- Iowa official says she'll aid communication in labor dispute Updated: May-04-15 9:19 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The head of Iowa's economic development agency said Monday she will try to aid communication between labor leaders and officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant that recently issued layoffs, but she warned she will be limited in what she can do.
- Chemical firm fined $225,000 for Oklahoma pesticide disposal Updated: May-04-15 6:20 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tennessee-based agricultural company has been fined $225,000 for the alleged improper disposal of a restricted pesticide in northeastern Oklahoma.
- Feds expand efforts to fight wildfires by reshaping forests Updated: May-04-15 4:32 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The towering ponderosa pine trees are cut down and bundled in quick succession as heavy equipment winds its way through a national forest as part of the largest federal effort to reshape the forests to prevent wildfires. The felled trees then are shredded of their limbs and eventually will be taken from the forest in northern Arizona to Phoenix, where they'll be turned into pallets.
- Dow Chemical to trim about 3 pct of global workforce Updated: May-04-15 12:57 pm
Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp.
- Parents, businesses to push for NY child safe product act Updated: May-04-15 3:04 am
ALBANY, New York - A coalition of businesses and parents from around New York state are supporting legislation that would phase out the use of certain chemicals in toys.
- Beallsville's loss of Vietnam War soldiers still felt Updated: May-03-15 9:09 pm
BEALLSVILLE, Ohio - The teenage boy spotted a U.S. military vehicle creeping slowly up the farm's driveway and minutes later saw his dad dart for the cornfields, as if trying to outrun the news.
- Company says it intends to create 100 more jobs in Hartselle Updated: May-03-15 3:28 pm
HARTSELLE, Alabama - Busche Alabama company officials say the firm plans to create 100 additional jobs in Hartselle over the next eight to 12 months.
- Port St. Lucie residents fight proposed fertilizer plant Updated: May-03-15 12:22 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida - Some Port St. Lucie residents are fighting a proposed fertilizer plant.
- Commodities slump tests Montana's largest mining company Updated: May-03-15 11:06 am
NYE, Montana - More than 1,500 feet underground beneath the jagged peaks of the Beartooth Mountains, the man in charge of the only platinum and palladium mines in the U.S. is digging in against the worldwide slump in commodities.
- State IDs faulty tanks; now tank law is being scaled back Updated: May-02-15 11:14 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - After a 2014 chemical spill polluted drinking water for more than 300,000 people in West Virginia, lawmakers there quickly mandated tighter surveillance of the state's chemical storage tanks. It revealed dozens of tanks that shouldn't have been in service still posed a potential threat to drinking water for more than 134,000 people downstream. Many were corroded and a few were filled with hazardous chemicals.
- Shellfish producer backs away from pesticide spraying Updated: May-01-15 8:05 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state's largest shellfish producer says it is bowing to public pressure and will not use a pesticide recently approved to control a native burrowing shrimp that makes it hard for oysters to grow.
- New Mexico considers standby permit for uranium mine Updated: May-01-15 7:07 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Rio Grande Resources' underground mine in western New Mexico contains one of the largest stashes of uranium ore in the U.S., but it's idle and hasn't produced anything in years.
- US to pay $13.2M for Navajo Nation uranium mine evaluation Updated: May-01-15 6:58 pm
WINDOW ROCK, Arizona - Navajo Nation officials say the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to provide $13.2 million for a cleanup evaluation of 16 abandoned uranium mines across the vast reservation.
- Texas inches to tighter rules 2 years after fertilizer blast Updated: May-01-15 6:13 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - One chamber of the Texas Legislature passed the first measure to regulate the storage of chemicals since a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West more than two years ago, killing 15 people and devastating a wide area around the plant.
- Neighborhood calls for Pittsburgh steel foundry to make cuts Updated: May-01-15 2:38 pm
PITTSBURGH - A steel foundry that employs hundreds of people in a trendy Pittsburgh neighborhood has come under fire by residents and environmental activists concerned about air pollution and activities there that they say have become a nuisance.
- Officials pitch Northwest Indiana at Chicago rail summit Updated: May-01-15 2:11 pm
CHICAGO - A team of economic development pros from northwest Indiana pitched the region to a Chicago rail summit as a less expensive option for businesses looking to locate in the Chicago area.
- Colorado cracking down on pot pesticides Updated: May-01-15 1:48 pm
DENVER - Colorado is cracking down on pesticide use in the marijuana industry, trying to end years of sloppy oversight of which chemicals are used on the nascent industry.
- Columbia Falls Aluminum signs deal for facility demolition Updated: May-01-15 11:50 am
COLUMBIA FALLS, Montana - Work will soon be underway at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company facility.
- Federal board delivers mixed decision on uranium license Updated: May-01-15 9:09 am
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A federal board has revised a license granted to a company that wants to mine for uranium in western South Dakota.
- Richest fight ever is also a gold mine for Vegas bookies Updated: May-01-15 2:42 am
LAS VEGAS - Days before the fight, one Manny Pacquiao believer had already put $500,000 on his man in the MGM Grand sports book.
- Conservation groups appealing ruling on Grand Canyon mining Updated: Apr-30-15 9:25 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A coalition of conservation groups announced Thursday that it's appealing a court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining 6 miles from Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim.
- US House to vote Friday on money for Ohio plant cleanup Updated: Apr-30-15 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON - The House is seeking to move ahead with a vote to provide extra cleanup money for a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio, even as the White House is threatening to veto it.
- GM to spend $5.4B on US factories over 3 years, add 650 jobs Updated: Apr-30-15 3:18 pm
DETROIT - General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.
- Duke Energy Progress to store ash in landfill at SC plant Updated: Apr-30-15 2:22 pm
HARTSVILLE, South Carolina - Duke Energy Progress plans to build a lined landfill to store 4.2 million tons of coal ash at the site of its retired coal generating station near Hartsville.
- Hungary vows to start moving toxic waste from chemical plant Updated: Apr-30-15 1:40 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Some 1,000 barrels of toxic waste will be removed quickly from a defunct chemical company plant in Budapest, a Hungarian official said Thursday after Greenpeace described conditions at the site as "near catastrophic."