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Prepare For Disaster (And Keep Downtime To A Minimum)

April 5, 2013 9:53 am | by Christopher Cooley, VP of Product Management, SunGard AS | Articles | Comments

Any number of events can risk a manufacturer’s business continuity, including data corruption, system failure, loss of a datacenter or facility and human error. Here are several things manufacturers can do on the disaster preparedness front that can keep downtime to a minimum should the unexpected occur:

Utility: Lansing Oil Spill Mostly Cleaned Up

April 4, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

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

June 1 Restart for Shuttered Nuke Plant Could Be out of Reach

April 4, 2013 10:32 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Arkansas AG: Oil Spill Shows Need for Inspections

April 4, 2013 10:29 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ark. Residents Flee in Wake of Exxon Oil Spill

April 4, 2013 9:27 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

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.    

Nuclear Board Warns of Hanford Tank Explosion Risk

April 3, 2013 9:58 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Inspections Planned to Ensure Nuke Plant Safety

April 3, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

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.

The Future of Package Printing (Part I)

April 2, 2013 3:53 pm | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

Modern packaging goes far beyond its primary objective of protecting the contents within it. The fact is, it serves as a critical communication platform. Think of the ingredient and nutritional information it lists and how it displays expiration dates and tracking codes to ensure freshness and product safety.

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A Dose of Precision

April 2, 2013 3:43 pm | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | Articles | Comments

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.

Cleanup Continues After Arkansas Oil Spill

April 2, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

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.

Judge Dismisses All But 1 Mallinckrodt Suit

April 1, 2013 9:03 am | News | Comments

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.

Feds Respond to Criticism Over Exxon's Mont. Spill

April 1, 2013 8:58 am | News | Comments

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.

1 Killed, 3 Hurt in Nuclear Plant Accident

April 1, 2013 8:53 am | News | Comments

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.

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Court Won't Hear LNG Appeal

April 1, 2013 8:50 am | News | Comments

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.

Japanese Utility Takes Blame for Nuclear Crisis

March 29, 2013 9:52 am | News | Comments

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.

Utah Governor: Chevron Leak 'Not Acceptable'

March 29, 2013 9:44 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Set to Resume Tuesday

March 28, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

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.

Japan Utility Scraps Plan for New Nuke Plant

March 28, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

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.

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.

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.

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