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Victaulic Series 461 Stainless Steel Butterfly Valve

January 16, 2015 4:52 pm | by Victaulic | Product Releases | Comments

Victaulic has expanded its Vic®-300 MasterSeal™ butterfly valve line with a stainless steel option. A cost-competitive alternative to flanged valves, the new grooved-end Series 461 stainless steel butterfly valve enables faster, easier installation while offering a bubble-tight seal, improved flow and extended service life. The Series 461 valve features a patented seat design that seals equa...

SC Plant Workers Evacuated Because of Ammonia Spill

January 16, 2015 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An ammonia spill at a manufacturing plant in upstate South Carolina forced the evacuation of several hundred workers as emergency crews responded to the scene. Local media outlets report the spill happened at the Robert Bosch plant near Anderson about 10 a.m. on Friday.

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President Will Push For Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 4:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. The initiative will be known as the Healthy Americans Act and will affect all companies with 15 or more employees.

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Company With Chemical Spill Ties Cited 8 Times

January 16, 2015 4:31 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

State regulators have cited the new firm, Lexycon, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Novartis to Close Manufacturing Plant in Puerto Rico by 2019

January 16, 2015 3:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Puerto Rico is still considered one of the world's leading centers for pharmaceutical manufacturing, but the sector has been shrinking. The U.S. territory has been offering incentives for manufacturing plants to expand and is pushing to diversify its manufacturing base by seeking aerospace and information technology companies.

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Plastics Trade Group Accepting Entries for Safety Awards

January 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

This week the Society of the Plastics Industry began accepting entries for the 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards Program. The program allows the trade group to track safety issues in the plastics industry through the applications, which require redacted copies of forms filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Mercury-Free Tilt Switch

January 16, 2015 9:52 am | by Bin Master | Product Releases | Comments

This patent-pending tilt switch is used for high level detection of powders and bulk solids. The new BM-TSM tilt switch mounts on the top of the bin and activates an alarm when material rises and tilts the switching mechanism 15 degrees.

US Regulators Cite Millstone For 'Very Low' Safety Issues

January 16, 2015 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a special inspection of a backup pump at the Millstone Power Station has raised two findings it characterizes as of "very low safety significance." The findings are the latest among safety and security problems the NRC has identified at Connecticut's sole nuclear power plant.

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Judge: 3 Million Barrels Discharged After 2010 BP Spill

January 16, 2015 9:29 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion.

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Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula. Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide.

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Illinois Community College to Offer Degree in Fracking

January 15, 2015 5:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The school said the new degree program will focus on horizontal fracking practices and will prepare students for jobs in planning, development and the operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities.

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Drug Use at Large Gathering Causes Spike in Water Contaminants

January 15, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.in | News | Comments

Research shows a large music festival in Taiwan resulted in a spike in a slew of chemical contaminants — both over-the-counter and illicit — in nearby waterways. The findings underscore the potential impact of pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs on the environment — along with the lack of regulations needed to address those threats.

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Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 5:03 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

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Five Stunning Stats About Exxon

January 15, 2015 4:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How many Olympic-sized swimming pools does ExxonMobil produce enough oil to fill each day? If ExxonMobile was a country, how big would its economy be? Check out these five incredible facts about the multinational oil and gas corporation.

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Safety Catalog

January 15, 2015 10:49 am | by Brady | Product Releases | Comments

The new Safety, Facility and Equipment Identification Catalog (S-34) features 9,257 additional parts to provide a more comprehensive view of Brady’s safety and identification solutions.

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