Interior Secretary Announces New Drilling Rules

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, formerly MMS, has developed rules for offshore oil and gas operations in federal waters that require operators to develop and follow a 13-point Safety and Environmental Management System.

Pennsylvania's Regulatory Program for Hydraulic Fracturing Gets Good Marks

In an independent review, a team found that the Department of Environmental Protection's program for oil and gas wells is well managed and meets its objectives.

International Project Hopes to Build a Better Cookstove

EPA is contributing $6 million to the International Project for Clean Cookstoves in order to help prevent exposure to indoor smoke from cooking fires.

Workers have to wear protective gear when removing asbestos

The Asbestos Debacle

The health risk and liabilities of this hazardous substance cost too much to ignore; the best approach is to eliminate the problem.

EPA Asks 9 Hydraulic Fracturing Services for Chemical, Process Data

The agency is "drilling down to bedrock" to uncover the impact of the process on drinking water sources.

Growers Sign Petition for Atrazine Use

Long-standing pesticide faces government review, an activist campaign, and two lawsuits.

Lawmakers Call for Probe into Claims Handling by Enbridge

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said it has evidence that residents affected by the recent spill in Michigan are being asked to waive legal rights or sign over medical records.

Emory River Opens for Recreation as Coal Ash Cleanup Continues

Federal and Tennessee agencies have determined that any coal ash remaining in the river presents minimal health risks to recreational users.

American Vanguard Files Suit for Relief from EPA Stop Sale Order

The company makes pentachloronitrobenzene, a fungicide used on turf, and was ordered to stop selling the product because it did not identify trace impurities in its confidential statement of formula.

Arch Coal Selects Enviance to Manage Environmental Data, Performance

CH2M Hill to implement the technology for the second largest U.S. coal producer.

Fewer Worker Deaths in Solid Waste Industry, DOL Says

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that 19 solid waste collection workers died on the job in 2009, down from 31 fatalities in 2008.

Agency Proposes Requiring More TSCA Chemical Data More Often

Chemical manufacturers would need to provide production volume, facility data, and product uses information under EPA's Inventory Update Reporting Rule.

Most people infected with dengue fever experience no symptoms at all or only a mild fever.

Human Clinical Trial of Dengue Vaccine Begins

“Controlling the mosquito vector can work, but it is very expensive and difficult to sustain,” says Anna Durbin, M.D., who is leading the study at Johns Hopkins. “In the long run, vaccination would be a more efficient and cost-effective approach.”

Conversation on Chemical Exposure Has Busy Fall Agenda

More than 50 public meetings are scheduled for this CDC-ASTDR project about chemical exposures and public health. An action agenda is scheduled for release in December.

Senate Homeland Security Committee OKs CFATS Extension

Sen. Collins introduced an amendment to keep the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act alive for another three years.

Safer Siting Could Have Lessened Damage at Veolia Facility

The Chemical Safety Board completed its report on the 2009 explosion at Veolia ES Technical Solutions' plant in Ohio and recommended the Center for Chemical Process Safety revise control room siting guidelines.

Commentary: Incentives for Safety in the Oil Drilling Industry

Regulatory review may help bridge the gap between technology and policy for oil drilling, historian suggests.

MSU to Test Gulf Seafood Using Agilent Technologies' Analyzer

Mississippi State has developed a new test process to be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Rush and Waxman Release Toxic Chemicals Safety Act

Hearings on the bill will begin July 29.