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Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                          

Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure...

Halliburton Reaches $1B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of...

Tesla Rises As German Probe Finds No Defects

December 4, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric car maker said late Monday that German regulators notified the company that they...

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At 11Th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban

December 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

Nucor Working To Block Big River Steel Air Permit

November 5, 2013 1:22 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The start of construction for a $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is being delayed because a competing steel mill is trying to block the new company from receiving its environmental permit.              

Judge Denies City’s Bid To Close Sriracha Plant

November 1, 2013 10:21 am | by John Rogers, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes.   

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Growing Number Of Federal Regulations Continue To Challenge Manufacturers

October 24, 2013 2:37 pm | News | Comments

NERA Economic Consulting’s update of a report commissioned by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) shows that manufacturing regulatory costs increased an average of 7.6 percent per year since 1998 compared with average growth of 0.4 percent for manufacturing output.

Suzuki Recalling 210,228 Motorcycles

October 23, 2013 11:50 am | by AP | News | Comments

Older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake.                         

Nissan Recalls Over 188,000 SUVs To Fix Brakes

October 23, 2013 11:48 am | by AP | News | Comments

The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60.                             

Shutdown Means No New Beer From Craft Brewers

October 9, 2013 2:02 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger and Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tthe shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.             

Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate In Ill.

October 8, 2013 9:57 am | by Sara Burnett, Associated Press | News | Comments

Koehler's bill would require farmers and manufacturers to label any food that's available for retail sale in Illinois and that contains more than 1 percent of genetically engineered ingredients. The front or back of the package must clearly state "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering."

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Changes In Chemical Management Part 3: Best Practices & Technology

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

In order to appreciate where we are today, it’s helpful to understand the evolution of chemical compliance. Prior to 1970, chemical management was nearly non-existent. Then came OSHA and the EPA, setting the United States on a path toward greater workplace safety and environmental conscientiousness.

Third Guilty Plea Expected In Explosives Case

October 3, 2013 2:22 pm | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosives recycling company employee is expected to plead guilty this month in the investigation into the handling of millions of pounds of military propellant blamed for the evacuation of a Louisiana town, a district attorney said Thursday.

Hattiesburg, MS Sues Hercules Over Pollution

October 1, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The City of Hattiesburg is suing Hercules Inc. and parent company Ashland Inc., claiming groundwater contamination from a closed factory may leach into the city's water supply. The city filed suit Thursday in federal court in Hattiesburg.   

Changes In Chemical Management Part 2: GHS Training Deadline Is Now!

September 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

Some might question why OSHA wants employees trained on the changes a year and half before chemical manufacturers and distributors have to make them, and the answer is because OSHA wants employees familiar with new label elements and the new safety data sheet format before they encounter them in the workplace. 

Changes In Chemical Management Part 1: OSHA Adopts GHS

September 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

Today over 43 million workers in over 5 million workplaces are covered by the HazCom Standard, which means OSHA’s adoption of GHS creates compliance issues that extend far and wide into American workplaces, especially  industrial facilities. The biggest changes that companies in the United States will see thanks to GHS adoption are to chemical classification, labels and safety data sheets.

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Feet On The Floor

September 17, 2013 4:20 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The risk of slips and falls is one every business must face, but industrial environments contend with the added challenge of preventing significantly more dangerous incidents. With heavy machinery, rotating equipment, sharp corners, and other various dangers around every corner, it’s critical manufacturers stress safety… and what better place to start than the floors.

Fastener Standards Today: Improving Quality

September 17, 2013 4:17 pm | by Dick Seidl, Global Applications Engineering Director, Stanley Engineered Fastening | Articles | Comments

Fasteners are essential to modern life; it is easy to forget just what an important role they play. Automakers have reported that the majority of their warranty costs arise from fastener related issues – ranging from the simple rattle in the dashboard coming from a loose tapping screw to a major recall resulting from mis-torqued high strength fasteners in the steering system. Many problems relate back to the not-so-simple fastener.

FDA Halts Drugs From Top Indian Drugmaker's Plant

September 17, 2013 2:18 pm | by Kay Johnson, Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators have placed a ban on imported drugs from a factory operated by India's largest pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy Laboratories, due to manufacturing and quality control problems. The import alert, issued Friday by the Food and Drug Administration, effectively stops imports of 11 drugs from Ranbaxy's Mohali factory in Punjab province. 

TX Law Gets Tough On Public, Private Drone Use

September 16, 2013 10:05 am | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40 state legislatures have debated the increasing presence of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace, with most of the proposals focused on protecting people from overly intrusive surveillance by law enforcement. But Texas' law tips the scales in police favor — giving them broad freedoms to use drones during investigations and allowing them to bypass a required search warrant if they have suspicions of illegal activity.

Study: New Gas Development Boom Unlikely In MI

September 6, 2013 2:19 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Michigan may have large natural gas reserves deep underground, but it will likely be years before they would be developed on a large scale, giving policymakers time to deal with the environmental and public health concerns associated with the extraction method known as fracking, according to a study released Thursday.

$150,000 Car Of The Future: Driver Not Needed

September 6, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news, or maybe even nap (if you’re the type to put complete trust into driverless technology).

NH's New Law Protecting Auto Dealers Is Challenged

September 3, 2013 10:19 am | by Rik Stevens, Associated Press | News | Comments

Farm and heavy equipment manufacturers including John Deere have sued to block a new law that gives New Hampshire auto dealers new protections in their contracts with them. The companies say the so-called Auto Dealers Bill of Rights, which takes effect Sept. 23, improperly lumps them in with automakers.

Piracy, Printing, And A New Era Of Manufacturing

September 3, 2013 8:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

A topic that doesn’t seem to come up, at least via outlets that are 3D-printer friendly (which are in a powerful majority at this point), is the proliferation of piracy thanks to the quickly emerging 3D-printer market. Much like Napster brought a slapped major record labels across the face, 3D printing is poised to make major manufacturers shake in their boots… maybe.

Labor Rules To Boost Employment For Vets, Disabled

August 28, 2013 10:09 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations. The rules will require most government contractors to set a goal of having disabled workers make up 7 percent of their employees. 

New Water Permitting Requirements Issued For CA

August 27, 2013 3:23 pm | by David Metres, Associate with Barg Coffin | News | Comments

California water regulators recently published a new draft of permitting requirements applicable to many businesses – including many businesses never before subject to water quality regulation.  After 16 years of settled practice, businesses will face a significant change to storm water regulation in California if the draft requirements become the law.

Safety Vs. Enforcement: Agencies At Odds Over Probe

August 27, 2013 2:29 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is fighting with itself over a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California that sent 15,000 people to hospitals with respiratory ailments. In one corner is the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. In the other is the EPA.

Lab Owner Sentenced To 40 Months In Waste Case

August 27, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson sentenced Tennie White to 40 months during a hearing Monday. 

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