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Fraser Shipyard Faces $1.4M in OSHA Fines

The Wisconsin shipyard accused of exposing workers to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter on site has been cited for 39 violations and is facing nearly $1.4 million in fines ...

'Smart Release' Coating Holds Off Rust

Researchers at a university in Wales have developed a “smart release” coating that could serve as a potential alternative to the use of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor.

Dutch Workers at Risk from Paint Toxin

Nearly 600 job seekers may have been exposed to a carcinogen found in old paint in one city’s back-to-work program, according to media sources in the Netherlands.

Tank Maker Faces $161K for Hazards

ROTHSCHILD, WI—Combustible painting conditions and hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium have landed a Wisconsin storage-tank manufacturer in trouble with federal authorities.

$2.5M EPA Reporting Fine Vacated

The world's top producer of chromium chemicals for coatings, preservatives and plating had no obligation to provide federal environmental officials with a 2002 industry report on the cancer ...

EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.

OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.

Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.

FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...

New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.

Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.

Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...

OSHA Whiplashes on Air Force Case

Federal health and safety officials have done an about-face in their case against Robins Air Force Base, cited earlier this month for excessive toxic exposures during paint removal operation...

OSHA Cites Air Force Sanding Operation

Toxic chemical exposures during paint-removal operations have once again landed an air base in trouble with federal health and safety authorities.

$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...

Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...

Navy Hazards Addressed; Review Unlikely

Navy officials have addressed toxic-metals exposures that threatened to shut down a California painting and maintenance facility last fall, but federal health officials have declined to take...

OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.

Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.

Bids Sought for $5M+ LA Bridge Contract

Bids to clean and paint almost 10 million pounds of steel on a Louisiana bridge will be opened April 24, transportation officials announced.

Conversion Coating Cuts Out Chromates

A chromate-free conversion coating for magnesium alloys has been developed by NEI Corporation.

Hoover Dam Hit with 58 OSHA Citations

Lead contamination, hexavalent chromium exposures and a wide variety of other hazards at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant have resulted in the filing of 58 federal health and safety...


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