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DuPont Chemical Plant Has History of Safety Violations

The DuPont chemical plant where four workers died Nov. 15 after a leak caused an explosion has a history of safety violations that stretch back several years, the Texas Tribune discovered in a review of state records. A faulty valve at the plant, which is located about 30 miles from … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Toxics Release Inventory, Climate Hubs, WV Chemical Spill, Keystone XL Pipeline

Total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012, according to the EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. The 2012 data show that 3.63 billion pounds of … Read more »

EPA, Texas Resolve Some Clean Air Differences

The EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have reached a conditional agreement on parts of the Texas clean air plan. The state permits offer some operating flexibility to major sources including oil refineries, the AP reports. The flex program allows TCEQ to issue one permit for multiple sources of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »

Fertilzer Plant Housed Explosive Chemical Before Blast

Fertilzer Plant Housed Explosive Chemical Before Blast

Officials continue to investigate last week’s fire and explosion at West Fertilizer, which killed at least 14 and injuring 200 in the small central Texas town. But it does appear the fertilizer plant — which housed some 270 tons of ammonium nitrate — may have violated a host of environmental and … Read more »

School Bus Retrofits ‘Can Cut Emissions Up To 90%’

School Bus Retrofits ‘Can Cut Emissions Up To 90%’

For between $9,000 and $15,000 each, older school buses can be fitted with tailpipe and crankcase filters that reduce soot emissions by up to 90 percent, according to an Environmental Defense Fund report. This makes the old buses as clean as new ones for a fraction of the cost — … Read more »