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Blast at La. Plant kills 1, Injures More Than 70

June 14, 2013 9:12 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana's health department said 77 people were treated at hospitals and 51 of those had been released by Thursday evening following an explosion at a petrochemical plant in Geismar. Hospitals reported that workers mostly had burns, cardiac and respiratory issues, and bruises.

La. State Police: Explosion at Chemical Plant

June 13, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Louisiana State Police say a reported explosion has started a fire at a chemical plant.Capt. Doug Cain says the fire broke out Thursday morning at The Williams Companies Inc. plant in the town of Geismar. The plant makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

EU Presents Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety Rules

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

The European Commission is proposing tougher nuclear safety rules, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy and how to secure aging plants. Stress tests on European nuclear plants prompted by the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant showed that almost all of them needed safety improvements.


NRC to Outline Findings at NC's Harris Nuke Plant

June 13, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Federal nuclear regulators are telling the public about their special inspection of a North Carolina nuclear power plant that was forced to shut down for more than three weeks due to a quarter-inch spot of trouble near the reactor core.

FEMA Denies Aid for Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

June 13, 2013 10:38 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. FEMA said the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration."

Pollution Control Breaks Down at Del. Refinery

June 12, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

Officials say a Delaware City Refinery unit is using backup pollution control after a malfunction that sent a dark plume of smoke billowing from a stack at the plant. A Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control alert says the problem involves an energy-recovery and pollution-control system linked to a coker, which controls emissions.

Ala. Nuclear Reactor Automatically Shuts Down

June 12, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

A nuclear reactor in Alabama automatically shut down because of an electrical problem, but regulators say there is no threat to the public. Officials report the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Farley south of Dothan automatically shut down around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Iran Denies Nuclear Power Plant Malfunction

June 11, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman is denying reports that the country's Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant has suffered a malfunction. Abbas Araghchi said at a news conference on Tuesday that no problem has been reported by responsible authorities.


NM AG: Horse Slaughter 'Barbaric,' Illegal

June 11, 2013 11:35 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, who has been a vocal opponent of plans by a southeastern New Mexico company to resume domestic horse slaughter, says state law could prohibit the operation. King says the slaughter of horses with certain drugs in their system would be a violation of the state's adulterated food act.

La. Company, Employees Indicted in Explosives Case

June 11, 2013 11:32 am | by HOLBROOK MOHR & JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives were indicted Monday in an investigation into the improper storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that led a small town to evacuate after an explosion.

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Ends in 3 States

June 11, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Monday. The London-based oil giant said the Coast Guard has concluded "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the work continues along 84 miles of Louisiana's shoreline.

Chevron CEO: Responding to Safety Concerns

June 11, 2013 10:00 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Chevron CEO John Watson discusses energy production in the wake of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Watson says energy companies are taking a more proactive approach to safety, securing their systems and operations before government regulators come knocking.

San Onofre Nuke Plant to Close After Bitter Fight

June 10, 2013 10:39 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The demise of California's San Onofre nuclear power plant began with an attempt to fix it. A $670 million equipment swap in 2009 and 2010 went haywire, leaving Southern California Edison on Friday with two idle reactors, more than $500 million in bills and a federal decision on a possible restart nowhere in sight.


Calif. Utility to Retire San Onofre Nuclear Plant

June 7, 2013 11:05 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California is closing, after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely returned to service, officials announced Friday. Operator Southern California Edison said in a statement it will retire the twin reactors because uncertainty about the future of the plant.

Safety at Deadly China Plant 'Extremely Chaotic'

June 7, 2013 11:03 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week.

After Blast, West Fights to Keep Residents

June 6, 2013 12:07 pm | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

West, Texas officials and many lifelong residents desperately want to keep people from moving away, but they face many obstacles: rebuilding schools and water lines, helping residents who in some cases are short tens of thousands of dollars and reassuring residents that their once-tranquil streets will be safe again.

Death Toll Hits 120 in Deadly China Fire

June 5, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Authorities raised the death toll Wednesday by one to 120 in this week's disastrous fire at a northeast China poultry processing plant, with another 17 people unaccounted for. The State Administration of Work Safety said a total of 395 people were at work during Monday's tragedy, the country's worst industrial accident in almost five years.

Safety and the Future of Nuclear Energy

June 5, 2013 10:05 am | by PBS | Videos | Comments

Public uneasiness over the safety of nuclear power remains high in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. PBS NewsHour's Miles O'Brien takes a closer look at nuclear safety across the globe and takes a trip to the Indian Point Power Plant in Buchanan, N.Y.

Locked Doors a Sign of China Work-Safety Failings

June 4, 2013 10:21 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The similarities between the two worst factory fires in China's history suggest that little has changed for industrial workers even as the country has transformed its economy. The bolted doors are emblematic of the often callous approach to worker safety in China and an annual death toll in the tens of thousands.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in KC Gas Explosion

June 3, 2013 10:13 am | News | Comments

Megan Cramer, 46, died Feb. 19 in a gas explosion that destroyed JJ's restaurant and injured several other people. A drilling project was underway outside the restaurant, where Cramer was a hostess, when a gas line was severed. Cramer's parents have filed suit against several companies.

Fire Kills 119 at Poultry Plant in Northeast China

June 3, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township.

Storied Nuke Plant Becomes Environmental Wasteland

June 3, 2013 10:03 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Today the legacy of Hanford Nuclear Reservation is less about what was made here than the environmental mess left behind — and the federal government's inability, for nearly a quarter-century now, to rid Hanford once and for all of its worst hazard: 56 million gallons of toxic waste cached in aging underground tanks.

Worker Injured in Accident at U.S.-Owned Mine

May 31, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

A worker has been critically injured in an accident at a giant U.S.-owned mine in Indonesia two weeks after the collapse of an underground room killed 28 people. Mine operator PT Freeport Indonesia says liquid ore material flowed into a truck during maintenance activities on Friday, injuring its driver.

West, Texas First Responder Discusses Ordeal

May 31, 2013 9:47 am | Videos | Comments

Robert Paine, a first responder to the deadly fertilizer explosion in West, Texas, discusses his experience in the wake of the disaster. Paine was shielded from the explosion and survived, having no memory of the explosion. Twelve firefighters were killed in the explosion.

Temple Inland Fined $3.3M for 2011 Spill

May 30, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.

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