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EPA chief: We know humans contribute to climate changing 'in some way'

"We know the climate's always changing. We know that humans contribute to it in some way," he said on Fox News.<p>"To what degree, to measure that with …


These Texas Chemical Plants Filed A Year’s Worth Of Pollution Reports After Harvey

Chemical spills, damage to petroleum tanks, and the stopping and starting of plants released more than 5 million pounds of pollutants, according to regulatory filings analyzed by BuzzFeed News.<p>Tropical storm Harvey triggered the release of approximately 5.4 million extra pounds of pollution from 48 …


South Baltimore residents asked to shelter in place for suspected HAZMAT leak

Residents in South Baltimore are being asked to shelter in place due to a suspected HAZMAT leak at a plant in Fairfield, according to the Mayor’s …


Massive warehouse fire at chemical plant in Missouri

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The Arkema chemical plant in Texas should have known better

Regarding the Sept. 5 news article “Tex. facilities release 1 million pounds of air pollutants in Harvey’s wake”:<p>When the tsunami knocked out the Fukushima nuclear generating station’s emergency diesel generators, a catastrophe ensued. This was an entirely predictable and avoidable event. In the …


Monster Hurricanes and Eco Disaster Photos: The Indecisive Moment

Many images of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects have graced magazine covers and have gone viral online. Some will undoubtedly win prizes in …

Hurricane Harvey

EPA opens inquiry into Arkema chemical plant explosion

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened an inquiry into whether the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas followed federal safety rules to …


Israel is forging its role with fire

A Facebook user sarcastically commented that Israel bombed a Syrian chemical plant this week to celebrate Bashar Assad’s victory over his “terrorist” …


First Responders Sickened by Toxic Fumes Sue Chemical Plant

A group of Texas first responders filed suit against chemical company Arkema Thursday, alleging the company did not adequately warn them of the risks …


Geophysicist: Weight of Harvey rains caused Houston to sink

HOUSTON (AP) — A California geophysicist says the sheer weight of the torrential rains brought by Harvey has caused Houston to sink by 2 centimeters.<p>Chris Milliner, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, says water weighs about a ton per …

Hurricane Harvey

In scathing lawsuit, first responders describe vomiting, gasping at Texas chemical plant fire

A group of first responders exposed to smoke from a Crosby, Tex., chemical plant fire after Hurricane Harvey are suing the owner of the plant for more than $1 million, saying that they vomited and gasped for air in the middle of the road in a scene the suit describes as “nothing less than …

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Houston flood: Texas emergency crews sue Arkema chemical plant

<b>Seven members of the Texas emergency services are suing a chemical factory rocked by explosions and fires after Hurricane Harvey.</b><p>Lawyers allege that negligence caused flammable materials to ignite after the Arkema plant near Houston was flooded and lost power. They are claiming more than $1m …


The Exploding Chemical Plant Outside Houston Faces Its First Lawsuit

First responders are suing over the exposure they say they suffered following a fire and detonation on the premises of the Arkema facility, which flooded during Hurricane Harvey.<p>“Toxicity is a relative thing.” So Arkema executive Richard Rennard described the noxious fumes emanating from a plant …


Mexico, including Mexico City, rocked by magnitude-8.1 offshore earthquake

A massive earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico on Thursday night, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City, the capital. The U.S. …

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Trump, Pruitt Slash EPA Staff to 30-Year Lows as Drinking Water, Climate Change Crises Mount



Houston Medics And Police Sue Arkema Over Chemical Plant Blasts After Harvey

The suit claims that Arkema did not warn first responders that fumes from the explosions could be toxic.<p>Medical workers and police hospitalized after exposure to explosion fumes are suing chemical maker Arkema, claiming that the company was negligent in managing the chemical disaster at its plant …


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Seven first responders filed a lawsuit Thursday against Arkema Inc., the owner of a chemical plant near Houston, Texas that was damaged by Hurricane …

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First responders sue Arkema for $1 million following explosions at Crosby plant

Seven first responders injured after explosions at the troubled Arkema chemical plant in Crosby are now suing the company for at least $1 million.<p>On …


Police and EMTs sue Arkema over chemical plant fire after Harvey

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Police and emergency workers filed suit on Thursday against French chemicals company Arkema SA, claiming it failed to take adequate steps to avoid a fire at its Crosby, Texas, plant after Hurricane Harvey.<p>Seven police, fire and emergency medical technicians sued Arkema in Harris …

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The Latest: I-75 reopens after Tennessee plant explosion

The Latest on a Tennessee chemical plant emergency (all times local):<p>5:45 p.m.<p>The Tennessee Highway Patrol has reopened the busy Interstate 75 …


Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change?

Among Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects were environmental accidents. In Crosby, Tex., for example, a chemical plant lost electrical power, leading to a massive fire. While media reports have understandably focused on the flooding, these accidents reveal a new consequence of climate change — …

Climate Change

Evacuation order lifted near Arkema's Texas chemical plant

Chemical company Arkema (OTCPK:ARKAF, OTCPK:ARKAY) yesterday lifted the evacuation order for residents living near its plant outside Houston, six …


ICYMI: The origins of a bribery scandal - and of a chemical plant disaster

For nearly two weeks, storms and flooding have dominated the local headlines. But here's a look at the roots of a bribery scandal - and of a plant …


Texas Chemical Plant Secured After Post-Hurricane Harvey Blazes

Authorities are allowing residents living near a burned and flooded Texas chemical plant to return to their homes after the French owner deliberately …


Evacuation zone lifted around Crosby chemical plant after controlled burns


Evacuation zone lifted around Texas chemical plant

The facility was at risk of exploding after flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The Latest: Houston-area homeowners warned about scavengers

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Harvey and its aftermath (all times local):<p>11:10 a.m.<p>Authorities in the Houston enclave of Bellaire say people who have suffered losses from Harvey are complaining about scavengers descending on their neighborhoods, picking through flood-damaged items piled up in front …

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A week after Harvey's deluges, Houston is trying to re-open for business

Storm-tossed Texans flocked to Sunday worship services, pressed ahead with door-to-door searches for frail and elderly survivors, and accelerated an exodus from evacuation centers where some had sheltered for more than a week in the wake of the most powerful hurricane to strike the continental U.S. …

Hurricane Harvey

New floods possible in Houston as thousands return after Harvey

Officials launch 'proactive' controlled burns at damaged chemical plant<p>Authorities went door-to-door Sunday in parts of storm-battered Houston, …

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Arkema to ‘Ignite’ Remaining Trailers at Texas Chemical Site So Work Can Start

Authorities said Sunday that they will blow up the six remaining trailers at the Harvey-wrecked Arkema chemical plant near Houston so crews can stop waiting and get to work assessing the threat at the flooded facility.<p>Three of the nine trailers, which each house a half-ton of highly flammable …