Shareholders angry at the utility company behind Japan's nuclear catastrophe peppered executives with questions Wednesday about leaking radioactive water and demanded a phase-out of atomic power. Fifteen such motions from shareholders were defeated at an annual shareholders' meeting.
The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.
President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants.
Chinese workers keeping an American executive, Chip Starnes of Specialty Medical Supplies, confined to his Beijing medical supply factory said Tuesday that they had not been paid in two months in a compensation dispute that highlights tensions in China's labor market.
An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil. The U.S. Energy Department said workers at Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity levels under tank AY-102 during a routine inspection.
COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: General Monitors’ Point IR Combustible Gas Detector features a three-second response time to the presence of combustible hydrocarbon-based gases.
Air Science’s new Purair Flex is a portable, cost-effective flexible film isolator. The isolator provides containment solutions to meet any analytical need.
COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Oseco’s high-performance explosion vent is designed for high-cycling applications.
COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Preventing combustible dust explosions in food processing plants is a topic of widespread concern, and dust collectors are often at risk. This article provides general guidelines on applying the right standards to protect against combustible dust explosions.
State and federal officials investigating the cause of the deadly blast June 13 at the Williams Companies Inc. plant near Gonzales plan to inspect a key element of the facility this week that one federal investigator said "failed catastrophically."
A Japanese plastics maker will spend $500 million to expand its plants in Plaquemine and Addis, part of an ongoing investment boom by refiners and chemical producers in Louisiana. Shintech will expand its production capacity by more than 10 percent, Japanese parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. said in a news release last week.
There are few more sophisticated and complex high-heat metallurgy manufacturing processes — and few with less tolerance for error — than the processes involved in manufacturing components of the hot-section of an aviation gas turbine engine. This precision minimizes the risk of catastrophic aviation disasters such as uncontrolled engine failure.
As we grow up, we often get wonderful gifts from mom and dad. Gifts such as intelligence, passion, communication and leadership skills. We also get gifts from different mentors, which can complement the ones from our parents. As adults, business leaders bring these childhood gifts — or lack thereof — to the companies they lead.
LEVEL MEASUREMENT: KROHNE has released the OPTIFLEX 2200. The device is a Guided Radar TDR Level Meter for measuring distance, level, volume and mass. Its modular design can make the device an economical and reliable solution for common applications.
ATEX- IECEx Certified Inductive Sensors are designed for use in extreme environments.
You are feeling a little under the weather and finally make an appointment to go see your family doctor. He does a cursory examination, and decides you need surgery immediately. Wouldn’t you want a more thorough exam? What about a CAT scan, an MRI, an EKG, or some other tests?
The president and at least two other executives of a Louisiana explosives recycling company were among six people arrested Tuesday in the investigation of how the material was stored. The Explo Systems employees were indicted June 10 and allowed to turn themselves in. Each is free on $50,000 bond.
Larson Electronic's WAL-M-LED60-120 LED Magnetic Mount LED Flood Light with Pedestal Base is a pedestal light that has been built to provide maximum versatility in a compact yet powerful work light design.
Though industrial Ethernet has been evolving for many years, it is quickly becoming the foundation for many manufacturing applications. Industrial Ethernet provides the connectivity and communication that today’s applications demand for productivity and efficiency improvement.
The state won't stand in the way of a fertilizer plant that a Pakistan-based group is developing in southwestern Indiana despite reservations expressed by Gov. Mike Pence, his office said Tuesday. Pence directed the Indiana Finance Authority not to block Posey County from backing the Midwest Fertilizer Corp. plant.
There are 16 fertilizer production sites in Texas like the one that exploded in West, but authorities aren't clear how many of those might be located near schools or other residential centers, top state officials said Monday. Other state officials told lawmakers that 129 facilities store at least 5 tons of ammonium nitrate and other potentially explosive materials.
Smithfield Foods Inc. is laying off 120 more workers as part of its previously announced closure of a Virginia facility that makes hot dogs and deli meat. The Smithfield, Va.-based pork producer said Tuesday that it plans to close the Portsmouth plant in the middle of August.
Pantex, the country's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly plant, has completed main construction on a $35 million project that is designed to improve fire protection at the facility. The new construction comes after the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board raised safety concerns earlier this year about more than a decade of delays in completing improvements to an aging fire protection system at the West Texas facility.
In many of my posts I have expressed my belief that true performance improvement comes from changing behavior. I’ve also invested many words on my own site on the topic. Accordingly, I’ve mentioned many times that metrics will drive behavior. Our goal is to identify or create metrics that deliberately drive desired behavior.
The city of Hoboken has agreed to be the guinea pig for a federal and state program to fortify its electrical system against storms like Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced the agreement Thursday with the federal Department of Energy, state Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G and Sandia National Laboratories.