrity, 12/23/2016

"Trump EPA Transition Team Lacks Expertise on Chemicals, Water"

"President-elect Donald Trump’s landing team at the Environmental Protection Agency includes some of the Obama administration’s biggest foes on climate and energy policy. But what appears to be absent from the nine members of the EPA transition team is any background in chemicals, pesticides, water pollution, and other policy areas where the agency enforces environmental laws to control contamination and protect public health."

Source: BNA, 12/23/2016

Exxon Fighting to Keep Its Dangerous Chemicals in Children’s Toys

Exxon Mobil, the corporate home of Rex Tillerson, is also a chemical company that manufactures phthalates, a class of chemicals that makes pacifiers and bottle nipples soft. Government agencies have banned them as a health threat, but Exxon insists they pose no danger.

Source: The Intercept, 12/21/2016

"Carbon Wars: ‘Get Someone Up Here. We’re All Dying.’"

"Oil refineries don’t just pollute. They also kill and maim workers and threaten the public."

"ANACORTES, Wash. — From 500 yards away, John Moore felt the concussion before he heard it.

Moore was midway through a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. shift as an operator at the Tesoro Corporation’s oil refinery in Anacortes, an island town 80 miles north of Seattle. It was 35 minutes after midnight on April 2, 2010.

Source: Ctr for Public Integrity, 12/15/2016

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