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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.

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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.

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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.

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Ends in 3 States

June 11, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Monday. The London-based oil giant said the Coast Guard has concluded "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the work continues along 84 miles of Louisiana's shoreline.

Chevron CEO: Responding to Safety Concerns

June 11, 2013 10:00 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Chevron CEO John Watson discusses energy production in the wake of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Watson says energy companies are taking a more proactive approach to safety, securing their systems and operations before government regulators come knocking.

NRC to Outline Findings at NC's Harris Nuke Plant

June 10, 2013 10:42 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As Duke Energy Corp. restarts a nuclear power plant that shut down for more than three weeks, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are promising to share what they found when they inspected early signs of corrosion and cracking inside the reactor vessel's covering.

San Onofre Nuke Plant to Close After Bitter Fight

June 10, 2013 10:39 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The demise of California's San Onofre nuclear power plant began with an attempt to fix it. A $670 million equipment swap in 2009 and 2010 went haywire, leaving Southern California Edison on Friday with two idle reactors, more than $500 million in bills and a federal decision on a possible restart nowhere in sight.

Calif. Utility to Retire San Onofre Nuclear Plant

June 7, 2013 11:05 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California is closing, after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely returned to service, officials announced Friday. Operator Southern California Edison said in a statement it will retire the twin reactors because uncertainty about the future of the plant.

Safety at Deadly China Plant 'Extremely Chaotic'

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week.

After Blast, West Fights to Keep Residents

June 6, 2013 12:07 pm | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

West, Texas officials and many lifelong residents desperately want to keep people from moving away, but they face many obstacles: rebuilding schools and water lines, helping residents who in some cases are short tens of thousands of dollars and reassuring residents that their once-tranquil streets will be safe again.

Death Toll Hits 120 in Deadly China Fire

June 5, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Authorities raised the death toll Wednesday by one to 120 in this week's disastrous fire at a northeast China poultry processing plant, with another 17 people unaccounted for. The State Administration of Work Safety said a total of 395 people were at work during Monday's tragedy, the country's worst industrial accident in almost five years.

NRC: NC's Harris Nuke Plant to Restart After Fix

June 5, 2013 10:34 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal inspectors have cleared the Shearon Harris nuclear plant reactor to restart after Duke Energy Corp. fixed a year-old problem with the reactor vessel's covering, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. A spokesperson said the date the plant would begin generating electricity again was being withheld for competitive reasons.

Safety and the Future of Nuclear Energy

June 5, 2013 10:05 am | by PBS | Videos | Comments

Public uneasiness over the safety of nuclear power remains high in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. PBS NewsHour's Miles O'Brien takes a closer look at nuclear safety across the globe and takes a trip to the Indian Point Power Plant in Buchanan, N.Y.

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