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Comments Pan Ocean Gas Terminal Planned for NJ, NY

August 23, 2013 10:12 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the deadline for comments on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal called Port Ambrose off the New Jersey and New York coasts was ending Thursday night, public comments on the proposal were running 1,000-to-1 against the plan.  

3 Prosecutors Ask Out of Ex-BP Engineer's Case

August 23, 2013 10:03 am | News | Comments

In a move credited to a "staffing adjustment," three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Radioactive Groundwater Under Fukushima Nears Sea

August 23, 2013 9:57 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea. 

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Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.

Japan Nuke Watchdog May Raise Leak to 'Serious'

August 21, 2013 9:36 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident."

Sugar Company Fined for Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Pau, Idaho. The EPA announced the enforcement action Monday.   

Radioactive Water Leaks at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.

10,000-Gallon Tank Explodes at Pa. Plant; 1 Dead

August 20, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank exploded at an industrial park on Monday and went flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby. The tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area, but the spill was contained, firefighters said.

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Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part I)

August 20, 2013 8:36 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings.

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part III)

August 19, 2013 11:44 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

While it might look good on paper, and the chosen fixtures indeed properly rated and certified explosion proof, the use of lower grade fixtures almost guarantees the need for more frequent maintenance intervals in order to ensure premature fixture degradation and failure does not occur.

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part II)

August 19, 2013 11:41 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Explosion proof fixtures provide protection by preventing any ignitions within the fixture housing from igniting the atmosphere outside of the fixture. Intrinsically safe fixtures are more specialized and provide their protection by being low powered and incapable of producing enough heat or spark to produce ignition.

Financing Puts Hold on Uranium Deconversion Plant

August 19, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

An Idaho-based company that plans to build a facility in southeastern New Mexico to make uranium waste safe for long-term disposal has put its plans on hold because of a funding shortage, though the company says it remains committed to building the $125 million uranium deconversion plant.

FEA Aids Deepwater Horizon Failure Forensics (Part II)

August 19, 2013 9:37 am | by DET NORSKE VERITAS (U.S.A) | Articles | Comments

One of the key tools in the government-sponsored study into the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a technology that allows for a range of conditions, or multiphysics, to be simulated.

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Conn. Nuclear Plant Unit Operating Again

August 15, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

A spokesman for Dominion Resources Inc.'s nuclear power plant in Connecticut says the unit that was shut down last week because of a malfunction is generating electricity again. According to the company, Unit 3 was reconnected to the grid on Wednesday.

FEA Aids Deepwater Horizon Failure Forensics (Part I)

August 15, 2013 11:00 am | by DET NORSKE VERITAS (U.S.A) | Articles | Comments

One of the key tools in the government-sponsored study into the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a technology that allows for a range of conditions, or multiphysics, to be simulated.

Regs Report: Updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act

August 15, 2013 9:38 am | by Kimberley Schmitt, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Regs Report feature presents new and emerging regulations and enables readers to better achieve compliance. In this installment, we explore the Chemical Safety Improvement Act legislation, which will serve to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

Calif. Coastal Panel Takes up Offshore Fracking

August 15, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

California regulators on Thursday were set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s. The California Coastal Commission added the issue at the last minute to its agenda during its monthly meeting.

3 Injured in Georgia Chemical Plant Blast

August 15, 2013 8:24 am | News | Comments

Authorities in south Georgia say at least three people have been injured in a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex. Valdosta fire officials say more than 40 firefighters responded to the blaze at the Gil Harbin Industrial Park Wednesday afternoon.

Republic Steel Faces $1.1M in Fines for Violations

August 14, 2013 10:34 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. OSHA said the company failed to provide workers enough protection from falling off runway girder.

Beavers Released into Wild After Utah Fuel Spill

August 14, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

Five beavers that were rescued from a March diesel fuel spill in Utah were released back into the wild on Tuesday after being treated for respiratory and other problems. Wildlife officials recovered the animals after a Chevron pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Pipeline Fire Lights Up Sky in Ill.; No Injuries

August 13, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A fuel pipeline beneath a western Illinois cornfield has exploded, sending flames 300 feet into the sky and prompting dozens of evacuations, fire officials said. The massive Whiteside County fire was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday after residents heard a blast.

BP Sues to Get New Contracts After Oil Spill

August 13, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

BP on Monday sued the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Salad Mix Production Halted After Stomach Bug

August 13, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

Taylor Farms de Mexico voluntarily suspended production of salad mix that's been linked to the outbreak of a stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska, the company announced Monday. The is expected to last several weeks as the company assists federal authorities in their investigation into the cyclosporiasis outbreak.

Consol Energy: Production Resumes in 2 Coal Mines

August 13, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

Operations at the Bailey Preparation Plant in southwestern Pennsylvania had resumed after a "partial structural failure" in a new belt system used to carry coal from the company's Bailey and Enlow Fork mines to a railroad loading area.

10 Exposed to Radiation at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 12, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

Ten workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant were exposed Monday to small amounts of radiation while conducting cleanup activities, the plant's operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is still investigating how the workers were contaminated.

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