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Feds: New Laws, Oversight Needed After Texas Blast

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented — and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday.    

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Pipeline Blast

April 21, 2014 3:57 pm | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from...

Ammunition Plant Explosion Ruled Accidental

April 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a...

Fatal Accident At Oil Sands Site

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian company Suncor Energy says an employee has died after being "severely injured" at its...

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Detection Perfection

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Portable multi-gas and single gas detectors and instrument accessories are often the first and last line of defense when working in a potentially hazardous environment. The President and CEO of Industrial Scientific, Justin McElhattan, talks about the company philosophy as a vision to end death on the job, and it’s evident this company takes its responsibilities seriously.  

ND Closes Radioactive Material Handling Plant For Emergency Inspection

April 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.                                    

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

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Texas Town Honors West Fertilizer Victims

April 18, 2014 10:12 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A moment of silence at 7:51 p.m. marked the exact time of the leveling blast in a town that is recovering but still has a long way to go. Photos of the 15 victims were shown on a large screen, including one of the several volunteer firefighters killed.

Fatal Ammunition Explosion Under Investigation

April 18, 2014 10:06 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others.                     

Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

There's two ways one can look at this film. First is that it's a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn't well-known. The second is that it's exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be...          

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 Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn't find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.              

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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 injured three others.                                       

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

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

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety function – it might be a part-time role, full-time, outsourced, or part of line level employee responsibilities. Unfortunately, despite their critical role, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s IT network, making them costly, time-consuming and inefficient.

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.                

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.                                                  

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.

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