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Prepare For Disaster (And Minimize Downtime)

April 22, 2013 10:28 am | Articles | 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.

Safety Rules Limited for Small Fertilizer Plants

April 22, 2013 10:09 am | by JACK GILLUM & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week, though it was authorized to handle up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a substance the Texas environmental agency considers flammable and potentially toxic.

10 First Responders Killed in Texas Blast

April 22, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

At least 14 people died in last Wednesday's explosion at the plant in the Texas town of West. West Mayor Tommy Muska has said that 10 of the 14 who died were first responders. The blast at the West Fertilizer Co. also injured 200 people.

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Some Residents Return Home After Texas Blast

April 22, 2013 9:49 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN & WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Stranded families growing weary and frustrated since a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion left them barricaded from their battered homes finally began returning Saturday, but only under a curfew and strict warnings to not wander beyond their own yards.

Japan Nuke Cleanup May Take 40+ Yrs

April 22, 2013 9:41 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team, Juan Carlos Lentijo, said Monday that damage at the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant in Fukushima is so complex that it is "impossible" to predict how long the cleanup may last.

OSHA Last Inspected Texas Fertilizer Plant in 1985

April 19, 2013 10:17 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) most recently inspected the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night in 1985, when the plant was issued a $30 fine for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia.

Report: Chevron El Segundo Refinery Pipes Corroded

April 19, 2013 10:14 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests of pipe samples from Chevron Corp.'s El Segundo refinery found corrosion to an extent similar to the pipe that failed and caused a large fire at the company's Richmond facility, a report released Thursday found. The tests found up to 60 percent pipe wall loss.

Texas Town Prays After Plant Explosion

April 19, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Worshippers came by the hundreds to pray at a non-denominational church service honoring the victims of a Central Texas fertilizer plant blast. Several hundred people on Thursday night packed St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in downtown West.

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12 Bodies Recovered from Fertilizer Plant Blast Site

April 19, 2013 10:02 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN & WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas law enforcement official says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion.

Feds Fined Fertilizer Plant for Past Safety Violations

April 18, 2013 2:43 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators fined the company that operates the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded overnight $10,000 last summer for safety violations. But the government accepted $5,250 after the company took what it described as corrective actions.

Texas Gov.: Plant Explosion a 'Nightmare Scenario'

April 18, 2013 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in his state "a truly nightmare scenario." Authorities have said as many as 15 people are feared dead and more than 160 others were injured in the explosion that leveled homes and businesses in the farming community of West, Texas.

Rescuers Search for Survivors Amid Fertilizer Plant Ruins

April 18, 2013 1:58 pm | by JOHN L. MONE & MICHAEL BRICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

AP PHOTOS: Deadly Fertilizer Plant Explosion

April 18, 2013 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ground shook with the strength of a small earthquake when a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded Wednesday evening. Police say the blast killed 5 to 15 people and injured more than 160 others. Here are some images of the aftermath of the explosion.

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NZ Company Convicted in Deadly Mine Blast

April 18, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

A New Zealand judge has convicted a coal mining company of nine health and safety violations over a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. Judge Jane Farish on Thursday found Pike River Coal had failed to ensure the safety of its workers.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited for '06 Permit Violation

April 18, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant where an explosion injured more than 100 people and killed an unknown number of others was cited for failing to obtain or to qualify for a permit in 2006. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated West Fertilizer after receiving a complaint of a strong ammonia smell.

February Burn at West Fertilizer Plant Led to School Evac

April 18, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

West, Texas Superintendent Marty Crawford says a school near the Texas fertilizer plant that was leveled by an explosion says it wasn't warned about a controlled fire at the plant in February and evacuated its students to another school as a precaution.

Mayor: Fire Crews Were at Texas Plant Before Blast

April 18, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

Volunteer firefighters went to fight a fire at a West, Texas fertilizer plant about a half-hour before a massive explosion tore through it and damaged surrounding buildings, according to Mayor Tommy Muska, a volunteer firefighter himself.

5 to 15 People Killed in Fertilizer Plant Explosion

April 18, 2013 10:14 am | by JOHN L. MONE & MICHAEL BRICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

Track & Trace on Display at INTERPHEX

April 15, 2013 2:52 pm | by OCS Checkweighers, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Counterfeit products in the pharmaceutical industry pose a severe health risk and cause enormous economic damage. Is the drug needed an original or has it been forged? What path did it take through the distribution chain until it finally reached the pharmacy where it was handed out to the patient?

Bulgarian Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Due to Hydrogen Leak

April 15, 2013 10:56 am | News | Comments

Officials say a turbo generator at Bulgaria's only nuclear power station has been shut down due to a hydrogen leak in its cooling system but insist there is no danger to the public. A statement Monday from the Kozloduy power plant said the component that was shut down was part of its conventional, non-nuclear unit.

Dead Worker Identified at Ariz. Plant

April 15, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

Authorities have identified a worker who was found dead in a hopper at a roofing tile manufacturing plant in west Phoenix. Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson tells Phoenix television station KPHO that the victim is 30-year-old Jantu Medrano.

Ark. Asks ExxonMobil to Move Pipeline Near Water Supply

April 12, 2013 10:43 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with an Arkansas water supplier approved a measure Thursday asking ExxonMobil for a plan to move an oil pipeline away from an area that drains into the main source of drinking water for Little Rock and several other communities.

Ark. Residents Begin to Return Home After Oil Spill

April 12, 2013 10:20 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some people whose homes were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas could go home as early as Thursday. Authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in Mayflower after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil.

Ark. AG: Oil Pipeline Gash 22 Feet Long

April 11, 2013 11:17 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

An ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured on March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas has a gash in it that is 22 feet long and 2 inches wide, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday, calling the rupture "substantially larger than many of us initially thought."

Feds Take Steps Toward Reopening San Onofre Nuke Plant

April 11, 2013 11:09 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A preliminary ruling from Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff signaled Wednesday that running California's San Onofre nuclear power plant at reduced power would not pose a significant safety risk — a key step toward a possible restart of one of the idled reactors.

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