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Valley Fever Hits 28 at Solar Plant Sites

May 1, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California. Valley fever is contracted by breathing spores from a fungus found in desert soil. It can cause flu-like symptoms and death in extreme cases.

Such Great Heights

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Much like the rest of the physical world, the manufacturing environment is constantly battling against the challenges of time and space. Manufacturers who are considering going to "the next level" must evaluate equipment and ensure their industrial work platforms fit their own needs, as well as OSHA and ANSI requirements.

Company Aims to Move Lawsuit Over Chemical Cloud Release

April 29, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

A defendant in a class-action lawsuit over the release of chemicals at a plant in El Dorado wants the lawsuit moved to federal court. The suit relates to the December chemical cloud that forced up to 500 people from their homes and the evacuation of the Union County Sheriff's Office and jail.

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6 Lawsuits Emerge from Fertilizer Plant Blast

April 29, 2013 11:00 am | News | Comments

The deadly Central Texas fertilizer plant explosion has now spawned six lawsuits, including one from the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in the blast. Fourteen people died and more than 200 were injured by the April 17 blast in the small Central Texas town of West.

Perry Hits Back at 'Booming Business' Cartoon

April 29, 2013 10:44 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in Texas, then shows an explosion, a week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people in a Texas town.

Unlocking Potential for Greater Productivity & Accuracy

April 26, 2013 3:36 pm | by Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Center Operations, Intermec | Articles | Comments

Facing rising operational costs and growing awareness of consumer food safety, growers and companies are under increased pressure to improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction and safety. Food traceability solutions are particularly imperative for achieving rapid responses to potential product recalls.

Utah Copper Mine Landslide Will Hurt State Economy

April 26, 2013 10:43 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The landslide that washed over the terraced steps of a mining pit nearly a mile deep left only the tip of one giant electric-powered shovel poking out of the dirt. The rubble buried a total of three of them, along with 14 enormous haul trucks.

Honeywell Eyes June Restart of Metropolis Plant

April 26, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

A southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel is calling back workers in hopes of resuming operations in June, staffed with 135 salaried and another 135 hourly workers. The plant was forced into a yearlong shutdown due to regulator-requested upgrades.

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Lawmakers Probe Gaps in Fertilizer Plant Rules

April 26, 2013 10:31 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

As investigators try to determine what caused an April 17 fire and explosion that killed 14 and injured hundreds, top congressional Democrats are examining whether gaps in federal regulations might be placing at risk those who work and live near more than 6,000 fertilizer plants.

Obama Speaks to Families, Survivors of Texas Blast

April 26, 2013 10:21 am | by DANNY ROBBINS & JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief, and they will have the nation's support to rebuild from the devastation.

Effects of Deepwater Oil Spill Still Felt in Florida

April 26, 2013 9:59 am | by NBC2 | Videos | Comments

Nearly three years after a deadly explosion aboard BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig that spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, businesses in Southwest Florida, especially those involved in fishing and tourism, are still feeling the sting.

REGS REPORT: Food Defense & the FSMA

April 25, 2013 4:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

As the Food Safety Modernization Act continues to be implemented, more regulations and guidelines will be focused on food defense and the prevention of intentional contamination events. Many resources are there to help food manufacturers improve their food defense strategies.

California Shuts Down Hazardous Battery Recycler

April 25, 2013 10:15 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of complaints from the surrounding community, state environmental officials on Wednesday ordered a Southern California battery recycling company to suspend operations after saying hazardous metal sludge was being discharged into leaking pipelines.

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Fathers, Firefighters: Lives Lost in West, Texas

April 25, 2013 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns that were on the scene trying to control the fire that preceded the blast.

Appeals Court Upholds EPA Block on W.Va. Mine

April 24, 2013 10:40 am | by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water pollution permit for one of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Fla. AG: BP Should Pay $5 Billion for Spill

April 24, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has disclosed that she's seeking more than $5.4 billion in damages from BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Bondi told reporters on Tuesday that she offered to settle the state's claim but never got a response from BP.

BPI Fined $450K for 2007 Waterloo Accident

April 24, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act regulations from a 2007 incident at a Waterloo packing plant during which more than 1,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released, killing one worker and injuring another.

West Begins Post-Explosion Recovery

April 24, 2013 10:26 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known.

Iowa Pipeline Explosion Lawsuit Settled

April 23, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

A construction company and a natural gas pipeline owner have settled a lawsuit filed after a northwest Iowa pipeline explosion nearly a year ago, which nearly killed two workers who ran and escaped fatal injury before an underground pipeline erupted into a fireball.

Prepare For Disaster (And Minimize Downtime)

April 22, 2013 10:28 am | Articles | Comments

Disasters come in many sizes and shapes and are often unexpected, which is why manufacturers must prepare for them, treating disaster recovery plans almost as an insurance policy. And they do happen, often at the most inconvenient times.

Safety Rules Limited for Small Fertilizer Plants

April 22, 2013 10:09 am | by JACK GILLUM & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week, though it was authorized to handle up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a substance the Texas environmental agency considers flammable and potentially toxic.

10 First Responders Killed in Texas Blast

April 22, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

At least 14 people died in last Wednesday's explosion at the plant in the Texas town of West. West Mayor Tommy Muska has said that 10 of the 14 who died were first responders. The blast at the West Fertilizer Co. also injured 200 people.

Some Residents Return Home After Texas Blast

April 22, 2013 9:49 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN & WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Stranded families growing weary and frustrated since a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion left them barricaded from their battered homes finally began returning Saturday, but only under a curfew and strict warnings to not wander beyond their own yards.

Japan Nuke Cleanup May Take 40+ Yrs

April 22, 2013 9:41 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team, Juan Carlos Lentijo, said Monday that damage at the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant in Fukushima is so complex that it is "impossible" to predict how long the cleanup may last.

OSHA Last Inspected Texas Fertilizer Plant in 1985

April 19, 2013 10:17 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) most recently inspected the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night in 1985, when the plant was issued a $30 fine for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia.

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