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Beavers Help Contain Fuel Spill, Recover Slowly

March 28, 2013 9:55 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Electrical Cable Tray Fire Protection

March 28, 2013 9:00 am | by Clay Booth, Fire Protection, Market & Sales Manager, Morgan Thermal Ceramics | Articles | Comments

One of the most significant fire protection requirements for processing facilities and offshore locations is the need to protect control cables and control valves in the event of a fire. Several options are on the market, including fire blanket systems, calcium silicate board, and flexible mats that absorb heat in the event of a fire.

Calif. Utility Touts Post-Explosion Safety

March 27, 2013 10:07 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than two and a half years after a pipeline explosion killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb, a Northern California utility said Tuesday it has made sure that all of its gas transmission lines coursing through urban areas are running at safe operating pressures.

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Japan to Launch First Fukushima Investigation

March 27, 2013 10:02 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese government regulators said Wednesday that for the first time they will conduct their own investigation into the country's nuclear crisis to address key unanswered questions.The Nuclear Regulation Authority said its investigation into the disaster at the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear plant will be conducted by a panel of outside experts.

BP's Cement Contractor Denies Destroying Evidence

March 27, 2013 9:58 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 said Tuesday that its recent discovery of missing cement samples was the result of a "simple misunderstanding," not an attempt to withhold crucial evidence.

Peru Declares Amazon Oil Contamination Emergency

March 26, 2013 10:48 am | by CARLA SALAZAR & FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peru's government declared an environmental state of emergency on Monday in a remote Amazon jungle region it says has been affected by years of contamination at the country's most productive oil fields, which are currently operated by Argentina-based Pluspetrol.

South Korea's Nuclear Waste Storage Filling Up

March 26, 2013 10:46 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

North Korea's radioactive waste storage is filling up as its nuclear power industry burgeons, but what South Korea sees as its best solution — reprocessing the spent fuel so it can be used again — faces stiff opposition from its U.S. ally.

Neb. Utility Seeks Progress at Troubled Nuke Plant

March 26, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

The Nebraska utility that owns the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant wants to show off the progress that has been made toward preparing the plant to restart. The Omaha Public Power District plans to give media tours of the plant Tuesday on the eve of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's next public meeting about the plant.

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Miner Killed in Accident Cheated Death in 2007

March 25, 2013 11:34 am | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elam Jones came close to death in a central Utah mine accident once before. He was preparing to begin his shift at the Crandall Canyon mine in August 2007 when a cave-in struck the section where he was to have worked, killing six miners and three rescuers.

Q&A: Springing Forward with Pest Prevention

March 25, 2013 9:56 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

With warmer weather on the horizon, it is important for food manufacturers to put prevention measures in place for warm-weather pests. Food Manufacturing spoke with Patricia Hottel about the steps processors can take to get a head start on spring pest prevention.

Oil Rig Torque Transmitters

March 20, 2013 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MCRT® 39000X devices from S. Himmelstein accurately measure torque for control and verification of loads on oil rig support legs.

Customizable Anti-Slip Mats

March 19, 2013 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

SAFEGUARD Technology Inc. now offers Anti-Slip Mats that can be put down as large section mats and built into modular configurations for custom fit applications to help prevent slips and falls.

High-Accuracy Mass Flow Sensors

March 18, 2013 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

First Sensor presents the new cost-effective Sensortechnics WBI mass flow sensors with ranges of 200 sccm and 1 slpm.

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The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects, Part 1

March 15, 2013 1:22 pm | Blogs | Comments

Are there any of us who haven’t been assigned to the “undead” project?  You know, those projects that seem to go on forever without ever possessing the priority or proper resources to get finally to launch.

Reduce Your Facility’s Dust Levels

March 14, 2013 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Airflow Systems Inc.’s PCH series of portable dust collection systems provides source-point collection of airborne contaminants and prevents contaminants from migrating throughout the facility to settle on equipment and fixtures.

The Importance of Food Safety Training

March 13, 2013 12:29 pm | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Eastman of Alchemy Systems shares his views about training’s impact on food safety, its role as a preventive control under FSMA and how to ensure employees comprehend and apply their training at all times.

Prepare for Disaster ( Minimize Downtime)

March 13, 2013 5:28 am | Blogs | Comments

Disasters come in many sizes and shapes and are often unexpected, which is why manufacturers must prepare for them, treating disaster recovery plans almost as an insurance policy. And they do happen, often at the most inconvenient times.

Shedding Light on Safety

March 13, 2013 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Graphic Products, Inc. has released an illustrated, easy-to-understand 12-page whitepaper, “Introduction to Photoluminescent Labels, Signs & Path Markings” for facility managers and contractors.

Hantavirus: Are Your Employees at Risk

March 13, 2013 4:59 am | by LINDSEY JAHN, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

A recent outbreak of hantavirus at Yosemite National Park has raised concern about potential rodent infestation and hantavirus outbreaks in manufacturing plants, including food facilities.

Extending for a 25-Foot Reach

March 8, 2013 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics announces the addition of the EPEXC-25, a 25-foot explosion-proof extension cord with wet-area suitability, designed to allow operators to safely and securely increase the range of their equipment and devices with areas deemed hazardous.

Scratch Resistance for Demanding Coatings Applications

March 7, 2013 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer USA, LLC offers CN9062, a liquid high-functionality oligomer that brings significant scratch resistance to demanding coatings applications.

Put a Lid on It!

March 7, 2013 4:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig’s unique PIG® latching drum lids enable quick and easy drum access and secure closure to help meet closed container regulations. 

Food Fraud: Are Your Ingredients at Risk?

March 6, 2013 12:08 pm | Blogs | Comments

While some cases of food fraud are due to the efforts of unscrupulous processors, some honest food companies are unknowingly producing items containing fraudulent ingredients.

Congress, FDA Should Make Pharmacy Compounding Safer

March 6, 2013 6:15 am | Blogs | Comments

The  technology to prevent errors is already available. Automated pharmacy compounding systems have existed for more than a decade — it’s just that too few pharmacies use them

Lighting with Fabrication & Machining Capabilities

March 4, 2013 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

In an ongoing effort to develop innovative and custom products for the commercial and industrial lighting marketplace, LarsonElectronics.com added several new fabricating, machining and testing capabilities.

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