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Reviewing NFPA 56 Three Years Later

September 27, 2013 1:12 pm | by Jack Rubinger, Graphic Products & John Puskar, Prescient Technical Services | Articles | Comments

NFPA 56 prohibits the use of flammable gas as a cleaning agent for interior pipes. The standard is a response to the 2010 explosion at Kleen Energy Power and another at a food processing site that happened within less than a year of each other. This article offers a look at the regulation three years later, with tips on how to properly meet its expectations.

Greenpeace To Appeal The Jailing Of Activists

September 27, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

Among those jailed are a Russian news photographer and the ship's U.S. captain. Eight more were detained for three days pending a new hearing. No charges have been brought against anyone in the group. The Russian Coast Guard disrupted an attempt by the activists on September 18 to scale an Arctic Sea oil platform.

Ex-EPA Official Pleads Guilty To Theft

September 27, 2013 11:39 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, AP | News | Comments

A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency is pleading guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years. Under the plea deal with prosecutors, he faces 30 to 37 months in prison and has agreed to pay restitution of $886,000 and to forfeit an additional $507,000.

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Portable Videoscope Inspection System

September 26, 2013 3:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company announces its new Advanced Portable Videoscope System for the inspection of bridges, drill pipe, turbines, airframes, power generation equipment, process tanks and vessels, tubing and pipes, heat exchangers and hydraulic cylinders and other difficult to reach videoscope inspections.

Visual IR Thermometer

September 26, 2013 2:54 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduces the Fluke VT04 Visual IR Thermometer, a troubleshooting tool for electrical, industrial maintenance, HVAC/R, and automotive applications.

EPA, Hawaii Initiate Joint Probe Into Molasses Spill

September 26, 2013 12:29 pm | by Audrey McAvoy, AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health said Wednesday they will jointly investigate a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses in Honolulu Harbor. Investigators will study whether there were any violations of the Clean Water Act.

Russians Detain Greenpeace Members For Oil Protesting

September 26, 2013 12:24 pm | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP | News | Comments

A Russian court jailed a photographer and a Greenpeace activist who were part of the 30-member Greenpeace team protesting near an oil platform in the Arctic last week. The Coast Guard disrupted an attempt by Greenpeace activists on September 18 to scale the Russian Arctic platform.

Extended, Heated Air Curtains

September 25, 2013 4:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Berner International Corp., has added lengths of up to 16 feet long to go with their new high-efficiency VTH Venturi heater coil and VS Series air curtains.

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Stackable Incubators for Protein Crystallography

September 24, 2013 3:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Torrey Pines Scientific announces NEW EchoTherm™ Stackable/ Programmable Vibration Free Chilling Incubators for protein crystallography and other life science uses.

Consumers Energy Pushes Back Planned Shutdown

September 23, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Friday's announcement from the unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. now schedules the suspension of operations at facilities in the Muskegon, Monroe and Bay City areas until the first quarter of 2016 from early 2015.

Cleanup To Begin At $50 Million Superfund Site

September 20, 2013 12:08 pm | by Lynne Tuohy, AP | News | Comments

Cleanup at one of New Hampshire's major Superfund pollution sites is moving into high gear. The Beede Site in Plaistow was home for decades to the Beede Waste Oil disposal company, which accepted more than 28 million tons of soil contaminated with oil.

President Obama Takes On Coal With Carbon Limits

September 20, 2013 11:53 am | by Dina Cappiello, AP | News | Comments

Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.

Fluidized Bed Scrubber for High Efficiency Gas Absorption

September 20, 2013 10:00 am | Bionomic Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bionomic Industries, Inc. has announced availability of their new RotaBed patented “Fluidized Bed” Scrubber for use in acid, gas, and particulate scrubbing in a wide range of process industries.

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Organic Farmer Concerned About 'Fracking'

September 20, 2013 9:12 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Stephen Cleghorn owner, of a 50 acre certified organic farm and goat dairy in Reynoldsville, PA, is concerned about hydraulic fracturing gas drilling activity nearby and how it might affect his animals and the farm he and his wife started in 2005.

Engineering American Energy Independence

September 20, 2013 9:07 am | by Bill Kerney, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump.

Deal Opens Wyoming Grouse Habitat To Oil Drilling

September 19, 2013 10:55 am | by Mead Gruver, AP | News | Comments

A deal between Chesapeake Energy and the Wyoming governor's office would guide drilling of potentially hundreds of oil wells in a vast area of designated sage grouse habitat in east-central Wyoming. The agreement allows the state to accommodate drilling while sticking with its strategy to keep the birds off the federal endangered species list.

Judge To Review Halliburton's Gulf Deal

September 19, 2013 10:31 am | by Micheal Kunzelman, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge is set to decide whether to approve a plea agreement that calls for Halliburton Energy Services to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. District Judge can either accept or reject the company's deal with the Justice Department.

Japan's PM Wants Fukushima Completely Scrapped

September 19, 2013 10:17 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country's crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just the four already slated for decommissioning. He also told TEPCO officials to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like radioactive water leaks.

Cooler Temps Stalls Key Climate Report

September 19, 2013 10:03 am | by Karl Ritter, AP | News | Comments

Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years, even as greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. There are concerns among governments over how to address the issue.

Ductless Chemical Fume Hood

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mystaire is pleased to announce the release of Aura ductless chemical fume hoods.

Energy Logger for Electrical Energy Waste

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduces the 1730 Three-Phase Energy Logger, an intuitive, easy-to-use tool with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities.

Source: Japan Nuke Situation 'Not Under Control'

September 19, 2013 9:11 am | by Euronews | Videos | Comments

A senior official from Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs Japan's troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, recently told reporters that the safety situation at the facility was "not under control," though the company quickly released a statement saying otherwise.

Colorado Floods Could Bring Recharged Soil

September 18, 2013 12:46 pm | by Ivan Moreno & Manuel Valdes, AP | News | Comments

Surging waters in Colorado swept away barns, silos and fences and left houses covered in mud. The flood waters were so powerful they uprooted irrigation pipes and spread them around the fields, leaving lakes next to which cattle now graze. They also brought instant relief to drought-hardened areas, with the promise of moisture restored in deep soils and the possibility of reservoirs refilling to help farmers well into next year.

Budget Cuts Could Impact BP Settlement

September 18, 2013 12:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses has asked a federal judge to reject BP's bid to slash his office's budget by at least $25.5 million. BP attorneys complained in a court filing last week that the agency's operating expense request is excessive and shouldn't be approved.

Former EPA Head Discusses Keystone XL

September 18, 2013 9:12 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Christine Todd Whitman, the former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator appointed by former President George W. Bush, discusses the ongoing fight over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project and its possible future.

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