The number of safety violations vary, according to a congressional study awaiting release. Lower-level violations pose very low risk, such as improper upkeep of a transformer, while higher-level violations range in significance, such as an electrical system that caused a fire.
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the EPA overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants. The question is whether the agency's authority to regulate automobile emissions also applies to power plants and factories.
More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corporation over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the seven-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.
The GREEN Access & Fall Protection line, by Benko Products, is pleased to announce the Portable Transloading Platform for all transloading needs.
City Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge usually welcomes new businesses to Warwood, West Virginia, but she doesn't plan to be on hand when GreenHunter Water opens its natural gas frack water recycling plant. Following months of planning and public debate, GreenHunter has all the permits required to begin work on the new facility.
The Aire-Stream Fume Hood is constructed entirely of chemical resistant, flame retardant, non-metallic composite resin materials to maximize user protection.
A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up from the ground. He said he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines became coated in it.
A Galveston jury has found BP negligent in a 41-day emissions event at its Texas City refinery in 2010, but says no one was harmed by the pollution. Jurors unanimously agreed BP PLC was responsible, but only one wanted to award damages.
Part one of a three part series on the changing landscape of chemical management focuses on recent changes to the Hazard Communication Standard by OSHA and the corresponding deadlines and responsibilities every employer with hazardous chemicals must adhere to.
AutomationDirect’s photoelectric sensor offering now includes models with extended sensing ranges.
Corrosion has long been the bane of the oil industry, accounting for more than 25% of failures. Now a growing number of pro-active, oil and gas industry maintenance professionals are turning to a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize the cost and production downtime required to repair or replace corroded equipment.
An eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. Officials with Sunland, the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor, said "ongoing financial and liquidity challenges made it necessary for the company to file for bankruptcy."
The head of the U.N. nuclear agency urged Japan to work harder to address international concerns about leaks of contaminated water at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, and said his agency will jointly monitor radiation levels in the nearby ocean. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano told Japan's top nuclear regulator that it is crucial that the country share data with the international community.
State regulators directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety, following concerns that surfaced in an email from an engineer. The California Public Utilities Commission has opened an investigation to determine whether any immediate dangers are posed by the pipeline, saying the findings would be made public.
Emerson Process Management has unveiled a new wireless Air Cooled Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that expands its Essential Asset Monitoring Suite.
Proper sanitization is always a concern, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control offers his thoughts about the unique sanitization challenges the industry now faces and how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is being asked to restrict storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste in spent fuel pools like the one at the Entergy Corp.'s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The commission heard recently from two authors of a 2003 report saying densely packed fuel pools create a heightened danger of fire and a catastrophic release of radioactivity.
Pacific Gas & Electric says it will comply with a judge's order and shut down a natural gas pipeline after safety issues were raised. PG&E said it believes the pipeline is safe despite an engineer's email questioning the safety of the 83-year-old line's welds.
A federal appeals court has revived BP's claims that a judge's interpretation of a settlement over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could force the company to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses. A ruling by a divided three-judge panel threw out U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's rulings on the dispute between BP and attorneys who brokered the multibillion-dollar settlement in 2012.
The proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act is potentially a great step forward for improving safety in chemical production. However, if manufacturers are unable to comply with the bill’s new regulations and standards, they will neither reap any of these benefits, nor will the act live up to its objective.
Rockwell Automation has published the Process Safebook – a free guide to functional safety for process applications.
The trial has begun addressing the death of two workers killed in an explosion at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant in May 2010. The prosecutor argued the owner of the plant, charged with manslaughter and reckless homicide, was motivated by profit and greed.
Under a new state directive a list of toxic chemicals used by Ohio shale drillers must be made available locally to governments, first responders and residents. The state gave companies until Sept. 21 to begin complying with the federal law.
Improperly maintained sight glasses can easily become the weakest link in a processing system, becoming difficult to illuminate and providing less than optimal visibility to process observers. In the most severe cases they can actually fail endangering workers, leading to extensive destruction of property and forcing unplanned downtime.
NFPA 56 prohibits the use of flammable gas as a cleaning agent for interior pipes. The standard is a response to the 2010 explosion at Kleen Energy Power and another at a food processing site that happened within less than a year of each other. This article offers a look at the regulation three years later, with tips on how to properly meet its expectations.