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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

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.

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