East Palestine derailment

Rail company will pay $600 million to settle East Palestine lawsuits


Norfolk Southern reaches agreement to resolve litigation related to last year’s train derailment that spilled hazardous chemical cargo

Drinking water

US finally gets nationwide regulation of PFAS in drinking water


Long-awaited rule is significantly stricter and covers six PFAS, with a five-year phase in for water utilities

Electron microscope

£124 million national electron microscope facility to be constructed in Cheshire


tate-of-the-art facility will support researchers aiming to translate chemical understanding into new materials and products

Denka Performance Elastomer Plant

EPA’s clean air rule cuts chemical plant pollution


New regulation affects about 200 facilities in the US, reducing emissions of ethylene oxide, chloroprene and three other chemicals

Flying papers

A key chemistry journal disappeared from the web. Others are at risk


Japanese scientific society suspends journal publication saying it has ‘completed its role’ 

Petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas

$6.6 million settlement follows 2019 fire at Texas petrochemical facility


Site owner to pay compensation for environmental damage caused by release of hazardous chemicals during days-long fire

People on a protest march holding placards that read Defiance for Science and Scientists Strike Back

US government scientists follow academics in unionising for better conditions


California Association of Professional Scientists joins a national trade union to boost bargaining power


Six dead in explosion and fire at Indian pharmaceutical plant


At least 17 others injured at SB Organics facility near Hyderabad


Algorithm designs proteins from scratch that can bind drugs and small molecules


Strategy could stop an overdose or produce an antidote to a poison


Could mechanochemistry have saved Abbott Laboratories $250 million?


Ball milling solves problem of disappearing ritonavir polymorph

Open paint tins

‘Low-VOC’ paints may still release harmful volatiles


New analysis finds volatile compounds and potential allergens in several popular water-based paints

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