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Re-Engineered Central Dust Collection System Yields Benefits

May 8, 2013 9:23 am | by Herding Filtration | Articles | Comments

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. A central dust collection system removes particulate, increases safety, and reduces maintenance costs.

Oil, Gas Lease Auctions in Calif. Postponed

May 8, 2013 8:26 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently announced it was postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California. The decision came after a federal judge ruled last month that BLM had violated a key environmental law when the agency auctioned the drilling rights for other parcels near the lush Salinas River Valley before performing a sweeping review of the impacts on water, wildlife and air quality.

Poland's Shale Gas Hopes Suffer Blow

May 8, 2013 8:22 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

News that Talisman Energy Inc. is pulling out of exploration for shale gas in Poland is a blow to the country's hopes that its deposits of the hydrocarbon will soon cut its dependence on Russian supplies and support the weakening economy. Canada's Talisman said Wednesday it had not found enough gas to warrant further expensive exploration or extraction procedures.

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Ammonium Nitrate Was Explosive in Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 7, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

A store of ammonium nitrate is what exploded April 17 at a Central Texas plant, killing 14 people, injuring hundreds and devastating an adjoining town. The finding was expected, and officials had said they were focusing their investigation on the explosive chemical used in many fertilizers.

Calif. Agency Recommends $2.25B Fine for PG&E Pipeline Blast

May 7, 2013 9:28 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Public Utilities Commission recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a record $2.25 billion fine for decades of negligence that led to a deadly gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

NRC: 'Very Slightly Radioactive Water' Enters Lake

May 7, 2013 9:16 am | by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seventy-nine gallons of "very slightly radioactive water" from a leaky tank at the troubled Palisades Nuclear Power Plant spilled into Lake Michigan, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman said Monday, adding the water poses "no risk to human health."

Fertilizer Plant That Blew Up Carried $1M Policy

May 6, 2013 9:59 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday.

FDA to Deliver Review of Triclosan

May 3, 2013 10:34 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to deliver a review this year of whether triclosan is safe. The ruling, which will determine whether triclosan continues to be used in household cleaners, could have implications for a $1-billion industry.

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Officials Search for Breakthrough in Fertilizer Plant Explosion

May 3, 2013 10:26 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two weeks after an April 17 blast killed at least 14 people, investigators working to figure out what caused the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Texas have talked to more than 370 people and received more than 200 tips as they continue to search for a breakthrough.

Kennecott Announces Layoffs After Landslide

May 3, 2013 10:21 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah mining company announced Thursday that it plans to lay off some of its 2,100 workers because of a landslide that filled the bottom of a copper mining pit in the mountains west of Salt Lake City with millions of tons of rock and dirt.

$70K Penalty Proposed Against Nuke Plant Owners

May 2, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a $70,000 civil penalty against the owner of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant, which will soon be decommissioned. The NRC says fire drills were not being properly conducted and fire drill records were falsified.

Valley Fever Hits 28 at Solar Plant Sites

May 1, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California. Valley fever is contracted by breathing spores from a fungus found in desert soil. It can cause flu-like symptoms and death in extreme cases.

Such Great Heights

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Much like the rest of the physical world, the manufacturing environment is constantly battling against the challenges of time and space. Manufacturers who are considering going to "the next level" must evaluate equipment and ensure their industrial work platforms fit their own needs, as well as OSHA and ANSI requirements.

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Company Aims to Move Lawsuit Over Chemical Cloud Release

April 29, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

A defendant in a class-action lawsuit over the release of chemicals at a plant in El Dorado wants the lawsuit moved to federal court. The suit relates to the December chemical cloud that forced up to 500 people from their homes and the evacuation of the Union County Sheriff's Office and jail.

6 Lawsuits Emerge from Fertilizer Plant Blast

April 29, 2013 11:00 am | News | Comments

The deadly Central Texas fertilizer plant explosion has now spawned six lawsuits, including one from the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in the blast. Fourteen people died and more than 200 were injured by the April 17 blast in the small Central Texas town of West.

Perry Hits Back at 'Booming Business' Cartoon

April 29, 2013 10:44 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in Texas, then shows an explosion, a week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people in a Texas town.

Unlocking Potential for Greater Productivity & Accuracy

April 26, 2013 3:36 pm | by Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Center Operations, Intermec | Articles | Comments

Facing rising operational costs and growing awareness of consumer food safety, growers and companies are under increased pressure to improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction and safety. Food traceability solutions are particularly imperative for achieving rapid responses to potential product recalls.

Utah Copper Mine Landslide Will Hurt State Economy

April 26, 2013 10:43 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The landslide that washed over the terraced steps of a mining pit nearly a mile deep left only the tip of one giant electric-powered shovel poking out of the dirt. The rubble buried a total of three of them, along with 14 enormous haul trucks.

Honeywell Eyes June Restart of Metropolis Plant

April 26, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

A southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel is calling back workers in hopes of resuming operations in June, staffed with 135 salaried and another 135 hourly workers. The plant was forced into a yearlong shutdown due to regulator-requested upgrades.

Lawmakers Probe Gaps in Fertilizer Plant Rules

April 26, 2013 10:31 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

As investigators try to determine what caused an April 17 fire and explosion that killed 14 and injured hundreds, top congressional Democrats are examining whether gaps in federal regulations might be placing at risk those who work and live near more than 6,000 fertilizer plants.

Obama Speaks to Families, Survivors of Texas Blast

April 26, 2013 10:21 am | by DANNY ROBBINS & JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief, and they will have the nation's support to rebuild from the devastation.

Effects of Deepwater Oil Spill Still Felt in Florida

April 26, 2013 9:59 am | by NBC2 | Videos | Comments

Nearly three years after a deadly explosion aboard BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig that spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, businesses in Southwest Florida, especially those involved in fishing and tourism, are still feeling the sting.

REGS REPORT: Food Defense & the FSMA

April 25, 2013 4:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

As the Food Safety Modernization Act continues to be implemented, more regulations and guidelines will be focused on food defense and the prevention of intentional contamination events. Many resources are there to help food manufacturers improve their food defense strategies.

California Shuts Down Hazardous Battery Recycler

April 25, 2013 10:15 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of complaints from the surrounding community, state environmental officials on Wednesday ordered a Southern California battery recycling company to suspend operations after saying hazardous metal sludge was being discharged into leaking pipelines.

Fathers, Firefighters: Lives Lost in West, Texas

April 25, 2013 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns that were on the scene trying to control the fire that preceded the blast.

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