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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their...

The Refrigerated Extractor Dryer

July 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by La-Man Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

La-Man Corporation offers a series of Refrigerated Air Dryers to provide reduced dewpoint...

July 2014: Energy Intelligence Report

July 16, 2014 10:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we focus on improving energy efficiency in your facility, take...

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Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

Advanced Dock Sealing System

May 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Rite-Hite | Videos | Comments

The Eclipse is the first system to block light and seal gaps where previous enclosures have failed, guaranteeing the darkest, most environmentally-secure dock possible, says the company.                   

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                    

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Curtain Walls Contain Dust, Help Improve Air Quality

May 8, 2014 10:03 am | by Zoneworks by Rite-Hite | Product Releases | Comments

Zoneworks SCL Curtain Walls by Rite-Hite make up a highly flexible and adaptable fabric wall system that makes it easy to contain dust, smoke, or fumes, while improving air quality by dividing the interior space of industrial facilities. 

Outside Lab Asked To Review Wash. Vapor Problem

April 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina lab will lead an independent review of chemical fumes reported by workers at waste storage tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington state.          

Court Revives EPA Cross-State Pollution Rule

April 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dina Cappiello & Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has given the Environmental Protection Agency an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.           

Flashing Dome Signal Lights

April 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Patlite | Product Releases | Comments

The most telling feature of these new dome signal lights is the 200 percent to 500 percent increase in luminosity over previous generation LEDs. 

Why Low Voltage Lighting Is Growing In Popularity Within The Industrial Sector

November 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics Magnalight | Articles | Comments

Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the generally safer operation it presents. In many cases, low voltage lighting is indicated for use in specific locations according to OSHA regulations and NEC recommendations. 

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Reflecting On Reflectivity: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

November 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Richard Catley, The Garland Company and Joseph W. Mellott, Roof Consultant Institute | Articles | Comments

Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many buildings, but they also offer benefits in terms of service life extension, fire retardancy, reducing the heat-history of the underlying membrane and insulation, improve traffic resistance, increase friction for safety, preserve impact resistance, help shed water or even be part of a waterproofing system.

High-Efficiency VTH Venturi Heater Coil

November 5, 2013 3:53 pm | by Berner International Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Berner International Corp. has added lengths up to 16-foot-long and the high-efficiency VTH Venturi heater coil to its VS Series air curtains.

Ceramic Lamps With Electronic Ballasts

October 29, 2013 9:47 am | by EYE Lighting | Product Releases | Comments

EYE Lighting 375W ceramic lamps run on an exclusive electronic ballast, and can be used to replace up to 1000W HPS and MH systems, generating over 675 watts in energy savings.

Beijing Adopts New Smog Emergency Measures

October 22, 2013 9:56 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.          

Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

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Argentines Worry Agrochemicals Are Killing Them

October 21, 2013 9:40 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996.                     

Efficient Warehouse Lighting

October 18, 2013 9:01 am | by Magnaray | Product Releases | Comments

Magnaray (Sarasota, FL) introduces the WLED-48, WLED-96, and WLED-192 luminaires.

Temperature Data Logger

October 18, 2013 8:57 am | by Onset | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO UX120 Thermocouple Logger, a four-channel LCD data logger for measuring and recording temperature in a broad range of monitoring applications.

Mid-Wave Infrared Camera

October 18, 2013 8:54 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Portland, OR) announces the introduction of the FLIR A6700sc, the company’s newest science-grade mid-wave infrared camera that redefines affordable high performance.

Terex Corporation To Upgrade Okla. City Facility

October 16, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Terex Corporation of Westport, Conn., said Wednesday that the upgrade comes following the sale of some road building equipment that was manufactured at the Oklahoma City plant.          

Pa., W.Va. Landowners Sue FirstEnergy Over Waste

October 15, 2013 9:49 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corp. over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the 7-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.  

Explosion Proof Lighting: Quality Is The Goal (Part I)

September 4, 2013 8:02 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings. 

Ammonia Leak Kills 15 People In Shanghai

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China's financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said. Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

IEPA OKs Work At Fire-Damaged Plant

August 29, 2013 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says limited manufacturing may resume at a fire-damaged northern Illinois chemical plant. Agency officials and attorney general's office gave the approval Wednesday for the Nova-Kem plant in the town of Seward, about 18 miles west of Rockford.

Air Pollution Takes Toll On China's Tourism

August 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame. Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.

HVLS Fans As A Complement to HVAC

August 12, 2013 3:58 pm | by Dan Anderson, Rite-Hite Fans | Articles | Comments

Distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and other large, open warehouse environments face a host of unique design and maintenance challenges. These challenges include energy costs, temperature control, air quality, and employee safety/comfort issues. In an effort to mitigate these challenges, more and more facilities are installing high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans as a complement to their HVAC system.

Dream, Build, Create

August 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 1939 – and inspired by a plastic toothbrush – L.A. Blackwellhad a simple dream: To be able to produce a well-made, standard, plastic product. He built his first injection molding machine by hand and Houston, TX became home to a leader in custom plastics injection molding and extrusion: Blackwell Plastics, Inc.

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