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Fuel Removal At Fukushima: What's At Stake?

November 18, 2013 11:55 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Work began today to remove nuclear fuel rods from a heavily damaged reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. It's the first major step toward decommissioning the plant, a decades-long process fraught with uncertainty and challenges.

Hazardous Location Enclosures

November 18, 2013 11:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hoffman Zonex enclosures for hazardous locations protect terminations and electrical equipment where potentially explosive dust and gas are present and in applications where additional hardening is needed.

Fire Heavily Damages Detroit Chemical Company

November 15, 2013 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit company that makes adhesives, paint, primers and sealants was heavily damaged by a blaze that forced authorities to evacuate surrounding homes and a nearby elementary school.                                 

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Plans To Bury Nuclear Waste In NV Drawing Fire

November 15, 2013 11:06 am | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal plans to truck radioactive material from a World War II-era plant in Tennessee to Nevada for burial in the desert are rekindling a long-running battle to prevent the Silver State from becoming the nation's nuclear dumping ground.    

Mississippi Refinery Fire Kills 1, Injures Another

November 15, 2013 11:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating the cause of an early Friday explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery that killed one worker and injured another.                                         

Alabama Awarded $12.6M For Oil Spill Restoration

November 15, 2013 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama is getting $12.6 million for three projects designed to restore some of the natural resources affected by the Gulf oil spill in 2010.                                           

Silo Cleaning Solutions

November 14, 2013 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Silo Solutions eliminate the need for confined space entry and hazardous cleaning techniques for blocked vessels and plugged discharge chutes, allowing the material to be recaptured and returned to the process stream.

Extreme Condition Cables

November 14, 2013 2:57 pm | Balluff Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

New High Durability Cables from Balluff help prevent downtime and replacement for physical, washdown, temperature and weld slag situations.

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Railroads Retrofitting Flammable Liquid Cars

November 14, 2013 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. railroads are supporting new safety standards for rail cars that haul flammable liquids to address flaws that can allow crude oil, ethanol and other substances to leak during accidents. Safety experts say the soda-can shaped cars have a tendency to split open during derailments.

Cryogenic Valves

November 13, 2013 4:36 pm | Conval | Product Releases | Comments

Conval offers Clampseal Cryogenic Valves for high-pressure, low-temperature liquified natural gas (LNG), manufacturing, heat treating and vaporizing applications to -420F.

ND Testing For Contamination At Spill Site

November 13, 2013 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials are working this week to verify that a 20,000-barrel oil spill in northwestern North Dakota didn't contaminate groundwater.                               

"The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters"

November 13, 2013 12:02 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Frackers" tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom — and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster.

LA Parishes File Suits Against Oil Companies

November 13, 2013 11:37 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two southeast Louisiana parishes filed multiple lawsuits against numerous oil and gas companies, claiming they failed to restore damage their operations did to coastal areas while releasing toxic pollutants, in violation of state law.                                  

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CA Considers Controversial Desalination Plant

November 13, 2013 10:59 am | by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say a hotly disputed proposal to turn ocean water into tap in Orange County should be revamped to protect marine life but the company planning to build called the recommended changes a deal killer.                      

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.                                              

Spain Acquits Accused In Tanker Disaster

November 13, 2013 10:33 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish court acquitted all three people charged in the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast, which triggered a major environmental catastrophe.                                                                        

Bag Discharger Dust Hood

November 12, 2013 4:49 pm | Flexicon Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

A new Dust Hood for Flexicon Bulk Bag Dischargers contains spillage and dust that can escape through seams in the bag and folds in the spout.

Pressure Transmitter

November 12, 2013 4:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SOR Inc. introduces the new 815PT Smart Pressure Transmitter, a stick form-factor pressure transmitter that is compact, explosion proof rated and suitable for hazardous locations and hostile environments.

Process Automation Software

November 12, 2013 2:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation has released the AADvance Workbench 2.0 to help manufacturers get process-safety applications up and running faster. 

Point: The Cost Of Ethanol

November 12, 2013 11:28 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure." But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits.

Radioactive Water Leak Shuts Down SC Reactor

November 12, 2013 9:47 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small radioactive water leak prompted Duke Energy Corp. to shut down a reactor at the Oconee Nuclear Station yesterday. Utility officials said the leak poses no danger, but it is the second time in less than three weeks a problem has shut down a reactor at the nuclear plant built 40 years ago.

Programmable Circulators

November 11, 2013 4:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PolyScience now offers sixteen low temperature circulators that provide precise temperature control for demanding external applications. 

Microprocessor Controlled PCR Workstations

November 11, 2013 2:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

These microprocessor-controlled PCR workstations from AirClean Systems reduce risk of sample contamination during DNA/RNA amplification and manipulation. 

More Drillers Are Recycling Fracking Water

November 11, 2013 10:57 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, drillers suspected water recyclers of trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater. Recycling is rapidly becoming a popular and economic solution for this burgeoning industry.

Canadian Gold Mine Rejected

November 11, 2013 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's Gabriel Resources has been waiting 14 years for approval for the controversial mine, which would use cyanide to mine 314 tons of gold and 1,500 tons of silver in the town of Rosia Montana in northwestern Romania. The parliamentary commission is expected to vote Monday evening.

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