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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations In Wake Of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. All of the workers were burned, one of them seriously. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust...

Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil And Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting...

New Safety Reports Show Cars Are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as...

Tech Advances Lower Chance That Driver Will Die In Crash

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a...

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Waze Mobile Traffic App Draws Criticism

January 29, 2015 12:27 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Startup Waze Mobile, acquired by Google in 2013, is drawing major criticism from U.S. sheriffs and other law enforcement officials. The Waze app is a community-driven GPS that gathers data from users to report on traffic jams, accidents, speed traps, cheap gas, etc. in order to constantly update people on driving...

Nissan Recalls SUVs To Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through...

Federal Agency Files Record Number Of Complaints Against Mining Companies

January 28, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The federal government's mining oversight agency filed 49 complaints over worker discrimination allegations last year, more than in any year since its inception in 1978. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, which enforces safety requirements at U.S. mining and mineral processing operations, files such...

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Humane Certification Of U.S. Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent In 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

One of the most dramatic new trends in U.S. agriculture is the move by farmers, ranchers and producers to humane certification. American Humane Association, by far the nation's largest humane certifier, revealed today at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta that the number of...

VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls For Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

BMV Outsources License Plate Production, Registrations

January 27, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana prisoners will get out of the license plate-making business under a state plan to outsource the production and distribution of plates and vehicle registrations. WISH-TV reported Monday that the BMV has entered into a $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology Inc. The company and...

Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up To Ensure Drone Safety

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Lederman, Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds. Obama said drones, properly used, have...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Drones

January 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

It is tough to have a single conversation about what the future might look like without mentioning widespread commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. However, at least two key obstacles remain in place before drone use can become more widespread: legislation and safety. It looks like 2015 might...

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To At Least 50

January 26, 2015 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 people have died in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. With five days before the deadline to file claims, Feinberg has received 338 death claims and...

Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends Of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

As the federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has a bird’s-eye view on safety trends impacting the industry. In a recent interview with Chem.info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating...

1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits To Reopen

January 25, 2015 7:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. TJN Biofuel LLC's president and owner, Steve Bolin, has not given official notice yet. The...

Goodyear Recalls SUV Tires Due To Tread Cracks

January 23, 2015 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing. The move has forced General Motors Co. to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models until the tires are replaced. The recall covers 18-inch...

Montana City to Hear if Water Safe to Drink After Oil Spill

January 22, 2015 3:03 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Initial tests show water supplies in a Montana city show no sign of a cancer-causing element for the first time since they were contaminated by a weekend crude oil spill, a state official said Thursday, raising hopes that thousands of residents can soon start drinking from their taps.

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Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 1:45 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

Some Oil Recovered From Broken Pipeline After River Spill

January 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to extract because of a thick layer of ice.

Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

Obama: U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberthreats Without New Steps

January 21, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is warning that the U.S. and its economy will be left vulnerable unless Congress acts to prevent hacking. Obama is calling for cybersecurity legislation in his State of the Union address. He says no foreign nation or...

EPA Adds Restrictions To Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 21, 2015 9:18 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace. The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight...

Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

Tyson Foods To Pay $539K For Spill In Southwest MO

January 20, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge...

BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company responsible for the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history is currently facing the Clean Water Act's largest civil penalty. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment...

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

'Leap Second' Could Pose Web Problems This Summer

January 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Prominent websites and apps could once again face problems this summer when officials tack an additional second onto Tuesday, June 30. That date, however, also could be the last time the issue of the "leap second" pops up, depending on the outcome of a vote by an international...

Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

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