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Massive fire at potato plant forces evacuations

Jan. 22, 2021 9:06 AM EST

WARDEN, Wash. (AP) — A massive fire at a potato plant in Warden brought fears of an exploding ammonia tank, forcing the evacuation of nearly a third of the town for several hours. The fire broke out at the Washington Potato Plant in eastern Washington around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in one of the dehydrators,...

Proposed pharmaceutical plant for Petersburg plans 180 jobs

Jan. 21, 2021 4:08 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A non-profit organization announced Thursday that it is planning a new pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Petersburg that’s expected to create more than 180 new jobs and make drugs for treatment of COVID-19 and other diseases. State officials announced Thursday that Civica...

DuPont, ex-worker indicted for plant gas leak that killed 4

Jan. 19, 2021 3:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A chemical company and a former employee have been indicted for their roles in a 2014 poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area plant, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Four employees at the now-closed DuPont chemical plant in LaPorte, Texas, died in the release of...

EPA finds toxic chemicals leached into common pesticide

Jan. 15, 2021 1:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Toxins leached from packaging into a pesticide commonly used on mosquitoes, the Environmental Protection Agency has found, but the risks to human health are unclear. Testing by the EPA found the pesticide, Anvil 10+10, contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively...

Kansas researchers working for more viable rural communities

Jan. 14, 2021 11:55 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A group of Kansas researchers believe they have a solution that will help rural communities thrive, simply by helping them optimize how they use their community’s already abundant wind energy opportunities. The projects will create “cheaper energy” that can be used...

Kentucky plant begins destroying deadly VX stockpile

Jan. 14, 2021 4:22 AM EST

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's chemical weapons destruction facility has begun eliminating its stockpile of VX nerve agent. The first munitions with the deadly nerve agent were destroyed at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent plant on Sunday. The plant at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County began...

This undated photo provided by National Transportation Safety Board, The Orange County Fire Authority battles a fire on a burning vehicle inside a garage in Orange County, Calif.  When firefighters removed the SUV from the garage to assess the fire , they identified the fuel source as the SUV’s high-voltage battery pack.  U.S. safety investigators say electric vehicle fires pose risks to first responders, and manufacturers have inadequate guidelines to keep them safe. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

NTSB says vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders

Jan. 13, 2021 4:06 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicle fires pose safety risks to first responders and guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been inadequate, according to U.S. investigators. There are also gaps in industry safety standards and research on high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires,...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledges to the applauds after he made his closing remarks at a ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Kim vowed all-out efforts to bolster his country's nuclear deterrent during the major ruling party meeting where he earlier laid out plans to work toward salvaging the broken economy. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

North Korea ends party meeting with calls for nuclear might

Jan. 13, 2021 12:43 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed all-out efforts to bolster his country's nuclear deterrent during a major ruling party meeting where he earlier laid out plans to work toward salvaging the broken economy. Separately, Kim’s powerful sister criticized South...

Feds: Business dumped liquid landfill waste in Flint system

Jan. 5, 2021 11:10 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint business owner is accused of illegally discharging nearly 48 million gallons of waste from landfills into the city's wastewater system from 2007-15. The waste included a chemical from a family of chemicals known to be hazardous to human health, federal prosecutors alleged in a...

Louisiana industrial service company buys Mississippi firm

Dec. 29, 2020 1:55 PM EST

GONZALES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based industrial services company has bought a Mississippi petrochemical maintenance business with international offices. Specialty Welding and Turnarounds LLC of Gonzales has acquired Hydroprocessing Associates LLC for an undisclosed price, The Advocate of Baton Rouge...