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 explore the recent ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas.
Food processing and packaging equipment is complex and multi-faceted, often with difficult-to-reach areas that can house biofilms and food soils that may result in microbiological hazards. Hidden surfaces lead to inadequate sanitation if not properly addressed, but those are not the only danger zones.
A very large fire started by a paper lantern has consumed more than 100,000 tons of plastic materials at a recycling facility in central England. Fire services said Monday more than 200 firefighters fought the blaze near the city of Birmingham.
The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill said Thursday that it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown-out well in 2010. "That is not an easy task," U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing.
Pest birds cost individuals and businesses millions of dollars each year in clean-up expenses, repairs and damaged equipment. Some large industrial facilities spend as much as six figures to combat pest bird problems. Implementing a preventative bird control program is means of reducing these costs.
A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.
Southern California Edison, operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are laying off 600 employees as the troubled facility begins to shut down for good. The Orange County Register says nonunion employees will begin receiving pink slips in about two months.
A reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has been shut down so crews can perform repairs on equipment after a small leak was detected. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the leak was discovered Wednesday in Unit 1 during routine maintenance, and that it was contained within the plant.
Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), has been around long enough, having been established in 1939, to gain a reputation of being one of the area’s best employers. But back in 2010, BCI’s executives and upper management decided its plant floor safety initiatives needed an overhaul.
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With an ad blitz and a tersely worded letter to Gulf Coast businesses, BP is mounting an increasingly aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands are trying to contain a propane leak that forced the evacuation of some 100 guests from two nearby hotels. St. Croix Fire Chief Angel Torres said crews on Tuesday were trying to minimize the effects on air quality.
A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker. Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling grain bins Tuesday at the Union Mills Co-op in Union Mills likely exposed smoldering grain to the wind.
Shareholders angry at the utility company behind Japan's nuclear catastrophe peppered executives with questions Wednesday about leaking radioactive water and demanded a phase-out of atomic power. Fifteen such motions from shareholders were defeated at an annual shareholders' meeting.
In a motion filed with the Public Utilities Commission, the state Division of Ratepayer Advocates says California regulators should immediately slash hundreds of millions of dollars from utility customer bills because the San Onofre nuclear power plant is being shut down permanently.
The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.
Alberta's tar sands are some of the largest oil reserves in the world. TransCanada's plan to build a pipeline, known as Keystone XL, from Alberta into the U.S. heartland has raised concerns among environmental activists, pitting environmental concerns against an industry push to increase production.
COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: The safe removal of residual dust is a critical element when processing solids. It’s also needed throughout production, from active ingredient handling through packaging and shipment of finished product.
An explosion Monday inside a grain elevator killed a worker at a sprawling northwestern Indiana farm co-op, authorities said. The cause of the blast at the Union Mills Co-op remained unknown Monday evening several hours after the blast.
An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil. The U.S. Energy Department said workers at Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity levels under tank AY-102 during a routine inspection.
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COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Preventing combustible dust explosions in food processing plants is a topic of widespread concern, and dust collectors are often at risk. This article provides general guidelines on applying the right standards to protect against combustible dust explosions.
State and federal officials investigating the cause of the deadly blast June 13 at the Williams Companies Inc. plant near Gonzales plan to inspect a key element of the facility this week that one federal investigator said "failed catastrophically."