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Supreme Court Rejects EPA Mercury Rules

June 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected federal regulations curbing mercury emissions and other harmful pollutants from power plants.

Fire At Giant Apple Plant In Arizona Quickly Controlled

May 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a huge plant owned by tech giant Apple Inc. in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa caused a...

Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths To Oilfield Vapors

April 15, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nine oilfield workers over the last five years died on the job after inhaling deadly vapors near...

Tiny Blue Bubbles Designed To Help Save The Planet

March 17, 2015 11:46 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

A team of engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory may have found a way to capture...

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Industry Group Warns Of Vapors At Fracking Sites

February 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

Health, Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 4, 2015 11:24 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Health advocates and environmental groups are urging federal officials to adopt stricter limits on ozone, while an industry group argued taking that step would needlessly hamper manufacturing.                 

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful manufacturing business.           

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GOP-Controlled Congress, Obama Prepare For Climate Showdown

January 6, 2015 1:20 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The Republicans vow to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.

Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions.                             

Year After W.Va. Chemical Spill, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost a year after chemicals leaked into the Elk River, former Freedom Industries executives, the company itself and two other employees are facing criminal charges in the spill.                     

New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

December 4, 2014 11:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

November 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces it will highlight its line of Woodhead Super-Safeway and Safeway Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) at the Rockwell Automation Show, November 19-20 in Anaheim, CA.

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U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.                                 

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

Ford Invests In New LED Lighting For Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 10:13 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting quality.

Improving Electrical Safety In The Workplace

September 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year.                           

Over Half Of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency In 2015

September 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results.

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AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 17, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                           

Cleanup Of Lead, Arsenic At Charleston Plant Begins

September 5, 2014 11:48 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Work begins next month on cleaning the lead and arsenic-laced ground and water at the site of an old fertilizer plant in Charleston, the fifth such site in the area to be cleaned in seven years.                

Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 12:59 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.             

Land Owners Join Suit Against Whirlpool Corp.

August 18, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of polluted land in northern Ohio are joining a civil lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster.                   

Pressuring Apple For Change

August 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Apple Inc. announced that it is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its products as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers. But were they bullied into the decision? 

Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 8:12 am | by Land Rover USA | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.                         

1 Dead, 3 Hurt In Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

Ga. Investigated Complaint Against MFG Chemical Plant

July 25, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show.               

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week a Shanghai television station reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.       

Supreme Court Limits Existing EPA Global Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                  

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