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Groups Spar Over Use of Money in Power Plant Fight

August 21, 2013 9:21 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A free-market advocacy group that opposes Mississippi Power's $4.7 billion coal-fired power plant under construction in Kemper County now finds itself on the defensive, accused of using public funds in the fight against the plant.  

Sugar Company Fined for Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Pau, Idaho. The EPA announced the enforcement action Monday.   

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part I)

August 20, 2013 8:36 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings.


Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part III)

August 19, 2013 11:44 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

While it might look good on paper, and the chosen fixtures indeed properly rated and certified explosion proof, the use of lower grade fixtures almost guarantees the need for more frequent maintenance intervals in order to ensure premature fixture degradation and failure does not occur.

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part II)

August 19, 2013 11:41 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Explosion proof fixtures provide protection by preventing any ignitions within the fixture housing from igniting the atmosphere outside of the fixture. Intrinsically safe fixtures are more specialized and provide their protection by being low powered and incapable of producing enough heat or spark to produce ignition.

NC Files More Lawsuits Against Duke Energy

August 19, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

The state of North Carolina has filed additional lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to force the utility to address water pollution coming from coal ash at 12 power plants, expanding the litigation to cover all the company's coal-fired plants in the state.

Financing Puts Hold on Uranium Deconversion Plant

August 19, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

An Idaho-based company that plans to build a facility in southeastern New Mexico to make uranium waste safe for long-term disposal has put its plans on hold because of a funding shortage, though the company says it remains committed to building the $125 million uranium deconversion plant.

Gov Visits First Injection Oil Wells in Montana

August 19, 2013 10:19 am | by MATT GOURAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock joined oil company officials on Friday to laud the state's first production carbon dioxide injection oil field as a big step forward. Denbury Resources Inc. held a ribbon-cutting at its Bell Creek plant in southeastern Montana.


Kentucky Plant Closure Disrupts Workers' Lives

August 19, 2013 10:02 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In May, the operators of the Cold War-era plant located a few miles outside Paducah in McCracken County announced they would shut it down. They laid off about 160 employees at the end of last week and expect to let another 100 go in October. Uranium-enrichment work ceased weeks ago.

FEA Aids Deepwater Horizon Failure Forensics (Part II)

August 19, 2013 9:37 am | by DET NORSKE VERITAS (U.S.A) | Articles | Comments

One of the key tools in the government-sponsored study into the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a technology that allows for a range of conditions, or multiphysics, to be simulated.

Regs Report: Updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act

August 15, 2013 9:38 am | by Kimberley Schmitt, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Regs Report feature presents new and emerging regulations and enables readers to better achieve compliance. In this installment, we explore the Chemical Safety Improvement Act legislation, which will serve to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

Ind. Justice Won't Withdraw from Power Plant Case

August 15, 2013 8:34 am | by RICK CALLAHAN ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa said Wednesday he won't withdraw from a case involving a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant, rejecting arguments that his longtime friendship with a representative of the plant's developers would leave him unable to be impartial in that case.

3 Injured in Georgia Chemical Plant Blast

August 15, 2013 8:24 am | News | Comments

Authorities in south Georgia say at least three people have been injured in a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex. Valdosta fire officials say more than 40 firefighters responded to the blaze at the Gil Harbin Industrial Park Wednesday afternoon.


Coal-Fired Ark. Power Plant Wins Award

August 13, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Southwestern Electric Power Co. has won an award from Power magazine for its coal-fired electric generation plant in Hempstead County. SWEPCO said Monday that the plant is operating at greater efficiency than the company envisioned.  

Consol Energy: Production Resumes in 2 Coal Mines

August 13, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

Operations at the Bailey Preparation Plant in southwestern Pennsylvania had resumed after a "partial structural failure" in a new belt system used to carry coal from the company's Bailey and Enlow Fork mines to a railroad loading area.

5 Quick Questions: Greg Matter, Supply Chain Consultant

August 12, 2013 2:53 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This edition of 5 Quick Questions offers insight from supply chain consultant Greg Matter as he discusses the benefits Asian tech companies see in expanding their U.S. manufacturing footprint. According to the business consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle, there has been a significant uptick in the number of tech manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2001.

Fla. Residents Angered Over Scrapped Nuke Plant

August 12, 2013 11:09 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida's Levy and Citrus counties' current and future economic prospects dimmed considerably when Duke Energy Corp. announced earlier this month that it will not build a plant in Levy after saying earlier this year that it would not rebuild the Crystal River Plant in Citrus.

Drilling Water Recycling Plant Proposed in W.Va.

August 12, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

Wheeling planners are considering a company's proposal to open a plant that would recycle wastewater from natural gas drilling. The Wheeling Planning Commission is expected to make a decision on GreenHunter Water's application at a meeting on Monday.

State Defers Showdown on Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

August 12, 2013 10:35 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A debate over the rising cost of building a first-of-its-kind nuclear plant in Georgia will be pushed far into the future. Regulators at the Public Service Commission were facing a legal dilemma ever since Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power asked in February to raise its construction budget.

Why Big Data Is Meaningless

August 12, 2013 9:56 am | by Michael Rothschild, Founder and CEO, Profit Velocity Solutions | Articles | Comments

Vendors, managers and bloggers often cite the benefits of “big data,” though most miss the mark in understanding exactly what it is used for, and how it is analyzed. By itself, big data is just raw material without a focus on bottom-line results.

Group Says Iowa Sets Biodiesel Production Record

August 9, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the state has set a record for biodiesel production. The industry group says Iowa's plants produced 56.7 million gallons of biodiesel during the second quarter of 2013. Nine of the state's 12 biodiesel plants reported production.

Great Falls Refinery Hit with OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

Talent Management: Easier Hires, Better Skills, More Compliance

August 8, 2013 2:27 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

There is an epidemic of sorts within the high-tech manufacturing community, and a large portion of this skilled labor shortage cannot be solved by any given manufacturer — in many cases, the people simply aren’t trained well enough, or aren’t willing to take on new skills.

Increased Employee Productivity Through Automation

August 8, 2013 2:19 pm | by AbeTech | News | Comments

S&S Tire has experienced rapid growth in the past few years and needed to become more efficient in its warehouses to service growing customer demand. The lack of defined bin locations in its warehouses made locating tires difficult, time consuming, and costly.

Power Outage Causes Wastewater Discharge

August 8, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

A power outage at a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant is blamed for causing about 3.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into the Mississippi River. The outage occurred Wednesday at the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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