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Locked Doors a Sign of China Work-Safety Failings

June 4, 2013 10:21 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The similarities between the two worst factory fires in China's history suggest that little has changed for industrial workers even as the country has transformed its economy. The bolted doors are emblematic of the often callous approach to worker safety in China and an annual death toll in the tens of thousands.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in KC Gas Explosion

June 3, 2013 10:13 am | News | Comments

Megan Cramer, 46, died Feb. 19 in a gas explosion that destroyed JJ's restaurant and injured several other people. A drilling project was underway outside the restaurant, where Cramer was a hostess, when a gas line was severed. Cramer's parents have filed suit against several companies.

Fire Kills 119 at Poultry Plant in Northeast China

June 3, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township.

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Storied Nuke Plant Becomes Environmental Wasteland

June 3, 2013 10:03 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Today the legacy of Hanford Nuclear Reservation is less about what was made here than the environmental mess left behind — and the federal government's inability, for nearly a quarter-century now, to rid Hanford once and for all of its worst hazard: 56 million gallons of toxic waste cached in aging underground tanks.

Worker Injured in Accident at U.S.-Owned Mine

May 31, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

A worker has been critically injured in an accident at a giant U.S.-owned mine in Indonesia two weeks after the collapse of an underground room killed 28 people. Mine operator PT Freeport Indonesia says liquid ore material flowed into a truck during maintenance activities on Friday, injuring its driver.

West, Texas First Responder Discusses Ordeal

May 31, 2013 9:47 am | Videos | Comments

Robert Paine, a first responder to the deadly fertilizer explosion in West, Texas, discusses his experience in the wake of the disaster. Paine was shielded from the explosion and survived, having no memory of the explosion. Twelve firefighters were killed in the explosion.

Temple Inland Fined $3.3M for 2011 Spill

May 30, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.

Problems at Nuke Plant May Hurt OPPD's Credit

May 30, 2013 10:47 am | News | Comments

Moody's says it might downgrade Omaha Public Power District credit ratings because of the lingering problems at its nuclear power plant. Moody's says it's reviewing OPPD's ratings for a possible downgrade because the restart of Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has been delayed again.

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CSX: Md. Train Explosion Caused by Chemical Cargo

May 30, 2013 10:46 am | by BEN NUCKOLS & DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings, although officials still aren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode.

Ark. Residents Sue Exxon After Oil Spill

May 30, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower, citing headaches, nausea and other health problems associated with the spill.

Appeals Court Won't Ease Way for Kan. Coal Plant

May 29, 2013 10:32 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.

SKorea Idles 2 Nuke Plants After Faked Cable Tests

May 29, 2013 10:24 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's trade and energy ministry said Tuesday a company contracted to conduct tests fabricated the results for cables that failed to meet international standards for capacity to withstand changes in voltage and pressure. It warned that the plant shutdowns would result in summer power shortages.

Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $81.6M for Waste Disposal

May 29, 2013 10:08 am | by GREG RISLING & PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.

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Safety Scene: Safety on Ice

May 28, 2013 10:39 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we highlight refrigeration safety. Ammonia refrigeration leaks pose both safety and economic risks to food companies, but many are unaware of these hazards.

Senator Wants Probe on Troubled Nuke Plant

May 28, 2013 10:17 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, The Associated Press has learned.

Japan Vows to Tighten Nuke Safety

May 28, 2013 10:12 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan pledged better safety practices for its troubled nuclear industry Tuesday after an accident at a government research facility that exposed 33 people to minor excess radiation and had not been immediately disclosed. Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said the government will tighten oversight.

NM Plant Resumes Making Peanut Butter

May 24, 2013 9:24 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunland Inc., the eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak, is back in production. Company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.

Residents Boil Drinking Water After Malfunction with Filtration Plant

May 24, 2013 9:19 am | News | Comments

More than one million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant. The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday.

Nuclear Watchdog: Japan Plant Sits on Active Fault

May 23, 2013 10:17 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the reactor's restart virtually impossible.

CSB: ATF Blocking Fertilizer Plant Blast Site Access

May 23, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.

23 Dead in China Factory Blast

May 23, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 19 others were injured by the explosion, which ripped through the plant in Shandong province on Monday.

The ‘mini’ Future Of Education

May 22, 2013 5:19 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

National Instruments has collaborated with a number of electronics design companies, such as Elenco and Pitsco Eudcation, to build single-board experiments in operating an electrical grid, analyzing the earthquake resistance of a structure, or the power output of an RC car via dynamometer — to name a few.

NRC Will Discuss Safety Assessment of SC Nuclear Plant

May 22, 2013 9:25 am | News | Comments

Federal nuclear regulators are meeting with managers from Westinghouse Electric Co. to talk about safety at the company's nuclear fuel fabrication plant near Columbia. Officials from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are slated to hold a public meeting at the South Carolina State Museum on Tuesday.

Coast Guard Begins Drill Barge Grounding Inquiry

May 22, 2013 9:23 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island began with a bracket connected to a tow line being ripped off the vessel in heavy Gulf of Alaska weather, a Shell official testified Monday. Damage to the ship from the grounding was a factor in Shell's decision not to drill in Arctic waters in 2013.

Hundreds Seek Compensation in Japan Nuclear Crisis

May 22, 2013 9:21 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 700 residents from Hippo district in Japan's Miyagi prefecture, just northeast of Fukushima, filed a claim Tuesday with a government arbitration office demanding that they be given the same compensation as residents of Fukushima.

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