By a 4-to-1 ratio, Exxon Mobil shareholders defeated a resolution to explicitly ban discrimination against gays. The Exxon board had argued that the company already banned discrimination of any type and didn't need to add language regarding gays.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.
New complaints about the odor coming from a Green Bay area plant that processes animal fats and food waste has some Brown County supervisors pushing harder to punish the owners if the matter isn't addressed soon. A supervisor says the county has provided plenty of time for Sanimax to fix the odor problems.
A public hearing in Charleston is focusing on whether a power plant transaction between two FirstEnergy subsidiaries makes sense. The Public Service Commission begins hearing testimony Wednesday and continues through Friday. FirstEnergy officials say the hearing could continue into next week.
If a company issues and follows good security policies for its desktops and laptops, both are likely to be more secure than any tablet or mobile phone because of the limited actions needed to secure them. Businesses that allow employees to use mobile devices need to be aware of their vulnerabilities.
Chem.Info's recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we highlight refrigeration safety. Ammonia refrigeration leaks pose both safety and economic risks to food companies, but many are unaware of these hazards.
Businesses in Paducah are bracing for uncertainty in the wake of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's expected closure at the end of the month. The shutdown will put more than 1,100 workers out of high-paying jobs with benefits and will impact local suppliers.
Kosher describes foods that meet dietary laws, based in the Old Testament, on what is fit for people to eat. The dietary laws predominantly deal with three issues. Some animals like cattle and finned fish are allowed, while others like pork and shellfish aren't.
The Nevada Senate endorsed NV Energy Inc.'s plan Wednesday to retire coal-fired power plants and pave the way for the state's biggest electrical utility to transition to more renewable sources. After several revisions, SB123 was approved unanimously and now moves to the Assembly.
Volkswagen has reached another production milestone at its assembly plant in Chattanooga. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the 250,000 Passat midsize sedan has rolled off the assembly line.
Sunland Inc., the eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak, is back in production. Company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.
More than one million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant. The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday.
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it.
Engineers are used to making financial decisions based on factual inputs and realistic assumptions. Determining whether to invest in a project using the return on investment (ROI) accounting method has long been a safe & consistent decision making tool.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the reactor's restart virtually impossible.
Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.
The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 19 others were injured by the explosion, which ripped through the plant in Shandong province on Monday.
WATER/WASTEWATER: GE’s Power Conversion business has announced that it has won a contract of more than $10 million to supply eight pump drive trains, as well as process automation for the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, located in Abu Dhabi.
National Instruments has collaborated with a number of electronics design companies, such as Elenco and Pitsco Eudcation, to build single-board experiments in operating an electrical grid, analyzing the earthquake resistance of a structure, or the power output of an RC car via dynamometer — to name a few.
Virtualization, the practice of using a software layer to let one physical computing server run multiple applications on virtual machines, enables manufacturers to maximize their return on hardware investments while conserving precious real estate on the plant floor.
An engineering firm accused of firing a whistleblower for reporting unsafe conditions at an eastern Kansas nuclear power plant plans to appeal the ruling by federal regulators, the firm said Monday.
The $1.1 billion cost of selling a coal-fired power plant from one FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary to another is "a reasonable price for protection" against the more expensive option of buying electricity on the spot market to meet demand in West Virginia, a utility executive said Monday.
A longtime coal operator plans to open seven mines in the heart of the eastern Kentucky coalfields in a venture expected to create more than 250 jobs in a hard-pressed region where several thousand mining jobs have disappeared in recent years.
WATER/WASTEWATER: Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, has reduced the energy consumption of a wastewater pumping station in Sweden by 50 percent using its award-winning Flygt Experior solution.
Alpha Natural Resources faces a proposed $6,000 civil fine for a fatal accident at one of its West Virginia mines. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training cited Alpha for modifying a scoop. A state rule prohibits equipment modifications that limit visibility.