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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.

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."

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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.

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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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Hoboken, NJ Embraces Electric Grid Pilot Program

June 14, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

The city of Hoboken has agreed to be the guinea pig for a federal and state program to fortify its electrical system against storms like Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced the agreement Thursday with the federal Department of Energy, state Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G and Sandia National Laboratories.

Blast at La. Plant kills 1, Injures More Than 70

June 14, 2013 9:12 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana's health department said 77 people were treated at hospitals and 51 of those had been released by Thursday evening following an explosion at a petrochemical plant in Geismar. Hospitals reported that workers mostly had burns, cardiac and respiratory issues, and bruises.

NRC Seeking Answers: Corrosion at NC Nuke Plant Missed During Inspection

June 14, 2013 8:54 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An outside contractor hired to look for flaws in a Duke Energy nuclear reactor near Raleigh last year missed a quarter-inch spot of corrosion and cracking near the reactor core that forced a full shutdown last month after new eyes reviewing year-old data found the problem, federal regulators said Thursday.

La. State Police: Explosion at Chemical Plant

June 13, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Louisiana State Police say a reported explosion has started a fire at a chemical plant.Capt. Doug Cain says the fire broke out Thursday morning at The Williams Companies Inc. plant in the town of Geismar. The plant makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

EU Presents Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety Rules

June 13, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

The European Commission is proposing tougher nuclear safety rules, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy and how to secure aging plants. Stress tests on European nuclear plants prompted by the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant showed that almost all of them needed safety improvements.

NRC to Outline Findings at NC's Harris Nuke Plant

June 13, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Federal nuclear regulators are telling the public about their special inspection of a North Carolina nuclear power plant that was forced to shut down for more than three weeks due to a quarter-inch spot of trouble near the reactor core.

FEMA Denies Aid for Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

June 13, 2013 10:38 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. FEMA said the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration."

Pollution Control Breaks Down at Del. Refinery

June 12, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

Officials say a Delaware City Refinery unit is using backup pollution control after a malfunction that sent a dark plume of smoke billowing from a stack at the plant. A Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control alert says the problem involves an energy-recovery and pollution-control system linked to a coker, which controls emissions.

Ala. Nuclear Reactor Automatically Shuts Down

June 12, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

A nuclear reactor in Alabama automatically shut down because of an electrical problem, but regulators say there is no threat to the public. Officials report the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Farley south of Dothan automatically shut down around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Iran Denies Nuclear Power Plant Malfunction

June 11, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman is denying reports that the country's Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant has suffered a malfunction. Abbas Araghchi said at a news conference on Tuesday that no problem has been reported by responsible authorities.

NM AG: Horse Slaughter 'Barbaric,' Illegal

June 11, 2013 11:35 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, who has been a vocal opponent of plans by a southeastern New Mexico company to resume domestic horse slaughter, says state law could prohibit the operation. King says the slaughter of horses with certain drugs in their system would be a violation of the state's adulterated food act.

La. Company, Employees Indicted in Explosives Case

June 11, 2013 11:32 am | by HOLBROOK MOHR & JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives were indicted Monday in an investigation into the improper storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that led a small town to evacuate after an explosion.

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