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Nuclear Plant Likely Leaking Radioactive Water into Sea

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.

Pemex Pipe Explodes in Central Mexico, 7 Injured

July 22, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

A pipeline explosion Sunday that injured seven people and sent flames and smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air in central Mexico was caused by illegal tapping, Mexico's state-owned oil company said. The pre-dawn explosion in a farm field injured four police officers and three firefighters.

Fire Damages Pa. Chemical Plant

July 22, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

A fire has damaged a chemical plant in central Pennsylvania, but officials say the blaze posed no risk to the nearby community. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports the fire broke out Sunday morning at the Lonza Inc. plant in Williamsport.

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TEPCO Sees Steam But No Crisis at Nuclear Plant

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady. The video images showed a small amount of vapor or steam, but the origin wasn't clear.

Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

July 18, 2013 10:00 am | by DAVID MERCER & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

New fertilizer plants promise thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds of full-time spots once they're up and running. And most of them would go in small, rural towns where economic development isn't easy. But the wave of potential expansion comes with concerns.

Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Product

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Earthecco’s environmentally-friendly cleaning product is taking a green approach to cleaning at the industrial level, and is formulated from all-natural plant extracts, reducing the need for harmful and toxic chemicals in various industries and for the home user.

LED Blasting Light

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Larson Electronics' high performance LED blasting light is designed to provide high output from a small form factor and is easily attached to metallic surfaces.

Judge Fines Ky. Mine Over Hazardous Conditions

July 17, 2013 4:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has imposed a $150,000 fine against an eastern Kentucky coal mine where a worker was killed two years ago in a roof fall. Manalapan Mining Co. has also received three years of probation along with the fine for allowing miners to work in hazardous conditions.

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Regulators: SW Mich. Nuke Plant Had More Leaks

July 17, 2013 4:54 pm | News | Comments

Regulators say southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has had two leaks since shutting down in May to repair a leaking water storage tank. Jack Geissner, a commission branch chief, said Tuesday the most recent leak occurred last Wednesday in a pipe in the service water system.

Cleanup of 2006 ND Saltwater Spill Still Ongoing

July 17, 2013 4:48 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing — with no end in sight, state health officials say.

BP Seeks Halt to Gulf Spill Settlement Payouts

July 17, 2013 9:46 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP asked a federal judge on Tuesday to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.

Calif. Seeks Record Fine in Pipeline Explosion

July 17, 2013 9:42 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.

Engineer at Center of Train Derailment Speaks Out

July 17, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

The engineer who parked the oil train that rolled away, derailed and exploded in the center of a Quebec town was heard from Tuesday for the first time since the July 6 disaster that killed 50 people, with his lawyer saying he is "devastated."

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W. Pa. Coal Mine Suspends Production

July 16, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania coal mine has temporarily suspended production due to underground conditions. Alpha Natural Resources says in a Monday release that production has stopped at its Cumberland mine in Waynesburg. That's about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

BP Sets Up Anti-Fraud Hotline for Spill Claims

July 16, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company has argued that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims.

Upgrade of Nuclear Plant $267M Over Budget

July 16, 2013 9:47 am | News | Comments

Xcel Energy is about to restart its oldest nuclear plant after a four-month shutdown for improvements that ran $267 million over budget. The Star Tribune reported that Xcel's Monticello Nuclear Power Plant would restart this week after aging pumps and other equipment were replaced.

Preparing to Succeed When Your Network Has Been Breached

July 15, 2013 3:19 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of North America Midmarket Sales, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach report, 22 organizations, mainly in manufacturing and professional services, with only one to 100 employees became a victim to cyber espionage last year. And 23 firms, mainly in manufacturing with 101 to 1,000 employees, also were breached.

Site Sign and Label Master Planning Webinar

July 15, 2013 12:14 pm | Events

Graphic Products, Inc. will host Site Sign and Label Master-planning, a free webinar for facility managers, safety managers, operations managers, safety supervisors and other safety professionals on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10 a.m. Pacific time/1 p.m. Eastern Time.

MS Meat Plants Often Cited for Food Safety Violations

July 15, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

More than two dozen Mississippi slaughterhouses and poultry meat processing plants have violated sanitation or food safety guidelines over the past decade — and most did both, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. It says that 50 such facilities owned by 35 companies have racked up 69 violations resulting in 31 enforcement actions.

Cosmetics Plant Worker Settles Suit Over Workplace Sex Assault

July 15, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

A woman has settled a lawsuit against Cosmetic Essence Inc. stemming from a sexual assault at the company's plant in Roanoke. According to the federal lawsuit, both the woman and her assailant worked at the plant. The lawsuit alleged that Cosmetic Essence didn't check the assailant's criminal background, which would have shown he was a sex offender.

Neb. Nuclear Plant Remains Offline for Repairs

July 15, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has missed another target date for restarting, so the Omaha Public Power District might have to endure another summer of buying electricity to meet peak demand. OPPD officials say they've addressed most of what regulators want them to do, but more work remains.

NRC Issues Violation for Missed Nuke Plant Flaw

July 12, 2013 10:29 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Analysts hired to look for flaws inside a Duke Energy nuclear plant might have missed a tiny crack near the reactor core that went undetected for a year because they worked for weeks without a day off and may not have worked independently, a report Thursday by federal regulators said.

Body Recovery Underway in Oil Train Derailment

July 12, 2013 10:25 am | by DAVE CRARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bodies of less than half of the 50 people believed dead in a runaway oil train's explosive derailment have been recovered, nearly a week after the accident which demolished a large part of a Quebec town. Police said four more bodies had been found, bringing the total found to 24.

Looking Back at Japan's Nuclear Crisis (Part IV)

July 11, 2013 4:51 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. This clip introduces viewers to the brave workers who sacrificed their lives by staying at the facility and exposing themselves to deadly levels of radiation in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

Dodging Disaster: Sunland Inc.

July 11, 2013 3:00 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 Sunland, Inc.

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