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10,000-Gallon Tank Explodes at Pa. Plant; 1 Dead

August 20, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank exploded at an industrial park on Monday and went flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby. The tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area, but the spill was contained, firefighters said.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Conn. Nuclear Plant Unit Operating Again

August 15, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

A spokesman for Dominion Resources Inc.'s nuclear power plant in Connecticut says the unit that was shut down last week because of a malfunction is generating electricity again. According to the company, Unit 3 was reconnected to the grid on Wednesday.

FEA Aids Deepwater Horizon Failure Forensics (Part I)

August 15, 2013 11:00 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.

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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.

Calif. Coastal Panel Takes up Offshore Fracking

August 15, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

California regulators on Thursday were set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s. The California Coastal Commission added the issue at the last minute to its agenda during its monthly meeting.

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.

Republic Steel Faces $1.1M in Fines for Violations

August 14, 2013 10:34 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. OSHA said the company failed to provide workers enough protection from falling off runway girder.

Beavers Released into Wild After Utah Fuel Spill

August 14, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

Five beavers that were rescued from a March diesel fuel spill in Utah were released back into the wild on Tuesday after being treated for respiratory and other problems. Wildlife officials recovered the animals after a Chevron pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

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Pipeline Fire Lights Up Sky in Ill.; No Injuries

August 13, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A fuel pipeline beneath a western Illinois cornfield has exploded, sending flames 300 feet into the sky and prompting dozens of evacuations, fire officials said. The massive Whiteside County fire was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday after residents heard a blast.

BP Sues to Get New Contracts After Oil Spill

August 13, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

BP on Monday sued the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Salad Mix Production Halted After Stomach Bug

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

Taylor Farms de Mexico voluntarily suspended production of salad mix that's been linked to the outbreak of a stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska, the company announced Monday. The is expected to last several weeks as the company assists federal authorities in their investigation into the cyclosporiasis outbreak.

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.

10 Exposed to Radiation at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 12, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

Ten workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant were exposed Monday to small amounts of radiation while conducting cleanup activities, the plant's operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is still investigating how the workers were contaminated.

Feds in Wis. Sue Ky.-Based PharMerica Corp.

August 12, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors in Milwaukee sued a Kentucky-based pharmaceuticals services firm on Friday, accusing PharMerica Corp. of illegally dispensing addictive narcotics without proper oversight. The lawsuit was prompted by a 2009 whistleblower report.

Calif. Lawmakers Ask for Offshore Fracking Probe

August 9, 2013 10:07 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A group of California state lawmakers has asked the federal government to investigate hydraulic fracturing off the state's coast. Unlike fracking on land, fracking in federal waters is less common and has not received the same attention.

10 Indicted for Ala. Oil Spill Fund Fraud

August 9, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

Alabama officials say 10 people accused of filing fraudulent BP oil spill compensation claims have been indicted. The defendants are accused of creating and submitting fraudulent documents claiming that they lost income because of the oil spill.

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.

BP Ordered to Pay Settlement Administrator $130M

August 8, 2013 10:38 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbie on Wednesday ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

Dead Miners' Families Demand $1.5M Each in Promised Settlement

August 8, 2013 10:13 am | by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources has yet to pay them each $1.5 million as promised under a settlement with the federal government. But Alpha said Wednesday it has "fully complied" with the deal.

UMWA, Rockefeller Call for Action on Black Lung

August 7, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America has joined Sen. Jay Rockefeller in criticizing the administration for its failure to enact regulations that could curb the rise of black lung disease. Union President Cecil Roberts said the disease is preventable and current coal-dust standards put miners at unnecessary risk every day.

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