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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.

Kennecott Announces Layoffs After Landslide

May 3, 2013 10:21 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah mining company announced Thursday that it plans to lay off some of its 2,100 workers because of a landslide that filled the bottom of a copper mining pit in the mountains west of Salt Lake City with millions of tons of rock and dirt.

$70K Penalty Proposed Against Nuke Plant Owners

May 2, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a $70,000 civil penalty against the owner of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant, which will soon be decommissioned. The NRC says fire drills were not being properly conducted and fire drill records were falsified.

Valley Fever Hits 28 at Solar Plant Sites

May 1, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California. Valley fever is contracted by breathing spores from a fungus found in desert soil. It can cause flu-like symptoms and death in extreme cases.

Such Great Heights

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Much like the rest of the physical world, the manufacturing environment is constantly battling against the challenges of time and space. Manufacturers who are considering going to "the next level" must evaluate equipment and ensure their industrial work platforms fit their own needs, as well as OSHA and ANSI requirements.

Company Aims to Move Lawsuit Over Chemical Cloud Release

April 29, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

A defendant in a class-action lawsuit over the release of chemicals at a plant in El Dorado wants the lawsuit moved to federal court. The suit relates to the December chemical cloud that forced up to 500 people from their homes and the evacuation of the Union County Sheriff's Office and jail.

6 Lawsuits Emerge from Fertilizer Plant Blast

April 29, 2013 11:00 am | News | Comments

The deadly Central Texas fertilizer plant explosion has now spawned six lawsuits, including one from the family of a volunteer firefighter killed in the blast. Fourteen people died and more than 200 were injured by the April 17 blast in the small Central Texas town of West.

Perry Hits Back at 'Booming Business' Cartoon

April 29, 2013 10:44 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in Texas, then shows an explosion, a week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people in a Texas town.

Unlocking Potential for Greater Productivity & Accuracy

April 26, 2013 3:36 pm | by Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Center Operations, Intermec | Articles | Comments

Facing rising operational costs and growing awareness of consumer food safety, growers and companies are under increased pressure to improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction and safety. Food traceability solutions are particularly imperative for achieving rapid responses to potential product recalls.

Utah Copper Mine Landslide Will Hurt State Economy

April 26, 2013 10:43 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The landslide that washed over the terraced steps of a mining pit nearly a mile deep left only the tip of one giant electric-powered shovel poking out of the dirt. The rubble buried a total of three of them, along with 14 enormous haul trucks.

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