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Coast Guard to Take Testimony on Shell Grounding

May 20, 2013 8:42 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Circumstances surrounding the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island will be explored in a public hearing in Anchorage. The Coast Guard says a marine casualty investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk  will begin at noon Monday at the Loussac Library and could last two weeks.

NRC Meets with Public After NC Nuke Plant Shuttered

May 20, 2013 8:41 am | News | Comments

The sudden shutdown of a nuclear power plant outside North Carolina's capital city because of year-old data is likely to prompt questions at a local meeting with federal regulators. Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees hold an annual public meeting and question-and-answer session about the Shearon Harris nuclear plant on Monday.

Mine Agency Cites Alpha for 2012 Fatality

May 20, 2013 8:38 am | News | Comments

Alpha Natural Resources faces a proposed $6,000 civil fine for a fatal accident at one of its West Virginia mines. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training cited Alpha for modifying a scoop. A state rule prohibits equipment modifications that limit visibility.


More Bodies Recovered in Collapsed Indonesia Mine

May 20, 2013 8:31 am | by JEFREY PATTIRAJAWANE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers recovered five more bodies from a collapsed underground room at a giant U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia, bringing the confirmed death toll to 14, police said Monday. Fourteen other workers were still missing and feared dead.

Authorities: Crime Not Ruled Out in Texas Blast

May 17, 2013 10:19 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators reviewing the explosion that ripped through a fertilizer plant in West, Texas last month have narrowed the number of possible causes to three: a problem with one of the plant's  electrical systems, a battery-powered golf cart, and a criminal act.

Dozens Killed in Congo Mine Collapse

May 17, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

The government of Congo says more than 20 people have died in village of Rubaye in the region of Masisi in North Kivu province in the far eastern part of the country when a bush mine collapsed Friday evening. A search for possible survivors is underway.


May 17, 2013 9:24 am | Events

The CHEM SHOW is where professionals involved in the processing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, foods, and other process industries come to find solutions to their process applications. Thousands of CPI professionals that are involved in mixing, blending, heating, cooling, filtering or drying materials come to the CHEM SHOW to see all the latest technologies and innovations being showcased by more than 300 exhibiting companies.

Fertilizer Plant Operator Defends Safety

May 16, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

The developer of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant said Wednesday the project will be safe and not handle explosive materials like a Texas plant where a deadly explosion occurred last month. All of the products made at the Ohio Valley Resources LLC proposed for the Ohio River city of Rockport will be liquid, non-flammable and non-explosive.


Texas Firefighters Focused Concern on Toxic Gases

May 15, 2013 9:39 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press; RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

When they saw 30-foot flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters in this tiny Texas town rushed to evacuate nearby buildings and raced to spray water on tanks of chemicals, hoping to prevent a catastrophe. They were more concerned with preventing toxic gas from leaking out of the facility and drifting into nearby homes.

Japan Watchdog to Halt Test Reactor Over Safety

May 15, 2013 9:17 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog announced Wednesday that the nation's trouble-plagued next-generation test reactor will not be allowed to restart due to safety violations, dealing a setback to the country's pro-nuclear government. The Nuclear Regulation Authority's decision is the latest blow to the Monju fast-breeder reactor and Japan's nuclear fuel cycle program.

33 Workers Trapped in Collapse at Indonesian Mine

May 14, 2013 10:01 am | by JEFREY PATTIRAJAWANE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers at a giant U.S.-owned mine in eastern Indonesia have freed four out of 37 workers who were believed trapped underground Tuesday when a tunnel collapsed. The accident occurred when 40 employees and contract workers were gathered in a classroom inside a training tunnel about 500 meters from the entrance of the Big Gossan Mine in Papua province.

Buildup of Gas Blamed in China Mine Blast Killing 28

May 13, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Authorities say an explosion that killed 28 coal miners in southwest China was caused by a lack of ventilation that caused deadly gases to accumulate. A state media report Monday points to continuing problems with supervision in China's mining industry, the world's deadliest.

Thermal Processors Get Schooled

May 13, 2013 9:12 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Thermal processing is unique among food manufacturing techniques, as the heat applied to food products in such processes acts as a key component in flavor and product development in addition to performing an important food safety function.


Former Pres. Enters Guilty Plea to Violating OSHA

May 10, 2013 9:45 am | News | Comments

Matthew Lawrence Bowman, former president and owner of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to violating the Occupational Safety Health Act and making a false statement. He has pleaded guilty to occupational safety crimes that resulted in the death of an employee.

Safety Scene: Industrial Explosions

May 10, 2013 9:16 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we looking at explosion hazards facing processors, what the fallout of an industrial explosion can be, and what processors can do to mitigate their risks.

Man Dies in Oil-tank Blast

May 9, 2013 10:02 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A welder died after sparking an explosion while using his torch on a crude oil storage tank at an eastern Utah well site, the state's largest oil producer told regulators. Newfield Exploration Co. notified the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining that the blast Tuesday night occurred during routine maintenance.

22 Dead in Mexico City Gas Tanker Explosion

May 8, 2013 9:53 am | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON & JOSE OSORIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A natural gas tanker truck lost control, hit a center divider and exploded on a highway lined by homes in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec early Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring nearly three dozen, according to authorities.

Re-Engineered Central Dust Collection System Yields Benefits

May 8, 2013 9:23 am | by Herding Filtration | Articles | Comments

The safe removal of residual dust is a critical element when processing solids. It’s also needed throughout production, from active ingredient handling through packaging and shipment of finished product. A central dust collection system removes particulate, increases safety, and reduces maintenance costs.

Oil, Gas Lease Auctions in Calif. Postponed

May 8, 2013 8:26 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently announced it was postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California. The decision came after a federal judge ruled last month that BLM had violated a key environmental law when the agency auctioned the drilling rights for other parcels near the lush Salinas River Valley before performing a sweeping review of the impacts on water, wildlife and air quality.

Poland's Shale Gas Hopes Suffer Blow

May 8, 2013 8:22 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

News that Talisman Energy Inc. is pulling out of exploration for shale gas in Poland is a blow to the country's hopes that its deposits of the hydrocarbon will soon cut its dependence on Russian supplies and support the weakening economy. Canada's Talisman said Wednesday it had not found enough gas to warrant further expensive exploration or extraction procedures.

Ammonium Nitrate Was Explosive in Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 7, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

A store of ammonium nitrate is what exploded April 17 at a Central Texas plant, killing 14 people, injuring hundreds and devastating an adjoining town. The finding was expected, and officials had said they were focusing their investigation on the explosive chemical used in many fertilizers.

Calif. Agency Recommends $2.25B Fine for PG&E Pipeline Blast

May 7, 2013 9:28 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Public Utilities Commission recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a record $2.25 billion fine for decades of negligence that led to a deadly gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

NRC: 'Very Slightly Radioactive Water' Enters Lake

May 7, 2013 9:16 am | by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seventy-nine gallons of "very slightly radioactive water" from a leaky tank at the troubled Palisades Nuclear Power Plant spilled into Lake Michigan, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman said Monday, adding the water poses "no risk to human health."

Fertilizer Plant That Blew Up Carried $1M Policy

May 6, 2013 9:59 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday.

Officials Search for Breakthrough in Fertilizer Plant Explosion

May 3, 2013 10:26 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two weeks after an April 17 blast killed at least 14 people, investigators working to figure out what caused the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Texas have talked to more than 370 people and received more than 200 tips as they continue to search for a breakthrough.

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