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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 file photo shows the BP logo at a petrol station in London. Energy company BP is writing off as much as $17.5 billion from its oil and gas assets and will review its plans to develop oil wells as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates its goal of decreasing its reliance on fossil fuels. (AP Photo/Caroline Spiezio, File)

BP sells petrochemicals arm to Ineos for $5 billion

Jun. 29, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Oil and gas company BP has sold its global petrochemicals business to Ineos for $5 billion, part of its plan to shift activities to renewable sources of energy. The company said in a statement Monday that the overlap of the petrochemicals business with the rest of the company is...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019, file photo, the Bayer logo shines at night at the main chemical plant of German Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. The German pharmaceutical company announced Wednesday, June 24, 2020, it’s paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Monsanto to pay $95M over PCB pollution in Washington state

Jun. 24, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The agrochemical giant Monsanto has agreed to pay Washington state $95 million to settle a lawsuit that blamed it for pervasive pollution from PCBs — toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The announcement Wednesday...

Map uses satellite data to show global air pollution levels

Jun. 11, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is publicly releasing satellite measurements that show up-to-date levels of air pollution around the world. The agency said Thursday that the new online map reveals concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, a reddish-brown gas that can be harmful to human health. Nitrogen...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, smoke rises from LG Polymers plant, the site of a chemical gas leakage, in Vishakhapatnam, India. A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory this month that killed 12 people and sickened hundreds. (AP Photo/File)

Probe blames safety lapses for deadly India gas leak

May. 31, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory that killed 12 people and sickened hundreds. The committee said the tanks from which the gas...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo, smoke rises from LG Polymers plant, the site of a chemical gas leakage, in Vishakhapatnam, India. The plastics factory in India where a chemical gas leak killed 12 people and sickened hundreds more last week lacked federal environmental clearance but had been issued state permits to operate anyway, exposing a potentially dangerous enforcement gap in the country's laws. The owner of the LG Polymers plant in Andhra Pradesh state, South Korean chemicals giant LG Chem, said in a May 2019 affidavit that formed part of an application for the clearance that the company

Indian LG plant lacked environmental clearance before leak

May. 12, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A plastics factory in India where a chemical gas leak killed 12 people and sickened hundreds more last week lacked federal environmental clearance but had been issued state permits to operate anyway, exposing a potentially dangerous enforcement gap in the country's laws. The owner of the...

Children receive treatment at a hospital following a chemical gas leak in Vishakhapatnam, India, Friday, May 8, 2020. Indian authorities evacuated more people from villages near a South Korean-owned chemical factory where a gas leak killed 12 people and left about 1,000 struggling to breathe. Authorities said the evacuation was precautionary, but it triggered panic among people overnight that another gas leak was occurring. (AP Photo)

Homicide charges against Indian factory after fatal gas leak

May. 8, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Indian police on Friday filed charges of culpable homicide, including negligence in handling toxic substances, against a South Korean-owned chemical factory where a gas leak killed 12 people and sickened more than a thousand. The chemical styrene, used to make plastic and rubber,...