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  • EPA: High toxic metal levels after mine spill

    August 13, 2015 2:27 PM

    DURANGO, Colo. - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says significant progress is being made as water quality appears to be improving in a major Southwest river system that was contaminated by millions of gallons of toxic mine sludge. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday that the... more »
  • Baton Rouge company among 10 getting federal contract

    January 9, 2015 9:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Pentagon says a Baton Rouge company is among 10 around the country which will get work cleaning up toxic, hazardous and radioactive waste for the federal government. A news release Thursday says CB&I Federal Services LLC was also among 10 applying for the work over the... more »
  • Toxic letters sent to Bloomberg from Shreveport

    May 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    SHREVEPORT- Officials say two threatening letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of the deadly poison ricin and were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport. New York City police said Wednesday the anonymous letters were opened Friday in New York at the city's mail facility and Sunday... more »
  • Dangerous gas encountered at sinkhole vent well

    November 20, 2012 6:01 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Workers setting up a vent well near an Assumption Parish sinkhole encountered a dangerous gas and shut down operations, according to the parish police jury. They said the workers drilled the well into the top of a salt dome near the sinkhole, and began venting it... more »
  • Expanded deal over FEMA trailer fumes worth $37.5M

    May 30, 2012 3:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An expanded class-action settlement agreement calls for around two dozen companies that manufactured trailers distributed by the government after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to pay a total of $37.5 million to resolve claims that Gulf Coast residents were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in them. The... more »
  • LSU professor gets $11M research grant

    September 17, 2011 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An LSU chemistry professor has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to further the LSU Superfund Research Center's studies on tiny particles left after toxic waste is burned. Barry Dellinger says these "environmentally persistent free radicals" are essentially incomplete molecules that remain in the environment for... more »
  • DEQ counters Baton Rouge's high toxicity ranking

    March 2, 2011 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Forbes Magazine report ranked Baton Rouge the fifth most toxic city in the nation but the Department of Environmental Quality thinks otherwise. Rodney Mallett with DEQ said that report was misleading and didn't provided enough information. The report compiled 2009 data from five separate... more »
  • Toxic tower damaged on 9/11 finally coming down

    January 9, 2011 12:03 PM

    NEW YORK- A 41-story building in New York City that has been shrouded in black netting ever since it was badly damaged in the World Trade Center attack is finally almost gone. Nearly a decade after the terror attack, the former Deutsche Bank building is down from 41 stories... more »
  • One dead in toxic, slow-burning home fire

    December 24, 2010 11:51 AM

    SLIDELL – The state fire marshal says a Slidell man died after being overcome by smoke from a slow-burning fire in his home. State Fire Marshals Butch Browning said 56-year-old Charles Odes II was found dead in the hallway of his home last night by firefighters with St. Tammany Parish... more »
  • Senate passes health package for 9/11 workers

    December 22, 2010 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a package of health care and economic aid for people sickened by dust from the ruins of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics... more »
  • Three adults, found with kids at meth lab, arrested

    November 13, 2010 10:55 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics agents arrested three adults found with two children this week inside a working methamphetamine lab. Agents found the lab inside a mobile home Wednesday in a mobile home park in Iberia Parish, sheriff's spokesman Ryan Turner told The Advocate of... more »
  • EPA: 1st Tests show dispersants equally toxic

    June 30, 2010 2:37 PM

    EPA officials say their first round of testing on chemicals used to break apart the oil in the Gulf of Mexico shows all the available dispersants are generally equally toxic. The testing also showed the chemicals are far less toxic than oil. Officials said none of the chemicals... more »
  • McDonald's pulls 12M cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses

    June 4, 2010 8:00 AM

    McDonald's is recalling 12 million drinking glasses it is selling to promote the new "Shrek" movie because painted designs on the cheap collectibles contain the toxic metal cadmium. The burger giant wants customers to stop using the 16-ounce glasses, which have been sold for about $2 each and were available... more »
  • Oyster task force worried about dispersants

    May 26, 2010 5:36 AM

    Leaders of Louisiana's oyster industry are worried about BP's use of a chemical dispersant. The Louisiana Oyster Task Force voted to draft a letter to the oil giant and state and federal authorities expressing their concerns. Task force members are worried about the toxicity of the chemical and the fact... more »
  • Jury rules in favor of trailer company

    March 29, 2010 4:15 PM

    A federal jury has rejected a New Orleans man's claims that government contractors after Hurricane Katrina provided him with a trailer that exposed him to dangerous fumes. Eight jurors unanimously decided that a trailer made by Forest River Inc. of Goshen, Ind., and occupied by 39-year-old Lyndon Wright was... more »
  • 'Princess and Frog' pendant recalled for cadmium

    January 29, 2010 4:50 PM

    Federal consumer safety regulators announced a recall of "The Princess and The Frog" movie-themed children's pendants, citing high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium. The recall affects about 55,000 items sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. It comes several weeks after an Associated Press investigation reported high levels of cadmium... more »
  • Drywall Guidance

    January 28, 2010 8:15 PM

    http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/documents/InterimIDGuidance012810.pdf http://www.cpsc.gov/info/drywall/InterimIDGuidance012810.pdf more »
  • Store pulls potentially toxic jewelry

    January 12, 2010 2:11 PM

    An international chain store says it will stop selling a charm bracelet that lab testing showed was laden with the toxic heavy metal cadmium. The products were made in China. Claire's says it has no reason to believe the product is unsafe, but is getting rid of the items... more »
  • FEMA trailer didn't expose family to fumes

    September 24, 2009 4:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury has rejected a New Orleans family's claims that the government-issued trailer they lived in after Hurricane Katrina was defective and exposed them to dangerous fumes. A jury of five men and three women on Thursday decided that a trailer made by Gulf Stream... more »
  • First trial over toxic trailers begins

    September 14, 2009 5:39 AM

    Jury selection begins today for the lawsuit against Gulf Stream Coach Inc. that made trailers used to house residents displaced by storms along the Gulf Coast. The lawsuit was filed by Alana Alexander and her son, Christopher Cooper. However, the federal government won't be on trial. Hundreds of consolidated lawsuits... more »

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