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MS Meat Plants Often Cited for Food Safety Violations

July 15, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

More than two dozen Mississippi slaughterhouses and poultry meat processing plants have violated sanitation or food safety guidelines over the past decade — and most did both, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. It says that 50 such facilities owned by 35 companies have racked up 69 violations resulting in 31 enforcement actions.

Cosmetics Plant Worker Settles Suit Over Workplace Sex Assault

July 15, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

A woman has settled a lawsuit against Cosmetic Essence Inc. stemming from a sexual assault at the company's plant in Roanoke. According to the federal lawsuit, both the woman and her assailant worked at the plant. The lawsuit alleged that Cosmetic Essence didn't check the assailant's criminal background, which would have shown he was a sex offender.

Neb. Nuclear Plant Remains Offline for Repairs

July 15, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has missed another target date for restarting, so the Omaha Public Power District might have to endure another summer of buying electricity to meet peak demand. OPPD officials say they've addressed most of what regulators want them to do, but more work remains.

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NRC Issues Violation for Missed Nuke Plant Flaw

July 12, 2013 10:29 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Analysts hired to look for flaws inside a Duke Energy nuclear plant might have missed a tiny crack near the reactor core that went undetected for a year because they worked for weeks without a day off and may not have worked independently, a report Thursday by federal regulators said.

Body Recovery Underway in Oil Train Derailment

July 12, 2013 10:25 am | by DAVE CRARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bodies of less than half of the 50 people believed dead in a runaway oil train's explosive derailment have been recovered, nearly a week after the accident which demolished a large part of a Quebec town. Police said four more bodies had been found, bringing the total found to 24.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part IV)

July 11, 2013 4:51 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. This clip introduces viewers to the brave workers who sacrificed their lives by staying at the facility and exposing themselves to deadly levels of radiation in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

Dodging Disaster: Sunland Inc.

July 11, 2013 3:00 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

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 take a look at a recent incident at Sunland, Inc.

Emissions a Concern After Nuclear Plant Shutdown

July 11, 2013 10:15 am | by LAURA OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first legislative hearing on the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant focused on the shutdown's impact on California's greenhouse gas emissions, leaving discussion on how the plant will be safely decommissioned for future meetings.

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Japan: Radioactive Water Likely Leaking into Pacific

July 11, 2013 10:03 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain.

Crews Working to Seal Leaking Well off La. Coast

July 11, 2013 9:50 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews worked Wednesday to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said the bureau has reviewed and approved plans to seal the well.

Dodging Disaster: Omega Protein

July 11, 2013 9:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

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 take a look at a recent incident at Omega Protein.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part III)

July 11, 2013 9:37 am | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn takes viewers inside the nuclear plant as it begins to melt down.

Dodging Disaster: VPP Group

July 9, 2013 2:59 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

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 take a look at a recent incident at VPP Group.

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Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part II)

July 9, 2013 2:44 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn walks viewers through the nuclear meltdown.

Official: Flawed Tankers in Fatal Train Derailment

July 9, 2013 10:39 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lead Transportation Safety Board investigator Donald Ross told the Associated Press the rail tankers involved in a derailment and explosions that wiped out the heart of a small town in Quebec have a history of puncturing during accidents.

EPA's Abandoned Wyoming Fracking Study One Retreat of Many

July 9, 2013 8:13 am | by ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN, ProPublica | News | Comments

An EPA fracking study drew heated criticism over its methodology and awaited a peer review that promised to settle the dispute. Now the EPA will instead hand the study over to the state of Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana, the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part I)

July 8, 2013 5:29 pm | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this gripping four-part series for Discovery Channel, Paula Zahn takes viewers inside the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima DaiiChi. In this clip, Zahn narrates the early moments of the disaster as the tsunami begins to overtake the nuclear power plant.

Dodging Disaster: Sorrento Lactalis

July 8, 2013 5:21 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

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 take a look at a recent incident at Sorrento Lactalis.

Gas Line Spills 25K Gallons on Montana Reservation

July 8, 2013 10:53 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Phillips 66 pipeline with a record of prior accidents spilled an estimated 25,000 gallons of gasoline in a remote area outside a small town on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, but no public health problems were anticipated, federal officials said Friday.

'Gasland' Sequel Asserts Drillers Corrupting Gov't

July 8, 2013 10:50 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Josh Fox galvanized the U.S. anti-fracking movement with his incendiary 2010 documentary "Gasland." Now he's back with a sequel — and this time, he's targeting an audience of just one. He contends President Barack Obama's professed support of drilling and fracking for natural gas ignores the environmental and public health toll of the drilling boom.

Baseball Teams Honor West Victims, First Responders

July 8, 2013 10:38 am | by URIEL J. GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For a few hours Saturday, the beleaguered residents of West could put aside this spring's deadly fertilizer plant explosion and instead focus on which baseball team they liked better — the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros. The explosion killed 15 and injured 200.

More Deaths Expected in Crude Oil Train Crash

July 8, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

Fires continued burning more than 24 hours after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's center and killed at least one person. Police said they expected the death toll to increase.

Dodging Disaster: Tribe Mediterranean Foods

July 8, 2013 10:04 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

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 take a look at a recent incident at Tribe Mediterranean Foods.

Ex-FBI Director to Review BP Settlement Program

July 3, 2013 10:17 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Calif. Recommends Expansion of Hazardous Dump

July 3, 2013 10:07 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators are recommending allowing a major expansion of the largest hazardous waste dump in the Western United States, even though some residents blame the dump for birth defects and have opposed the expansion, officials said on Tuesday.

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