Experts who investigated Japan's nuclear crisis said Monday that a watchdog's oversight of the crippled plant's operator is still too lax, amid renewed public fear over a recent spate of safety problems.The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been plagued with glitches.
A southern Oklahoma refinery faces $281,000 in fines after a boiler explosion killed two workers last year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines Thursday against the Wynnewood Refining Co. Employees Billy Smith and Russell Mann died Sept. 28 when a large boiler exploded at the refinery.
No one was seriously hurt in an explosion Thursday afternoon at a coal-fired power plant roughly 50 miles northwest of Atlanta, utility officials said.The explosion happened at Unit 2 of Plant Bowen while it was offline for maintenance work.
An Exxon Mobil Corp. spokeswoman says crews have recovered about 19,000 barrels of oil and water since a pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas last week. That number from spokeswoman Kim Jordan is up from an estimated 12,000 barrels of water and oil that the company had previously cited.
Power was restored Friday to a cooling system at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in Japan that failed for the second time in a month after an outage caused by construction work to keep out rats suspected of setting off the earlier blackout.
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A utility has cleaned up most of the about 300 to 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled from a Lansing power plant and left a sheen on the Grand River, officials said. Lansing Board of Water and Light's General Manager Peter Lark expects oil-absorbent booms to be in place at least through the weekend
Executives for the company that operates the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant sketched a future Wednesday in which one of the twin reactors restarts by summer then produces electricity after an on-off trial period for possibly years to come.
An ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas last week highlights the need for pipeline maintenance, inspections and safety standards, the state's attorney general said Wednesday.
Some Arkansas residents got an unexpected Easter surprise when an Exxon Mobile pipeline ruptured, coating one neighborhood with thousands of barrels of crude oil. Twenty-two families were evacuated in the wake of the spill.
Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, a nuclear safety board said in advance of confirmation hearings for the next leader of the Energy Department.
More work and hundreds of hours of additional inspections are planned over the coming year to help continue improving safety at the Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan, officials said. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said last week the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township operated safely in 2012.
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Manufacturers are applying new methods and technologies that not only accomplish the main objective of safety, but also provide opportunities for process optimization. These solutions allow companies to offer much-needed reassurance to consumers and meet regulations while also improving their methodologies.
Crews are continuing cleanup efforts in central Arkansas after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spewed crude oil onto lawns and roadways late last week. Officials say they've recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water after the pipeline burst Friday in the small city of Mayflower, about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Only one of the eight lawsuits filed against Mallinckrodt chemical company by people who believe they got cancer from living near radioactive contamination in north St. Louis County will move forward. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig on Wednesday dismissed claims of negligence, emotional distress and liability.
Federal officials say a report that found Exxon Mobil Corp. took "reasonable precautions" to address flooding that triggered an oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River did not reflect the government's final determination in the case.
One worker died and three others were injured Sunday morning when a heavy piece of equipment fell on them at an Arkansas nuclear plant, officials said. The workers were moving the equipment from the turbine building at an Entergy Arkansas plant in Russellville, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.
The Oregon Supreme Court won't hear an appeal brought by a company that proposes a liquefied natural gas plant in Clatsop County but failed to get a pipeline permit for it. Opponents say the decision handed down Thursday casts doubt on the project's future, the Daily Astorian reported.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged in a report Friday that it was not prepared to deal with the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011, causing meltdowns at its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. TEPCO had earlier maintained that the tsunami was mostly to blame for the crisis.
Gov. Gary Herbert left no doubt about his displeasure Thursday when asked about the latest Chevron Corp. spill at a monthly televised news conference. He said the federal agency responsible for interstate pipelines isn't doing its job and that Utah will step up its own efforts to ensure pipeline safety.
BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will continue presenting its defense next week at a trial over the deadly catastrophe. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard testimony Wednesday by a Halliburton employee who was a cementing engineer for the company and visited the Deepwater Horizon rig before BP's well blowout.
A Japanese utility has scrapped plans to build a nuclear plant near the site of a nuclear disaster two years ago. Tohoku Electric Power Co. said Thursday that strong protests from local communities as well as radiation leaks at the proposed site of the new power station make the project unworkable.
A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline.
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