Science & Environment

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Deaths at Texas DuPont plant cry for better safety regulations

In November, four workers died and one was injured at a chemical plant in La Porte, Texas after the release of a hazardous chemical.

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Wildfires grow while budget to fight them is depleted

The U.S. Forest Service's annual budget for fighting wildfires is rapidly dwindling; in fact, it may run out by the end of the month: the fires, on the other hand, will keep burning.

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U.S. covered up massive PCB contamination at Okinawa base

U.S. military officials did not report the contamination to Japanese authorities, and did nothing to alleviate the contamination.

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Loss of life in Harlem the price paid for crumbling infrastructure

It's no coincidence that the collapsed buildings were served by a 127 year-old gas main; those in the labor movement are feeling the unfortunate burden of vindication.

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West Virginia hit by another chemical spill

About 108,000 gallons of waste from a coal processing facility leaked into a tributary of the Kanawha River on Feb. 11, polluting 6 miles of Fields Creek. The waste includes all manner of toxic chemicals and metals.

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W. Va. spill occurred after repeated lack of oversight

This month is a bitter anniversary for Charleston: Three years ago, experts with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board urged the state to create a new program to prevent toxic chemical spills

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Declare yourself #IdleNoMore

Idle No More has grown to become much more than just a slogan for a movement on environmental and Indigenous rights.

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Impending disaster uncovered at Louisiana refinery

An EPA inspection uncovered numerous air quality and job safety and health violations that ExxonMobil did not report at the nation's second largest oil refinery.

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Steelworkers, allies push oil industry to increase safety at refineries

How bad is the oil refining industry's pollution and worker safety problem? Well, let's put it this way: It virtually ruined an industry-backed Thanksgiving Day parade.