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Sinclair Refinery Faces $201K Fine

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State safety regulators are proposing a $201,000 fine against Sinclair Oil Corp. for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming.                    

WV Miner Charged With Bomb Threat

April 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern...

Ammunition Plant Blast Kills 1

April 17, 2014 10:00 am | by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made killed one person and...

Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 16, 2014 6:27 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

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In The Wake Of West Anniversary, Fire Chief Urges Changes

April 15, 2014 10:05 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.   

Oil Leak Blamed For Benzene Contamination

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.            

Keeping Drugs Out Of The Bakken

April 14, 2014 10:03 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on the prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns; oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and violence.

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PG&E Offers $250K Reward For Grid Attack Information

April 11, 2014 10:40 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.           

Pipe Tear Caused Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 10:27 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday released the first official findings on the blast at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross in a report by an outside consulting group.                       

Benzene Taints Water Supply

April 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities have cut water supplies to a district in a northwestern city after excessive levels of a toxic chemical were found in tap water.                           

Mining Deaths Up In 2013, Injuries Down

April 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                                      

Indiana Glass Factory Pays Record Safety Fines

April 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said Wednesday.                

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WV Mine Board Approves Proximity Detector Rule

April 10, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close.                           

Report On Power Grid Threats Mishandled

April 10, 2014 10:48 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation's electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said Wednesday.             

Fertilizer Plant Talks Reopen

April 9, 2014 11:23 am | by TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana economic development officials are renewing talks with developers proposing to build a fertilizer plant in southwest Indiana, one year after the state withdrew its support over national security concerns.                                 

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

Feds Call For Two-Man Crews On Oil Trains

April 9, 2014 11:14 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they will propose requiring at least two crew members on trains transporting crude oil, as well as regulations aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident.                         

EFSA Seeks Food Safety Experts

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

EFSA is urging scientists to make a difference to Europe’s food safety system by joining its teams of risk assessment experts.                                                  

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22 Miners Still Trapped

April 8, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers struggled Tuesday to pump water from a coal mine in southern China where 22 miners have been trapped for more than a day.                              

U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation

April 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

9 Tips To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

April 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Articles | Comments

Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?

Second Trip Into Nuclear Dump Expected Today

April 4, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico hope to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep repository Friday.                    

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Failed To Disclose Risks In Human Tests

April 3, 2014 10:45 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

An internal investigation found that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to disclose long-term cancer risks and a small chance of death to 81 human test subjects who consented to breathe in diesel exhaust and other pollutants during experiments.

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

WV Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 11:00 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                                

Evacuation Lifted After Plant Explosion

April 2, 2014 10:43 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have lifted the evacuation order around a liquefied natural gas plant on the Washington-Oregon border after an explosion there a day earlier.                            

New Rules Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 10:40 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The government is mandating new safety regulations that it says will help protect workers on electrical power plants and transmission lines.                             

PG&E Facing Criminal Charges In Fatal Pipeline Blast

April 2, 2014 10:39 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged Tuesday with U.S. felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Japan Allows Residents Back Into Evacuation Zone

April 1, 2014 10:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.                              

4 More Workers Contaminated During Nuclear Leak

April 1, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.                

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Explosion & Fire At Gas Processing Plant

March 31, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A large explosion and fire Monday at natural gas processing plant near the Washington-Oregon border injured four workers and led to the evacuation of about 200 people from nearby homes as flames and a mushroom-shaped cloud of black smoke reached high into the air.

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