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Lawsuit Targets New Coal Exporting Facility

November 1, 2013 11:52 am | News | Comments

A new lawsuit claims the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources violated state law and its own guidelines when it approved a permit for a new coal exporting facility that is adjacent to a Mississippi River diversion project aimed at replenishing coastal wetlands with river sediment.

Level Measurement Analyzer

October 31, 2013 12:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FloLevel Technologies launches a new self-cleaning acoustic level and flow analyzer for Flotation Cells.

Shell Prepares For Arctic Offshore Exploration

October 31, 2013 11:47 am | by Dan Joling, AP | News | Comments

A spokesman for Shell Alaska says the company will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan sometime over the next few weeks, but hasn't decided whether it will move forward with drilling next year. Shell drilled in both the Chukchi and the Beaufort Seas in 2012, but suffered serious setbacks.

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Russia Breaks Zero Waste Pledge

October 30, 2013 12:10 pm | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP | News | Comments

As a centerpiece of its Olympic bid, Russia trumpeted a Zero Waste program that promised the cleanest games ever, saying it would refrain from dumping construction waste. However, during a visit last week, The AP found that Russia's state-owned rail monopoly is dumping tons of construction waste into an illegal landfill. The country's $51 billion budget for the Olympics contains no provisions for treating construction waste.

Cold Boxes And Air Conditioners

October 30, 2013 10:52 am | Benko Products | Product Releases | Comments

Benko Products announces Husky Cold Boxes and Air Conditioners, compact and portable cooling units suitable for plants with limited floor space.

Thermostatically Controlled Mixer

October 29, 2013 4:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Strahman M-200TS Thermostatically Controlled Mixing Unit allows the user to set the exact output water temperature desired from 80°F to 160°F.

Vacuum Pump Inlet Trap

October 29, 2013 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Multi-Trap Vacuum Inlet Trap, from MV Products, is designed to protect central source vacuum systems in hospitals, university science buildings and research facilities.

Gas Plant Proposed Near New Shale Site

October 29, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

The facility will be able to process 120 million cubic feet of gas a day from local oil wells. Many of those wells were just recently drilled into the Niobrara Shale underlying eastern Wyoming. The plant would remove natural gas liquids from the gas byproduct of local oil production.

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New Molasses Leak Stops Maui Harbor Shipments

October 29, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

While the leak was small and quickly dissipated, the shipper will not resume loading operations until the leaking pipeline has been repaired. The section where the leak occurred was not underwater but is encased in cement. It was discovered by the company's 24-hour monitoring team.

EPA Orders DuPont To Pay $800,000 For Violations

October 29, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

DuPont has reached a proposed agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. The EPA said that the company has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and implement several emissions safeguards. The penalty will be divided equally between the United States and West Virginia.

Scent From Chili Factory Could Be Costly

October 29, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory. The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking a judge to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant is a public nuisance.

Ensuring The Long-Term Success of LEDs

October 28, 2013 2:55 pm | by Clifton Lemon, Soraa | Articles | Comments

Like other innovations spurred by a combination of technology development and government mandates, solid state lighting presents a real triple bottom line scenario – good for the planet, good for profit and good for end users. This scenario is already playing out with LEDs and manufacturers play a key role in making sure LED adoption will hit its full potential.

The Risks And Benefits of Bring Your Own Device - Part 2

October 28, 2013 12:50 pm | by Nancy Cam-Winget, engineering, Cisco on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

Different businesses will approach BYOD with different expectations across a spectrum of adoption scenarios. Every business needs a BYOD strategy, even if the intention is to deny all devices except IT approved and managed devices. Part 2 of this series will show where your business can fit now and could fit in the future along the BYOD adoption spectrum.

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Bakken Oil Drives Increased Rail Traffic, Potential For Spills

October 28, 2013 12:34 pm | by Phuong Le, AP | News | Comments

Hundreds of trains carrying crude oil could soon be chugging across the Northwest, bringing potential jobs and revenues but raising concerns about oil spills, increased train and vessel traffic. With five refineries, Washington has long received crude oil from Alaska and elsewhere by ship, barges or pipelines, but ports and refiners are increasingly turning to trains to take advantage of a boom in oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.

Agency Urges Drastic Steps At Fukushima

October 28, 2013 11:53 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Human mistakes are mostly to blame for the recent mishaps, as workers deal with a string of crises. A top Japanese regulator feels these "silly mistakes" are a sign of declining morale. TEPCO acknowledged a systemic problem in a recent report, saying workers under tight deadlines tend to cut corners, and others don't fully understand their assignments or procedures.

A Look At Fukushima Errors

October 25, 2013 10:28 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten mishaps in just eight months at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are raising doubts about the operator's ability to tackle the crisis and prompting concern that another disaster could be in the making. Even more troubling, a typhoon is forcasted to hit the area this weekend.                                

Sanitary Round Airlock

October 24, 2013 5:01 pm | Schenck AccuRate | Product Releases | Comments

The cleanable round airlock (CRA), from Mac Process, was designed specifically for food, pet food and chemical industry applications, where equipment must meet challenging sanitary requirements.

Anti-Explosive Bulk Bag Unloader

October 24, 2013 3:38 pm | National Bulk Equipment Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk bag unloader system from National Bulk Equipment is designed for use in highly contaminant-sensitive process areas handling bulk materials known to generate combustible dusts.

WV Judge Sets Hearing in EQT Lawsuit

October 24, 2013 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

EQT Corp. will soon ask a judge to order six West Virginia property owners to plug and abandon a water well they dug to subvert the company's plans for five natural gas wells. Under state law, gas companies can't drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring used for human consumption.

Monsanto Responds: Agrichemicals Safe

October 23, 2013 10:46 am | by Michael Warren, AP | News | Comments

Monsanto is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina. The company criticized the AP report as lacking in specifics about health impacts.

Voltage Sag Corrector

October 22, 2013 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DySC dynamic sag corrector from Rockwell Automation uses patented, double-conversion inverter technology to protect against brief voltage sags and momentary outages.

Power Monitoring Solutions

October 22, 2013 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation has expanded its power-quality portfolio to include monitoring solutions to help OEMs and end users identify and mitigate power issues to improve uptime and productivity. 

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Pollution Down 3.8 Percent

October 22, 2013 10:23 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP | News | Comments

The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990. The only recent year with a bigger percentage drop was in 2009, when America was in a large recession. American cars and factories released their lowest levels of CO2 since 1994.

Cooling Tower Monitoring

October 22, 2013 10:04 am | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson has developed a new essential asset monitoring module that analyzes process and equipment data to determine overall cooling tower health.

Clean-Up Delays, New Contamination Overflows Plague Fukushima

October 21, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Rainwater has overflowed concrete barriers surrounding 12 clusters of tanks storing radiation-contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO said it cannot rule out the possibility that contaminated water has reached the Pacific Ocean as a result. Additionally, due to stalled clean-up efforts, some residents of nearby towns will have to wait years before returning.

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