Dam failure threatens a Dow chemical complex and Superfund cleanup

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.
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Michigan: Threat of toxic contamination looms after dam failures trigger flooding

Catastrophic flooding triggered by dam failures in Michigan could potentially release toxic pollution from a site contaminated by the industrial giant Dow Chemical.


Brazil’s big agricultural strategy: pesticides

The South American nation is bucking the global trend.

These emails show a Trump official helping her former chemical industry colleagues

A lobbyist turned senior Agriculture Department official repeatedly shared information with her former industry on policy and enforcement. “It’s highly inappropriate conduct,” said one ethics expert.

Plastic backlash leads to bets on old recycling technology

Big makers and users of plastic packaging are betting on a recycling technology, chemical recycling, that has failed for decades to take off, as new rules push them to find ways to cut waste and greenhouse-gas emissions tied to plastic.


New EPA rules aim to reduce toxic emissions. But many 'Cancer Alley chemical plants won't have to change

The proposed rules reducing emissions across the country would not apply to many of Louisiana’s chemical plants. These facilities release tons of dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals like ethylene oxide, and more plants are on the way.

Dow Chemical plant explosion in Plaquemine rattles windows, shakes homes but no injuries

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Sterilized workers seek to collect damages against Dow Chemical in France

A pesticide made by Dow Chemical sterilized thousands of banana workers in Nicaragua decades ago. In an unusual legal move, they are turning to France to enforce payment.

Workers at big government lab sue over exposure to a toxic chemical

Former technicians at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York say the were sickened by exposure to a toxic cleaning compound.

Texas won't approve bans on plastic bags, which can be fatal to livestock

A year after the Texas Supreme Court dealt a death blow to municipal bans on plastic bags, legislative efforts to revive them have fallen flat.


Industry launches campaign to rid ocean of plastic. Is it for real?

The plastics industry has a new billion-dollar campaign to get plastic trash out of the ocean. But is industry really suited to clean up the mess its products create?

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Industry studies show evidence of bias and misleading conclusions on widely used insecticide: Scientists

Researchers who examined Dow Chemical Company-sponsored animal tests performed two decades ago on the insecticide chlorpyrifos found inaccuracies in what the company reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compared to what the data showed.

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He was Dow’s ‘Dioxin Lawyer.’ Now he’s Trump’s choice to run the Superfund Program

Peter Wright helped negotiate a major Dow toxic cleanup. During that time, Dow was accused of submitting disputed data, misrepresenting scientific evidence and delaying the work.
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