Five years after Congress mandated that sales of ammonium nitrate, the chemical implicated in last month’s fatal Texas blast, be tracked, rules to do that haven’t been issued by the federal government.
Exxon Mobil Corp. and union steelworkers at the company’s Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant face a June 15 strike or lockout after failing to agree on a contract at the largest petroleum and petrochemical complex in the U.S., United Steelworkers said today.
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.
History sometimes has a way of tying itself up with a little bow. That’s the way I felt in January when I introduced Scott Prouty, the bartender-turned- videographer who helped sink Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, to Teddy Goff, the 28-year-old director of digital media for President Barack Obama’s re-election.
The United Steelworkers union, which represents almost 6,000 workers at Alcoa Inc., said it’s resisting the largest U.S. aluminum producer’s efforts to “aggressively” cut benefits as a labor contract comes up for renewal.
Alcoa Inc., the largest U.S. aluminum maker, came closer to resolving a labor dispute after a union representing workers at its ABI smelter in Quebec said it will recommend that members back a new agreement on contracts.
Vale SA , the world’s largest iron-ore producer, and the United Steelworkers union broke off contract talks that restarted yesterday to resolve a 17-month strike at the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine in eastern Canada.