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New U.S. Rules on Coal Emissions Due This Week

September 16, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

The coal industry is bracing for new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants fired by coal. The rules are expected to emerge by week's end from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to media reports. 

Fire Shelter Technology

September 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intertec now offers ‘1709’ fire-resistant shelters, designed to protect critical safety equipment from exposure to high temperature fires in hazardous areas on ships and on offshore drilling, processing and storage platforms.

Great Falls Oil Refinery Shutting Down for Repairs

September 13, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

The oil refinery in Great Falls is suspending production for about a month while workers make needed repairs. Calumet Montana Refining LLC officials tell the Great Falls Tribune the $10 million maintenance and repair project has been planned for four years.

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Ex-U.S. Regulator: Fukushima Cleanup Complicated

September 13, 2013 10:55 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lake Barrett, a former U.S. nuclear regulator, says cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s wrecked Fukushima plant is a bigger challenge than the work he led at Three Mile Island and that ongoing radioactive water leaks are a minor part of that task.

Judge Urged to Accept Halliburton's Guilty Plea

September 13, 2013 10:51 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services and Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to approve a plea deal that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

LA County: Free Lead Tests for People Near Plant

September 13, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to offer free blood tests for lead poisoning to hundreds of thousands of residents because of worries over toxic pollution from a battery recycling plant, officials said Thursday.

Tyson Workers Evacuated After Fire

September 13, 2013 9:56 am | by WVEC | Videos | Comments

A fire at a Tyson poultry processing facility in Hannover County, Va., forced workers to evacuate early Thursday morning. This video footage shows workers leaving the plant as emergency services work to contain the blaze. The cause of the fire at the plant, just outside Richmond, has yet to be determined.

BP Seeks Cuts in Settlement Program's Budget

September 12, 2013 11:50 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.  

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Japan Protests Over French Fukushima Cartoon

September 12, 2013 11:46 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan lodged a protest Thursday against a French newspaper cartoon depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs fighting in front of the country's crippled nuclear power plant and linking it to Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

Coal Dust Fire at Wyoming Mine Burns 3 Miners

September 12, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

A fire at a Campbell County coal mine has left three coal miners with second- and third-degree burns. Officials say the men were burned while they were working to change a bearing on a chain conveyor at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine.

Hawaii Molasses Spill Killing Thousands of Fish

September 12, 2013 11:38 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fish are expected to die in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbor and kill marine life, state officials said. Hundreds of fish have been collected so far, the state Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday.

Adhesive Manufacturer Cited $200,000 in Calif. Worker Death

September 11, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

State health and safety officials have cited a Northern California adhesive manufacturing plant after temporary employee David Eleidjian was caught and crushed in a mixer's shaft at the company's Bay Point facility. He later died from his injuries.

Venezuela Gov't Claims Sabotage in Deadly Blast

September 10, 2013 10:42 am | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuela's oil minister said Monday that sabotage caused an explosion and fire last year that killed more than 40 people at the country's main oil refinery, saying someone deliberately loosened bolts and released highly flammable gas.

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The Fuss Over Fracking

September 10, 2013 10:03 am | by TIME | Videos | Comments

TIME takes a look at the recent clash over hydraulic fracturing in Bradford County, Penn. Residents there are perched atop an abundant source of natural gas which could add to the nation's clean energy supply while infusing the region with cash, but locals are worried about the social and environmental costs.

Calif. Utility Asks Public to Pay $808M for Plant

September 9, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

The power utility that co-owns San Onofre, the recently shuttered nuclear plant, is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to let it recover its investments by collecting more than $800 million from customers. Regulators are evaluating the request.

2 Evansville Firefighters Hurt at Factory Blaze

September 9, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Officials say two Evansville firefighters were treated at a hospital after they were hurt at the scene of a blaze at a plastics manufacturing plant. Crews were called to the Industrial Plastics Group factory on Sunday after a passer-by saw smoke coming from the building.

Shell to Negotiate with Nigerians Over Oil Spill

September 9, 2013 10:10 am | by CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell officials on Monday began talks in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives from the Bodo community. The groups discussed compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria's history.

Demand, Supply, Accidents

September 9, 2013 9:40 am | by Animal Planet | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters, discusses how, in his view, rising demand for petroleum drives oil drilling companies to increasingly risky places, endangering the lives of animals by disrupting the ecosystem.  

BP, Feds Offer Dueling Gulf Spill Estimates

September 6, 2013 10:14 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

Cooper Nuke Plant in SE Neb. Performing Well

September 6, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators say the Cooper nuclear power plant continues to operate safely and doesn't need additional oversight. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a mid-year performance update for Cooper and all the nation's nuclear power plants on Thursday.

SKorea Bans Fish from NE Japan on Radiation Fears

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by EUN-YOUNG JEONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea announced Friday that it was banning all fish imports from along Japan's northeastern coast because of what officials called growing public worry over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

OSHA and EPA on Accidental Releases

September 6, 2013 9:16 am | by Scott Dunsmore, VP of Business Resources and Development, Lion Technology | Articles | Comments

Events such as the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April and the explosions at two manufacturing facilities in Louisiana in June have renewed interest in the regulations that have been established regarding accidental release prevention and facility security.

The Hidden Cost Of Summer Heat

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Megan Browning, Big Ass Fans® | Articles | Comments

High ceilings, large open spaces, and sizeable mechanical obstructions can make cooling manufacturing and warehousing spaces difficult. Uncomfortable working conditions lead to heat-related illnesses and decreased productivity, which negatively affect the bottom line of the business.

Japan Invests In Ice Wall To Halt Reactor Leaks

September 3, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

The Japanese government has announced that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won't be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses the host of the 2020 Olympics.

Alloy Plant Faces Quarter-Million Dollar Fine

September 3, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Special Metals' alloy plant in Huntington, WV could face $254,000 in city fines for alleged sewer and industrial waste discharge violations. The proposed fines include $200,000 for failing to address nine unspecified violations between 2003 and February 2013.

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