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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.

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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.

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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.

Eastern Utah Power Plant Fined Over Emissions

July 3, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

The operators of a coal-fired power plant in eastern Utah have agreed to pay $35,000 to settle air-pollution violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says the Bonanza power plant was releasing too much exhaust at times.

Nuclear Break-In: Whodunnit?

July 3, 2013 9:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

On 60 Minutes Overtime, producer Graham Messick describes one of his favorite news stories. While on the lookout for a story on nuclear smuggling, the 60 Minutes team stumbled upon an attack at the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre in South Africa.

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Site of 2 Deadly La. Plant Explosions Still Closed

July 2, 2013 10:13 am | by LITTICE BACON-BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plants that were the sites of two chemical explosions a day apart in south Louisiana remained closed, and it could be months before federal investigators determine the causes of the blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to hospitals last month.

BP Agrees to Settle Suits Filed Over Tainted Gas

July 2, 2013 9:55 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has agreed to a $7 million settlement to resolve lawsuits filed last year after the oil giant recalled about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states. Several law firms had sued BP Products North America Inc. on behalf of thousands of consumers who bought the incorrectly formulated gas in August 2012 in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Dodging Disaster: Tyson Foods Inc.

July 1, 2013 12:58 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | 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 explore the recent ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas.

Refurbish Machines for Increased Food Safety

July 1, 2013 12:48 pm | by Bob Shapiro, CEO, GSC Packaging | Articles | Comments

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.

Paper Lantern Starts Fire at UK Recycling Plant

July 1, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

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.

Judge: Determining Size of BP Spill No 'Easy Task'

June 28, 2013 10:24 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 & Corrosive Droppings

June 27, 2013 1:35 pm | by Chrissy Hansen, Bird-X Media Correspondent | Articles | Comments

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. 

Fertilizer Plant Explosion Investigators Report Lax Regulation of Chemicals

June 27, 2013 10:40 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

600 San Onofre Workers to Get Pink Slips

June 27, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

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.

Diablo Canyon Reactor Shut Down After Small Leak

June 27, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

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: Making Heavy Industry a Safer Place

June 27, 2013 9:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

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.

DC/AC Particulate Monitors

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Chem.Info Staff | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Auburn Systems’ TRIBO particulate monitors and detectors illustrate the advantage of DC/AC technology for detecting baghouse emissions.

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