Two federal agencies must approve a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills before a South Dakota board further considers issuing a permit, its hearing chairman said Tuesday, citing a state law. An order issued Tuesday by Rex Hagg, hearing chairman, said the board will not reschedule the state hearing until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have ruled on the project.
One of the insurers for Texas Brine Company has filed a lawsuit accusing Texas Brine of ignoring warnings about the potential for disaster if it continued mining an Assumption Parish salt dome cavern. The suit arises from the massive sinkhole created after the cavern collapsed in 2012.
A fire described by officials as "small" prompted the shutdown of one reactor at FirstEnergy Corp.'s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania. Operators of the Shippingport plant said an electrical short occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the turbine where electricity is produced.
South Portland voters are deciding today whether to adopt an ordinance aimed at preventing the flow of tar sands oil to the city. Supporters said the proposal would protect the community of 25,000 residents from exposure to harmful toxins, while critics argued it would destroy existing businesses along the city's working waterfront.
A federal judge in Rhode Island is set to resentence a Texas gas company for an environmental crime, after he asked the environmental community for ideas for a punishment when his original $18 million penalty was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation.
Mystaire is pleased to announce the release of Aura ductless chemical fume hoods. Each hood has advanced safety monitoring and controls and is ASHRAE 110 tested.
Authorities are investigating a deadly explosion involving a boiler at Meggitt Polymers and Composites in the northwest Georgia town of Rockmart. A 56-year-old female was the only reported victim, according to state and county officials.
After officials took nearly two weeks to tell the public about a Tesoro Corporation pipeline rupture that sent more than 20,000 barrels of crude spewing across a wheat field, the North Dakota Health Department told lawmakers that the agency would soon unveil a website where the public can see data on all oil spills and other hazardous leaks.
"Just as the tragic event had global consequences, the success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well and efficiently and safely," said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a lecture in Tokyo.
A judge is proposing that Pacific Gas and Electric Company pay $6.7 million in fines for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading records in an attempt to minimize the lapse. Both pipelines are in the same system as one that exploded in 2010, killing eight people and destroying dozens of homes in San Bruno.
Recent safety and environmental problems at the Sinclair refinery have been numerous. Last year, three fires injured seven workers in racking up more than $200,000 in fines. In 2011, the state reached a $5.4 million settlement with Sinclair for spills into a pond on the refinery site. In 2009 the refinery was the scene of one of the biggest spills in Wyoming history.
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman says a Reser's Fine Foods, Inc. recall of packaged salads produced at its Topeka, Kansas plant was prompted by a routine check of products sold in Canada. That inspection found Listeria monocytogenes in some ready-to-eat salad.
Japanese regulators have given final approval for the removal of fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building, which is considered the highest risk at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Removing the fuel rods from the Unit 4 cooling pool is the first major step in a decommissioning process that is expected to last decades.
Recent GHS regulations concerning color and labeling accuracy have prompted many manufacturers to overhaul their labeling operations. For Carolina Biological, a supplier of chemical supplies for educators, the issue of GHS compliance was resolved by switching to an on demand color labeling solution. Could this technology work for you?
DuPont has reached a proposed agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. The EPA said that the company has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and implement several emissions safeguards. The penalty will be divided equally between the United States and West Virginia.
The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory. The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking a judge to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant is a public nuisance.
Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today launched two new web resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe.
Human mistakes are mostly to blame for the recent mishaps, as workers deal with a string of crises. A top Japanese regulator feels these "silly mistakes" are a sign of declining morale. TEPCO acknowledged a systemic problem in a recent report, saying workers under tight deadlines tend to cut corners, and others don't fully understand their assignments or procedures.
An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said. The blast took place on the second floor of the Dulces Blueberry factory and caused the floor to collapse, injuring people working downstairs.
Ten mishaps in just eight months at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are raising doubts about the operator's ability to tackle the crisis and prompting concern that another disaster could be in the making. Even more troubling, a typhoon is forcasted to hit the area this weekend.
This is the final installment of a three part series looking at important changes in chemical management. Parts one and two examined recent changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and an upcoming training deadline for employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This final chapter covers chemical management best practices and the ways technology and cloud computing have revolutionized chemical management.
The owner of a gunpowder plant where an explosion shook nearby buildings and killed two workers was convicted on Wednesday of negligent homicide and manslaughter.
EQT Corp. will soon ask a judge to order six West Virginia property owners to plug and abandon a water well they dug to subvert the company's plans for five natural gas wells. Under state law, gas companies can't drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring used for human consumption.
Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new cart mounted Explosion Proof Portable Tank Light, suitable for use in petrochemical tanks and storage containers on ships as well as any area where a portable lighting system providing high output is needed.