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Explosion-Proof High Bay LED Light

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

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Larson Electronics’ powerful high bay LED light provides a source of explosion-proof rated illumination that is easily mounted and adjusted.

BP Mounts Offensive in Spill Settlement Dispute

June 26, 2013 11:14 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

USVI Struggles to Cap Propane Leak in St. Croix

June 26, 2013 11:10 am | News | Comments

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.

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Indiana Grain Elevator on Fire Day After Blast

June 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

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.

Japan Utility Behind Nuke Crisis Faces Investors

June 26, 2013 11:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

Motion Calls for Rate Cut for San Onofre Closure

June 26, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

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.

Report: Plant Explosion Released Toxic Chemicals

June 26, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

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.

Keystone XL Pits Energy Demands Against Environmental Concerns

June 25, 2013 2:41 pm | by PBS | Videos | Comments

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.

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Re-Engineered Central Dust Collection System Delivers Cost, Safety Benefits

June 25, 2013 2:19 pm | Articles | Comments

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.

Indiana Grain Elevator Blast Kills Worker

June 25, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

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.

Hanford Tank May Be Leaking Nuclear Waste Into Soil

June 25, 2013 9:40 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Combustible Gas Detector

June 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: General Monitors’ Point IR Combustible Gas Detector features a three-second response time to the presence of combustible hydrocarbon-based gases.

Explosion Vent

June 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Oseco’s high-performance explosion vent is designed for high-cycling applications.

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Understanding Combustible Dust Standards For Food Manufacturing

June 24, 2013 4:27 pm | by Tony Supine, Plant Manager & Mike Walters, Senior Engineer, Camfil Farr APC | Articles | Comments

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.

Investigators to Examine Heat Exchanger in La. Plant Explosion

June 24, 2013 11:06 am | News | Comments

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."

Shell Nigeria: Explosion Forces Pipeline Closure

June 21, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Shell Nigeria says an explosion and fire caused by oil theft have forced it to shut down its Trans Niger Pipeline that carries 150,000 barrels of crude a day. Thursday's statement said the theft of oil, known as bunkering, caused the conflagration at Bodo West in Ogoniland.

Inductive Sensors

June 20, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

ATEX- IECEx Certified Inductive Sensors are designed for use in extreme environments.

Scan Before You Replace

June 20, 2013 9:53 am | by Brian Lambert, The Garland Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

You are feeling a little under the weather and finally make an appointment to go see your family doctor. He does a cursory examination, and decides you need surgery immediately. Wouldn’t you want a more thorough exam? What about a CAT scan, an MRI, an EKG, or some other tests?

6 Arrested in La. Explosives Investigation

June 20, 2013 9:17 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president and at least two other executives of a Louisiana explosives recycling company were among six people arrested Tuesday in the investigation of how the material was stored. The Explo Systems employees were indicted June 10 and allowed to turn themselves in. Each is free on $50,000 bond.

Japan OKs New Nuke Safety Requirements

June 19, 2013 9:04 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for atomic power plants Wednesday, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster. The new requirements approved by the Nuclear Regulation Authority will take effect on July 8, when operators will be able to apply for inspections.

Action Needed on NM Mine Due to Cancer

June 19, 2013 9:01 am | News | Comments

Western New Mexico residents say federal officials need to either move the tailings from an abandoned uranium mill near Milan or relocate the owners of about 75 nearby homes. The Albuquerque Journal reports that residents told a top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official Tuesday that a cluster of cancer cases in subdivisions near the Homestake Mining Co. uranium mill show a need for immediate action by the agency.

W.Va. Mine Safety Lab Creates Disasters to Train

June 19, 2013 8:55 am | by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Running Right Leadership Academy is a $23 million training complex dedicated to teaching miners how to avoid injury and death in any disaster in one of the most dangerous work environments. Alpha Natural Resources calls it the only facility of its kind in the world, a place where crises can be created but controlled, giving miners realistic preparation for the day they hope will never come.

After the Ark. Spill: The Future of the Oil Industry

June 18, 2013 9:45 am | by Al Jazeera | Videos | Comments

In the wake of a ruptured pipeline that coated an Arkansas town in oil over two months ago, residents are complaining about illnesses that could be related to the spill. Al Jazeera take a look at the environmental controls being placed on the U.S. oil industry and what their possible impact on public health could be.

2 Remain Hospitalized After Explosions in La.

June 17, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Federal investigators are at two chemical plants that were the sites of fatal explosions last week, and two people remain hospitalized. CF Industries Holdings Inc. spokeswoman Blythe Lamonica says a team from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was at the plant Sunday.

Nuclear Weapons Plant to Improve Fire Safety

June 17, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

Pantex, the country's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly plant, has completed main construction on a $35 million project that is designed to improve fire protection at the facility. The new construction comes after the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board raised safety concerns earlier this year about more than a decade of delays in completing improvements to an aging fire protection system at the West Texas facility.

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