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China chemical plant explosion kills 4

Oct. 15, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a chemical plant in southern China on Tuesday killed at least four people and injured six, the local government said, in the latest of a string of such accidents. The Guangxi regional emergency rescue service said on its official microblog that an investigation was underway...

California bans pesticide linked to brain damage in children

Oct. 9, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A widely used agricultural pesticide that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state officials announced Wednesday. Under the deal, all California sales of...

The Latest: President of growers group disappointed by ban

Oct. 9, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California banning a pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The president of a citrus association that represents about 5,000 growers has expressed disappointment that a widely used pesticide is being banned in California...

Nobel prize honors breakthroughs on lithium-ion batteries

Oct. 9, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. The batteries power cellphones, laptops, electric cars and countless other devices of modern life, and could become...

Investigators on site of France's huge chemical plant fire

Oct. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutors say police units specialized in environmental risks are leading investigations into a huge fire at a chemical plant last month in the French city of Rouen. The Paris prosecutor's office, which is in charge of the probe, said in a statement Tuesday that about 130 complaints...

Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to slash use of plastic

Oct. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Lipton teas, said Monday it aims to halve its use of non-recycled plastics by 2025. The move, which appears crafted to resonate with younger, more environmentally aware consumers, will require a "fundamental...

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

Oct. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers, including...

India hopes to end single-use plastics within 3 years

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India announced an ambitious campaign on Wednesday aimed at eliminating single-use plastics within three years. Environment ministry official Chintan Mishra said efforts to "sensitize" the public against single-use plastics started Wednesday, the 150th anniversary of independence leader...

Chicago-area medical equipment cleaning plant won't reopen

Sep. 30, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (AP) — Sterigenics, the medical supply sterilization company that has been battling lawsuits and claims of increased cancer rates from fumes, announced Monday it has decided against reopening its suburban Chicago plant. The company said it will close the plant in Willowbrook, blaming...

Air tests OK after France chemical plant fire, officials say

Sep. 28, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say tests show the air quality in and around the city of Rouen is normal despite a strong irritating odor from a huge fire at a chemical plant. Regional prefect Pierre-Andre Durand said Saturday that authorities ordered a freeze on local agricultural production and sales as...