A consortium of Western utilities and a nuclear reactor designer have submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a small nuclear reactor to meet future demand for carbon-free power. The proposal seeks millions of dollars in grant money to walk the project through the vigorous licensing and permitting process.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order naming Freeh, who now runs a consulting firm, a "special master" for the investigation.
Plants that were the sites of two chemical explosions a day apart in south Louisiana remained closed, and it could be months before federal investigators determine the causes of the blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to hospitals last month.
BP says its northwestern Indiana oil refinery is back at full production with major unit back in operation. The oil giant says startup of the new 250,000 barrel-per-day crude distillation unit at the Whiting Refinery marks a major milestone in the ongoing $3.8 billion upgrade and expansion of the facility along Lake Michigan.
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Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we explore the recent ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas.
Food processing and packaging equipment is complex and multi-faceted, often with difficult-to-reach areas that can house biofilms and food soils that may result in microbiological hazards. Hidden surfaces lead to inadequate sanitation if not properly addressed, but those are not the only danger zones.
A very large fire started by a paper lantern has consumed more than 100,000 tons of plastic materials at a recycling facility in central England. Fire services said Monday more than 200 firefighters fought the blaze near the city of Birmingham.
Shell Oil Co. has again delayed a decision on buying land in western Pennsylvania for a proposed multimillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County. Officials announced Friday that Shell and Horsehead Corp. had signed another six-month extension on an option on the Potter Township site about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Opportunity beckons intelligent device manufacturers. They must evolve their products from fixed function and disconnected systems to flexible and seamlessly connected devices. Making products smarter will provide a wide array of benefits.
The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill said Thursday that it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown-out well in 2010. "That is not an easy task," U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing.
An American executive held hostage for nearly a week by his company's Chinese workers in a pay dispute said Friday from his Florida home that he was held for ransom and paid nearly half a million dollars for his freedom. Starnes left the Beijing factory Thursday after he and a union representative reached an agreement to pay the workers.
A hostile act by workers at Specialty Medical Supplies in China shows the growing unease the Chinese manufacturing labor force has about jobs during a time of slowing economic growth in the country. Part of this evolving economy is a U.S. push toward reshoring foreign jobs.
Pest birds cost individuals and businesses millions of dollars each year in clean-up expenses, repairs and damaged equipment. Some large industrial facilities spend as much as six figures to combat pest bird problems. Implementing a preventative bird control program is means of reducing these costs.
By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, companies both large and small, benefit by simplifying and shortening each phase of the product development process. However, deciding whether or not to adopt PLM software has been a challenge for smaller organizations due to a reputation of PLM being difficult to implement.
A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.
Southern California Edison, operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are laying off 600 employees as the troubled facility begins to shut down for good. The Orange County Register says nonunion employees will begin receiving pink slips in about two months.
A pay dispute was resolved Thursday at a medical supply factory, ending a labor standoff in which the Chinese workers detained their American boss for nearly a week inside the plant until they reached agreement on a compensation package.
Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), has been around long enough, having been established in 1939, to gain a reputation of being one of the area’s best employers. But back in 2010, BCI’s executives and upper management decided its plant floor safety initiatives needed an overhaul.
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A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker. Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling grain bins Tuesday at the Union Mills Co-op in Union Mills likely exposed smoldering grain to the wind.