Latest Chemical spills News

Indiana steelmaker denies manipulating test data after spill

Jan. 12, 2020 9:28 AM EST

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana steelmaker has denied allegations of manipulating results from toxic readings required after a chemical spill killed more than 3,000 fish last year. State regulators said that ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Burns Harbor is redoing daily ammonia and cyanide tests and sending...

EPA: Lead, uranium found after Detroit River aggregate spill

Jan. 10, 2020 7:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Federal environmental officials found uranium, lead and several chemicals during testing of an industrial site where limestone construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River last year, a state agency said. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said in...

This photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation toxic chemical substances leaked along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich., on Dec. 20, 2019. The discovery led to an investigation of an old industrial site near the interstate. State regulators said high levels of multiple contaminants have been found in soil and groundwater around the former Electro-Plating Services.  (Michigan Department of Transportation via AP)

Superfund cleanup considered for Detroit 'green goo' site

Jan. 10, 2020 4:05 PM EST

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from which a greenish stream of contaminated water leaked onto a freeway will be considered for the federal Superfund cleanup program, Michigan officials said Friday. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said an...

Tests: No carbon monoxide in baby deaths at housing complex

Jan. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's state medical examiner's office said Thursday that it found no sign of carbon monoxide poisoning in the deaths of two infants at a public housing community where the gas has forced evacuations. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner issued a news release Thursday...

This aerial photo provided by the Scott County, Iowa, Emergency Management Agency shows a train derailment that sent at least a dozen rail cars and tankers off their tracks, the Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 , in downtown LeClaire, Iowa. The derailment, along U.S. Highway 67, just a couple of hundred feet from the banks of the Mississippi River, forced police to send a hazardous materials team to the site. (Scott County Emergency Management Agency via AP)

Train derailment in eastern Iowa leaves mess, slows traffic

Jan. 3, 2020 5:05 PM EST

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A train derailment Friday morning sent more than a dozen rail cars and tankers off the tracks in the eastern Iowa city of LeClaire, shutting down a nearby highway and sending a hazardous materials team scrambling to the downtown district site. The derailment happened a couple of...

Humboldt water plant reopens after chemical spill scare

Jan. 3, 2020 3:36 PM EST

HUMBOLDT, Kan. (AP) — Residents of a southeast Kansas town were told Friday they could return to using the city's water after its water plant reopened. Humboldt shut down its water plant and on Thursday asked residents to limit their water use because of a chemical spill in the nearby Neosho River. On...

Groups want tougher U.S. Steel fine for Lake Michigan spill

Dec. 30, 2019 12:40 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The leaders of 18 environmental and civic groups have joined a push for U.S. Steel to face tougher penalties over a spill of hazardous substances from a northwestern Indiana plant into Lake Michigan. The groups, which include the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Save the Dunes and the...

Alabama school system prepares to sue over 3M contamination

Dec. 23, 2019 10:06 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama school system has taken the first step to sue 3M Co. over claims that chemicals are leaking from a closed landfill that is on school system property. News outlets reported that Decatur's school system has filed notice saying it plans to sue over industrial toxins...

Cleanup continues after chemical leaks onto freeway

Dec. 21, 2019 5:09 PM EST

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Environmental crews continued cleanup work around a suburban Detroit freeway and in a shuttered industrial firm Saturday, a day after a yellow-green liquid chemical was found seeping onto the roadway's shoulder. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy...

Environmental groups sue steel mill over lake chemical spill

Dec. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EST

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing a steelmaker for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility more than 100 times in the past five years, including an August spill that killed more than 3,000 fish. The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Hoosier...