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Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $81.6M for Waste Disposal

May 29, 2013 10:08 am | by GREG RISLING & PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.

Safety Scene: Safety on Ice

May 28, 2013 10:39 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we highlight refrigeration safety. Ammonia refrigeration leaks pose both safety and economic risks to food companies, but many are unaware of these hazards.

Senator Wants Probe on Troubled Nuke Plant

May 28, 2013 10:17 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, The Associated Press has learned.


Japan Vows to Tighten Nuke Safety

May 28, 2013 10:12 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan pledged better safety practices for its troubled nuclear industry Tuesday after an accident at a government research facility that exposed 33 people to minor excess radiation and had not been immediately disclosed. Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said the government will tighten oversight.

NM Plant Resumes Making Peanut Butter

May 24, 2013 9:24 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunland Inc., the eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak, is back in production. Company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.

Residents Boil Drinking Water After Malfunction with Filtration Plant

May 24, 2013 9:19 am | News | Comments

More than one million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant. The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday.

Nuclear Watchdog: Japan Plant Sits on Active Fault

May 23, 2013 10:17 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the reactor's restart virtually impossible.

CSB: ATF Blocking Fertilizer Plant Blast Site Access

May 23, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.


23 Dead in China Factory Blast

May 23, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 19 others were injured by the explosion, which ripped through the plant in Shandong province on Monday.

The ‘mini’ Future Of Education

May 22, 2013 5:19 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

National Instruments has collaborated with a number of electronics design companies, such as Elenco and Pitsco Eudcation, to build single-board experiments in operating an electrical grid, analyzing the earthquake resistance of a structure, or the power output of an RC car via dynamometer — to name a few.

NRC Will Discuss Safety Assessment of SC Nuclear Plant

May 22, 2013 9:25 am | News | Comments

Federal nuclear regulators are meeting with managers from Westinghouse Electric Co. to talk about safety at the company's nuclear fuel fabrication plant near Columbia. Officials from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are slated to hold a public meeting at the South Carolina State Museum on Tuesday.

Coast Guard Begins Drill Barge Grounding Inquiry

May 22, 2013 9:23 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island began with a bracket connected to a tow line being ripped off the vessel in heavy Gulf of Alaska weather, a Shell official testified Monday. Damage to the ship from the grounding was a factor in Shell's decision not to drill in Arctic waters in 2013.

Hundreds Seek Compensation in Japan Nuclear Crisis

May 22, 2013 9:21 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 700 residents from Hippo district in Japan's Miyagi prefecture, just northeast of Fukushima, filed a claim Tuesday with a government arbitration office demanding that they be given the same compensation as residents of Fukushima.


Families Sue Whirlpool Over Ohio Cancer Cluster

May 21, 2013 8:10 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The wait for answers is far from over for parents who for years have lived with the worry of not knowing what's behind the mysterious cancers that have sickened dozens of children in a rural area of northern Ohio. Despite a federal civil lawsuit that points toward a possible cause, the issue is far from settled.

Firm to Appeal Nuclear Plant Whistleblower Case

May 21, 2013 8:07 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An engineering firm accused of firing a whistleblower for reporting unsafe conditions at an eastern Kansas nuclear power plant plans to appeal the ruling by federal regulators, the firm said Monday.

Coal Operator Plans 7 Mines in Eastern Kentucky

May 21, 2013 8:01 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A longtime coal operator plans to open seven mines in the heart of the eastern Kentucky coalfields in a venture expected to create more than 250 jobs in a hard-pressed region where several thousand mining jobs have disappeared in recent years.

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

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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.

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