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Jim Beam Warehouse Fire

Kentucky site containing over 40,000 barrels of bourbon destroyed A Kentucky warehouse operated by bourbon maker Jim Beam was set ablaze July 2, combusting around 45,000 barrels of spirits and ultimately collapsing around 11:30 PM. The Beam complex included two warehouses, the second of which also caught fire but was contained by the adept response […]

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Can CPP Rollback Bring Coal Back?

EPA officially nixes CPP…and other news in utilities, renewable energy The Environmental Protection Agency, a branch designed to protect the natural human and animal habitats of Earth, has completed one of the more controversial moves in its history. The EPA finalized the rollback of the Clean Power Plan on June 19th. In replacement, the agency […]

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Racehorse Rigging

Electrical devices used in brutal treatment of racehorses In the competitive world of horse racing, desire to win sometimes yields horrific measures. Participants resort to the use of electrical apparatus—specifically battery-powered shocking mechanisms called “jiggers”—in an effort to compel a horse’s physical ability. In the most recent instance, Australian trainer Jerrod McLean and his owner […]

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Sustainable Steel Curtain

US Steel investing major dollars in sustainable PA factory prototype Sustainable Steel? Never thought you’d hear those words, did ya? Well, it’s here. United States Steel Corporation is investing more than $1 billion in the place where its reputation was first forged more than a century ago: the Mon Valley Works facility near Pittsburgh. The […]

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Live From AWEA 2019

Windpower 2019 in Houston is incorporating more than wind Electrical Apparatus is in Houston for the country’s premier wind power event this week, and there’s plenty to see. The show has expanded each year to cover more than just the wind industry; almost all sectors of renewable energy are being represented and/or discussed this year. […]

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Metaling in NASA’s Affairs

Diving further into last week’s VOTW topic as details emerge Talk about a ‘long con’. News erupted last Thursday that aluminum manufacturer Hydro Extrusion—formerly known as Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI)—admitted to providing customers, the most prominent of which included U.S. government contracts such as NASA and the Department of Defense, with falsified certifications for almost […]

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Lithium-Ion Questions

Battery storage enters its boom-or-bust phase A recent fire at an APS (Arizona Pubic Service) battery storage facility in Surprise, Arizona was unfortunately not the first such incident for the company. Eight firefighters were injured in the April 19 incident, which made national news, but the extreme dryness and heat of the state and region […]

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Notre Dame Fire

Revered Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burns down In a shocking tragedy for Parisians, one of the most famous (and oldest) structures in Europe crumbled to the ground Monday after a fire started in the revered Notre Dame Cathedral. As of Thursday morning, questions remain as to whether the fire might have been caused by […]

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Greener Harbours

Seafaring airline pledges to convert entire fleet to electric The world’s largest floatplane-only airline, according to CleanTechnica, Harbour Air will be the first seafaring airline to convert its complete fleet of de Havilland Beaver, Otter, Twin Otter aircraft and lone Cessna Caravan to electricity. These 41 vintage aircraft will be converted to reach a longer […]

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Durham Incident

Fatal gas explosion in N.C. forces authorities to consider recent statistics A major gas explosion in Durham, N.C. occurred yesterday. The blast was fatal, taking one person’s life and wounding at least 17 others. Durham’s mayor said city officials concluded the cause of the explosion was a contractor who breached a 2-inch gas pipeline while […]

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