The death toll from the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh swelled to more than 1,000 workers, cementing its place among a grisly lineup of the world’s worst industrial disasters and reinforcing calls that the tragedy lead to lasting change.
Within minutes of a blaze starting at West Fertilizer Co. on the evening of April 17, residents a third of a mile away on Main Street in West, Texas, gathered in their front yards to watch firefighters at the plant.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will investigate the deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant as its chairman presses regulators on chemical- safety laws that would apply to similar facilities.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP will open an office in Shanghai this summer, giving the firm its first office in Asia. China practitioner Wan Li, who recently joined the firm from DLA Piper LLP, will be the chief representative and managing partner of Seyfarth’s Shanghai office.
The Texas plant that was the scene of a deadly explosion this week was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1985. The risk plan it filed with regulators listed no flammable chemicals. And it was cleared to hold many times the ammonium nitrate that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Bloomberg BNA -- Virginia and the Pacific Legal Foundation asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's 2009 finding that greenhouse gases should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
Exxon Mobil Corp. will appeal a $236 million New Hampshire verdict in a case over the use of the gasoline additive MTBE, after having gotten a much larger award in a similar dispute thrown out by a court in Maryland.
Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay New Hampshire $236 million in damages for contaminating its drinking water with the gasoline additive MTBE, the state’s lawyers told a jury that is set to begin deliberations today.