Federal inspectors have cleared the Shearon Harris nuclear plant reactor to restart after Duke Energy Corp. fixed a year-old problem with the reactor vessel's covering, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. A spokesperson said the date the plant would begin generating electricity again was being withheld for competitive reasons.
Public uneasiness over the safety of nuclear power remains high in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. PBS NewsHour's Miles O'Brien takes a closer look at nuclear safety across the globe and takes a trip to the Indian Point Power Plant in Buchanan, N.Y.
The similarities between the two worst factory fires in China's history suggest that little has changed for industrial workers even as the country has transformed its economy. The bolted doors are emblematic of the often callous approach to worker safety in China and an annual death toll in the tens of thousands.
Megan Cramer, 46, died Feb. 19 in a gas explosion that destroyed JJ's restaurant and injured several other people. A drilling project was underway outside the restaurant, where Cramer was a hostess, when a gas line was severed. Cramer's parents have filed suit against several companies.
Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township.
Today the legacy of Hanford Nuclear Reservation is less about what was made here than the environmental mess left behind — and the federal government's inability, for nearly a quarter-century now, to rid Hanford once and for all of its worst hazard: 56 million gallons of toxic waste cached in aging underground tanks.
A worker has been critically injured in an accident at a giant U.S.-owned mine in Indonesia two weeks after the collapse of an underground room killed 28 people. Mine operator PT Freeport Indonesia says liquid ore material flowed into a truck during maintenance activities on Friday, injuring its driver.
Robert Paine, a first responder to the deadly fertilizer explosion in West, Texas, discusses his experience in the wake of the disaster. Paine was shielded from the explosion and survived, having no memory of the explosion. Twelve firefighters were killed in the explosion.
A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.
Moody's says it might downgrade Omaha Public Power District credit ratings because of the lingering problems at its nuclear power plant. Moody's says it's reviewing OPPD's ratings for a possible downgrade because the restart of Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has been delayed again.
Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings, although officials still aren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode.
Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower, citing headaches, nausea and other health problems associated with the spill.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.
South Korea's trade and energy ministry said Tuesday a company contracted to conduct tests fabricated the results for cables that failed to meet international standards for capacity to withstand changes in voltage and pressure. It warned that the plant shutdowns would result in summer power shortages.
Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.
Chem.Info's recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we highlight refrigeration safety. Ammonia refrigeration leaks pose both safety and economic risks to food companies, but many are unaware of these hazards.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, The Associated Press has learned.
Japan pledged better safety practices for its troubled nuclear industry Tuesday after an accident at a government research facility that exposed 33 people to minor excess radiation and had not been immediately disclosed. Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said the government will tighten oversight.
Sunland Inc., the eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak, is back in production. Company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.
More than one million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant. The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the reactor's restart virtually impossible.
Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.
The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 19 others were injured by the explosion, which ripped through the plant in Shandong province on Monday.
National Instruments has collaborated with a number of electronics design companies, such as Elenco and Pitsco Eudcation, to build single-board experiments in operating an electrical grid, analyzing the earthquake resistance of a structure, or the power output of an RC car via dynamometer — to name a few.
Federal nuclear regulators are meeting with managers from Westinghouse Electric Co. to talk about safety at the company's nuclear fuel fabrication plant near Columbia. Officials from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are slated to hold a public meeting at the South Carolina State Museum on Tuesday.