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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 5:37 AM 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 this month that killed 12 people and sickened hundreds. In its report, accessed and reviewed...

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...

Tennessee sues candle maker, auto parts firm over incentives

May. 12, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are suing a candle maker and a manufacturer of plastic car exteriors to recoup some incentive money, saying they came up short of job creation requirements. The Department of Economic and Community Development sued MVP Group International and Plastic Omnium Auto...

Plastics factory to take place of former textile plant

May. 9, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

HURT, Va. (AP) — A plastics company is planning a new factory in Southside Virginia at the site of a former textile plant. Newsoutlets report that Staunton River Plastics, a subsidiary of the Hilliard, Ohio-based Rage Corp., will invest more than $34 million to build a new 250,000-square-foot...

Oklahoma City plastics company makes custom COVID-19 shields

May. 9, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City plastic supplier company has been receiving thousands of orders for custom-made protective barriers from businesses reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Allied Plastic Supply is working out contracts with a wide variety of clients to fit each business need for both...

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,...

A boy affected by a chemical gas leak is carried for medical treatment in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Chemical gas leaked from an industrial plant in southern India early Thursday, leaving people struggling to breathe and collapsing in the streets as they tried to flee. Administrator Vinay Chand said several people fainted on the road and were rushed to a hospital. (AP Photo)

Chemical leak at LG plant in India kills 11, about 1,000 ill

May. 7, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A gas leak at a chemical factory owned by a South Korean company in southern India early Thursday left at least 11 people dead and about 1,000 struggling to breathe. The chemical styrene, used to make plastic and rubber, leaked from the LG Polymers plant in the city of...

In this April 14, 2020, photograph provided by Deaconess Women's Hospital, in Evansville, Ind., an infant recently delivered at the hospital and identified only as

Indiana hospital gets baby face shields for virus protection

Apr. 17, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana hospital began fitting newborns with tiny plastic face shields to protect them from the coronavirus. Berry Global, the Evansville-based plastic packaging company, delivered a working prototype to Deaconess Women’s Hospital on Tuesday. The next day the...

Indiana company using downtime to make clips for face masks

Apr. 12, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana company is making plastic clips to protect medical workers’ ears from being irritated by the elastic straps on face masks protecting them during the coronavirus pandemic. Hometown Shirts and Graphix temporarily closed its door after Gov. Eric Holcomb issued...

In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, photo, a sign posted at an entrance to a 365 Whole Foods store advises customers not to use their own bags while shopping in Lake Oswego, Ore. Just weeks earlier, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee. Grocery clerks are nervous that the virus could linger on reusable fabric bags and their unions are backing them up with demands to end plastic bag fees and suspend bag bans. The plastics industry has seized the moment, lobbying to overturn existing bans on single-use plastics. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

Apr. 8, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as the movement to eliminate single-use plastics took hold in mainstream America. What a difference a...