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Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

Lilly selling half-price version of popular Humalog insulin

May. 22, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

A half-price version of Eli Lilly's popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company's promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option amid fierce criticism of soaring insulin prices. Lilly, one of the three top insulin makers, said Wednesday that it has begun selling its own generic...

Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures

May. 18, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a chemical plant in New Jersey has been brought under control, but road and bridge closures remained in effect and local residents were urged to remain indoors because of potential danger from fumes. Kearny fire officials said the blaze at the Alden Leads...

China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

May. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously...

Texas petrochemical facility with March blaze has flash fire

May. 14, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — A company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March says it quickly extinguished a small fire that broke out at the facility during ongoing cleanup efforts. Intercontinental Terminals Company says the flash fire happened at 11:45 a.m....

California to ban pesticide it says hurts babies' brains

May. 8, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's most productive agricultural state moved Wednesday to ban a controversial pesticide widely used to control a range of insects but blamed for harming brain development in babies. The move cheered by environmentalists would outlaw chlorpyrifos after scientists deemed it a...

The Latest: Pesticide maker disappointed by California ban

May. 8, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's move to ban a widely used pesticide blamed for harming child development (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The manufacturer of a pesticide that California plans to outlaw says the decision will hurt farmers trying to control pests. Gregg Schmidt, a spokesman for...

San Jacinto site near Houston to reopen after plant fire

May. 7, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — A Texas historic site that has been closed for nearly two months since a fire at a Houston-area chemical plant will reopen this week. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte (luh-PORT') reopens Wednesday. The complex...

2nd person confirmed dead after explosion at Illinois plant

May. 4, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — An explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone factory claimed a second victim Saturday when an employee taken to a hospital after the blast died, a local coroner confirmed, and the official death toll is expected to rise to four as authorities suspended the search for two other bodies...

Exxon announces $2B expansion of Baytown plant in Texas

May. 2, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Exxon Mobil says it plans to spend $2 billion to expand a chemicals plant next to the Houston Ship Channel and that the project will create 2,000 temporary construction jobs. The company said Thursday it will build a new unit at the Baytown plant to make chemical compounds that give plastics...